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The RHCS curriculum analyzes and theorizes symbolic action across a variety of venues, including law, rhetoric, media, elective politics, history, resistance efforts, public memory, and relational dynamics.
Student Success

Ryan Locke 2007, our RHCS alumni and a lawyer in Atlanta GA is now a Judge! 

Jacob Gilyard , 21 has won the Senior CLASS Award, given to one senior or graduate student in NCAA Division I men's basketball in recognition of his achievements in competition, the classroom, the community, and one's character. Gilyard is the first Richmond player to win the award since it was created in 2001 and the third Atlantic 10 player to win along with Saint Joseph's Jameer Nelson in 2004 and Xavier's David West in 2002. Gilyard completed his Bachelor's degree in Rhetoric & Communication Studies from Richmond in 2021 and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Human Resources Management.

Dr. Chaz Antoine Barracks, '11, Bonner Scholar alum, and Center for Civic Engagement's first Community-Engaged Scholar-in-Residence was named the Black and Bold Awards Honoree at the Black & Bold Awards, presented by the Virginia-based nonprofit Diversity Richmond.

Jonathan de Marte, '17 is competing in the Tokyo Olympics in baseball for Team Israel. Read more

Lori Tiernan, '08 recently started a new position as Managing Director of Marketing at Valkyrie.  

Leslie Stevens, '16 completed a master's degree from New York University and started a new position as Associate Manager in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Carta.

Destiny Riley, '18 graduated with an M.A. in Music Business from New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Ana Paula Alvarado was chosen as the student speaker for University of Richmond Class of 2021 Commencement. Watch the entire ceremony here.

Beverly Duran, '14 utilizes what she learned as a RHCS alum and works towards social change as an Organizer for International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21.

Research by RHCS alum, Kristina Scharp, was recently featured in The Atlantic article, "A Shift in American Family Values Is Fueling Estrangement." Read the article here.

Samella Koroma recently joined University of Maryland as the Athletics Academic Advisor/Learning Specialist.

RHCS major Luke Malcynsky is the co-author (with Professor Lauren Tilton and UR grads Emeline Blevins and Hanglin Zhou) of the article, “The Role of Metadata in American Studies,” in the most recent issue of the Polish Journal of American Studies.

From the classroom to the workforce, these RHCS students have entered their dream careers! Amber Ducksworth, Human Resources Manager at Everyday Health Group; Brianna Puccini, Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director at U.S. Senator Deb Fischer; Claire Noppenberger, Communications Administrator and Meeting Coordinator at Association and Government Relations Management (AGRM); Adam Ferguson, Arts Editor at TUNDRA Enthusiast Network; Darius Naficy, promoted to Chief Creative Officer, North America at CSM Sport & Entertainment; Nickolaus Trevino, promoted to Media Director at Fearless Media.

Nick Sherod, '21 published "Black athletes must use their voices on campus and beyond" for SBNation Mid-Major Madness

Jamilah LeCruise was recently featured as a Rising Star in Super Lawyers magazine and was awarded the 2020 R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award by the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference.

Mary McKeller, '19 has been accepted into the MA program in Rhetoric and Philosophy of Communication at Duquesne University with a Graduate Assistantship. Tom Dunn, '02 has been named a Monfort Professor, one of Colorado State University’s highest honors. Read more about this honor and his research interests here.

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

  • Hobgood Selected as Panelist

    Linda Hobgood, director of the Speech Center and rhetoric and communications studies faculty member, was a recent panelist for a program entitled, “Pat Nixon: Unheralded First Lady,” sponsored by the First Ladies Association for Research and Education (FLARE).

  • Tilton and Arnold Awarded

    Lauren Tilton, associate professor of digital humanities, and Taylor Arnold, associate professor of statistics, received a $485,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation for their Distant Viewing Toolkit project. Learn more.

  • Mifsud Published

    Mari Lee Mifsud, professor of rhetoric and women, gender, and sexuality studies, has published a new essay entitled, “Appendix: Atelēs” in the edited collection, A New Handbook of Rhetoric, edited by Michele Kennerly.

  • Mifsud Published

    Mari Lee Mifsud, professor of rhetoric and women, gender, and sexuality studies, has published a new essay entitled, “Atechnē” in the edited collection,  A New Handbook of Rhetoric, edited by Michele Kennerly.

  • Tilton and Arnold Awarded

    Lauren Tilton, assistant professor of digital humanities, and Taylor Arnold, associate professor of statistics, received a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Advancement grant. Learn more.

  • Tilton Collaborates with Library of Congress

    Lauren Tilton, assistant professor of rhetoric & communication studies, has been selected as a researcher to work with the Library of Congress on three inaugural Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud projects.

  • Alam Joins RCHS

    Md Khorshed Alam, Ph.D., has joined the Department of Rhetoric & Communications Studies as a Visiting Research Scholar. Dr. Alam completed his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of South Florida in December '20.

  • Interactive Photo Collection

    Photogrammar, an open-access, web-based tool that allows users to easily navigate and engage photographs taken between 1935-1943, is now housed at UR thanks to the work of Lauren Tilton, assistant professor of rhetoric & communication studies, and Taylor Arnold, assistant professor of statistics. Read more about the program here.

  • Maurantonio Published

    Nicole Maurantonio, associate professor in rhetoric & communication studies, published ‘“Green Life Matters”: Place and the Politics of Environmental and Commemorative Justice’ in Communication, Culture and Critique.

  • Tilton Co-authors Publication

    Lauren Tilton, assistant professor of rhetoric & communication studies, co-authored “The Role of Metadata in American Studies” in Polish Journal for American Studies with RHCS major, Luke Malcynsky, and alums, Emeline Blevins, ’17 and Hanglin Zhou, ’20.

RhCS Feature Stories

Alum Resesarch Featured in NY TimesKristina Scharp, '06, had her research into family estrangement featured in the New York Times.
Lambda Pi Eta InductionCongratulations to the recent inductees of Lambda Pi Eta.
As Opening Night ApproachesAdam Ferguson, '11, takes the University of Richmond Magazine behind the scenes of "The Boy in the Bathroom," a new musical he is directing for Firehouse Theatre. Read More
Monument, Museum, Media Course

Contact Us

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

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

Department Chair: Timothy Barney
Academic Administrative Coordinator: Robin Mundle