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Department News

Distinguished Educator Award Recipient:
University of Richmond School of Arts and Sciences
Tim Barney, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communications Studies

Students in Dr. Tim Barney's Spring 2017 FYS course, "The Rhetorical Lives of Maps," have collaborated with UR's Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) to produce an interactive map, "The Executive Abroad 1905-2016." The map tracks the growth of global travel by American presidents and their secretaries of state over the course of a century-plus, and will be featured as part of the DSL's American Panorama series.

Congratulations to this year's student award winners:

Academic Excellence Award: Hayley Gray-Hoehn
Research Achievement Award: Brandon Johnson

Dr. Lauren Tilton has just accepted a tenure-track position in the Rhetoric and Communication Studies Department. This past year, Dr. Tilton was a visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities. She received her BA from UVA and her PhD from Yale in American Studies in 2016. Her dissertation examines participatory media in the 1960s. She is also the co-principal investigator of Photogrammar, a digital humanities project that helps us re-visualize 170,000 FSA photographs. This year, Lauren has been teaching Introduction to Digital Humanities and an FYS titled “Documenting 1960s America” and leading a Digital Humanities faculty learning community.  

Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from RhCS faculty are being read around the globe.

Faculty Highlights

  • Maurantonio Grant

    Dr. Nicole Maurantonio has been awarded a year-long fellowship from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for work on her book project, Changing Hearts and Minds: Memory, Race and the Confederacy in 21st Century Richmond.

  • Maurantonio Article

    Dr. Nicole Maurantonio's research on how journalism helps cover up systemic racism was featured in Journalism Research News.

  • Mifsud Podcast

    Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud discussed her recent book, Rhetoric and the Gift: Ancient Rhetorical Theory and Contemporary Communication, as part of the Podcasts@Boatwright Series.

  • Barney Profile

    Style Weekly profiled rhetoric professor Tim Barney's new book on the geopolitics of maps.

  • Mifsud publishes two new books

    Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud published A Revolution in Tropes: Alliosotrophic Rhetoric and Rhetoric and the Gift: Ancient Rhetorical Theory and Contemporary Communication.

  • Achter Articles

    Dr. Paul Achter recently published a piece on "The Wire" on Huffington Post, and "Reluctant Conquests: Media Events and the End of the Iraq War.” in the forthcoming book, A Communication Perspective on the Military: Interactions, Messages, and Discourses.

  • Barney publishes article

    Dr. Timothy Barney published "'A Tale of Two Vaclavs': Rhetorical History and the Concept of 'Return' in Post-Communist Czech Leadership." in Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Special Issue: Rhetorics of '1989' and After: Rhetorical Archaeologies of Political Transition.

  • New Maurantonio Article

    Dr. Nicole Maurantonio recently published "Remembering Rodney King: Myth, Racial Reconciliation, and Civil Rights History" in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

  • Barney Publishes Book

    Timothy Barney's book, Mapping the Cold War: Cartography and the Framing of America's International Power will soon be published by UNC Press.

RhCS Feature Stories

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Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies
402-C Weinstein Hall
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8263
Fax: (804) 287-6496

Chair: Dr. Paul Achter
Administrative Coordinator: Robin Mundle