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. Dr. Armstrong currently teaches Communication Training and Development, Persuasion, Public Speaking (both regular and honors sections), Oral Communication Methods, and Business and Professional Speaking.
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 forthcoming book he analyzes the General Conference speaking of all the Latter-day Saint presidents from Joseph Smith (1830) to the present.
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 university service having served on committees at the school, college and university levels. He has also held a variety of community volunteer positions, such as serving on the district committee for the Boy Scouts of America, on the board of directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc., and in various church callings.
He is currently the director of Communication Upward Bound, a federally funded grant program designed to introduce eligible high school students to the communication field and to help prepare them for college. In addition, he has been project director for various Kansas Health Foundation grants. He and his wife, Kristy, have three sons and six adorable grandchildren.
COMM 111 Public Speaking (both regular and honors sections)
COMM 311 Persuasion
COMM 750C Oral Communication Methods
COMM 325 Business and Professional Speaking
COMM 650 Communication Training and Development