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Richard Ward - MS, BA

Richard Ward

Department of English

Phone: 478.471.2893

  • Macon - School of Arts and Letters - 205
    Phone: 478.471.2893
    Fax: 478.471.5794
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 9:30am-10:30am
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00am-12:00pm
Biography: Richard Ward's areas of study are Technical Communication, Communication Studies, and Cultural Studies, as he continues work on his dissertation. His particular interest lies in the “darkside” of communication; specifically, lying and misinformation (or alternative facts) as they can be found in science and technical communication and how the public might be manipulated through their varying ideologies. This interest has led him down a path of research that explores manufactured scientific controversies and how they can become politicized through scientific filibustering, “gumming up” the mechanism of scientific progress that often has catastrophic outcomes.
Courses: ENGL 1101 English Composition
ENGL 5106 Technical Writing in the Digital Age
PFWR 4660 Advanced Professional Writing
COMM 3050 Persuasion & Strategic Communication
NMAC 3108 Writing for Digital Media
Education: MS Rhetoric, Theory & Culture from Michigan Technological University
BA Professional Writing and Rhetoric from York College of Pennsylvania

* English
* Farsi
* Russian
* Spanish
Professional Experience: Graduate Teaching Instructor – Composition; Scientific and Technical Communication; Public Speaking
Michigan technological University, Houghton, Mi. 2015 – 2022

Adjunct Professor of Communication – Public Speaking; Interpersonal Communication; and English
Gogebic Community College, Houghton, Mi. 2017 – 2020

Adjunct Professor of English – English 101 & 102
Great Basin College, Elko, Nv. 2018 – 2019
Professional Affiliations: 2018
Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Conference, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Mi.

Reformatting the World: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Technology and Humanities, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, South Central Pennsylvania Area - Reviewer

Pennsylvania Association for Developmental Education, Harrisburg, Pa.

Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference, Shippensburg University, Pa.
Organizations: National Communication Association 2017-Present
Association of Teachers of Technical Writing 2016 – Present
National Council of Teachers of English 2015 – Present
Sigma Tau Delta (National English Honors Society) 2013 – Present
Vice President of Alpha Nu Omega Chapter 2014 – 2015
Administrator for Department of Humanities Graduate Mentor Program 2017 – 2019
Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture Committee at Michigan Technological University 2015 – 2016
Master’s Program Representative
Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators 2012 – 2014
Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association 2012 – 2013
Awards and Honors: Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Peer Mentorship – Michigan Technological University

Departmental Recognition for Outstanding Academic Achievement and History of Service to the Department – York College of Pennsylvania

First Place, Bob Hoffman Student Writing Contest: Creative Non-fiction – York College of Pennsylvania
Publications: Academic:

Ward, Richard, and Stefka Hristova. 2022. “Slogans of White Supremacy: Imagined Minority Corruption in Trump-Era Politics.” In Corruption and Illiberal Politics in the Trump Era, First. London: Routledge.

2017. “The Visual and Performing Arts in the Technical Communication Classroom: Reinforcing the University’s Internal Community Literacy via Service-Learning.” Master’s Report. Michigan Technological University. http://digitalcommons.mtu.edu/etdr/1.


2018. “A Rumble in the Woods.” In Pennsylvania’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction, 17–25. Z Publishing House.

2015. “Cute from a Distance.” York Review 21: 10–15.

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