209 Elliott Hall
Ph.D. in Interpersonal and Public Communication, 1978, Bowling Green State University
Dr. Rick Armstrong taught at the State University of New York-College at Brockport and at New Mexico State University before coming to WSU in 1987.
Dr. Armstrong's research specialty is the analysis of religious rhetoric. Publications include a book on the rhetoric of a late Mormon world religious leader and a co-authored public speaking textbook. In a current book-length project he analyzes the General Conference speaking of all the Latter-day Saint presidents from founder Joseph Smith (1805-1844) to the present. He has also completed a novel and is looking for a publisher for it.
He has presented nearly 40 papers at state, regional, national, and international conferences and has had his work published in Text and Performance Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journal of Media and Religion, Journal of Communication and Religion, Career Development Quarterly, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Association of Communication Administration Journal, and the Proceedings of the 10th Annual Hawaii International Conference for Arts and Humanities, among others. He has also published an article on televangelism in the Encyclopedia of Religion, Communication, and Media.
Dr. Armstrong is active in service having served on committees at the school, college, university, and national levels. He has also held a variety of community volunteer positions, such as serving on the board of directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc., the district committee for the Boy Scouts of America, and in various LDS Church leadership and teaching volunteer positions.
He is currently the director of Communication Upward Bound (CUB), a federally funded grant program ($250,000 per annum) designed to introduce eligible high school students to the communication field and to help prepare them for college. CUB is housed in Elliott Hall on the WSU campus. He is also the director of the Basic Course (Public Speaking). In addition, he has been project director for various Kansas Health Foundation grants. He and his wife, Kristy, have three sons and eight adorable grandchildren.
COMM 111 Basic Public Speaking (both regular and honors sections)
COMM 311 Persuasion
COMM 325 Business and Professional Speaking
COMM 535 Communication Analysis and Criticism
COMM 636 Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 650 Communication Training and Development
COMM 720 Dimensions of Mass Communication
COMM 750C Oral Communication Methods
COMM 801 Introduction to Communication Research
COMM 802 Qualitative Methodologies in Applied Communication Research
COMM 865 Organizational Communication