Rich Raymond has served as Professor and Head of the Mississippi State English Department since 2004, and retires from that position effective July 1, 2016. He continues to teach online and to serve as consultant to the Writing Center through the fall 2016 term. In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Raymond has developed and taught online sections of English Composition I, literature surveys, and Writing for the Workplace. He also teaches Hawthorne in the BA program and Johnson in the MA program. Recently, he has supported faculty development by teaching in the Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence; currently, he serves as interim director of the Writing Center. Prior to coming to Mississippi State, Dr. Raymond served as Professor of Rhetoric, Director of the Little Rock Writing Project, and Department Chair at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Dr. Raymond spent the spring 2012 term at the University of Pristina in Kosovo. He made his visit as a Fulbright Scholar, the second time he has received such an opportunity and honor. For details on his Kosovo experience, visit his blog at http://reflectionsonkosovo.wordpress.com . See also the most recent publications listed below.
PhD in English, 1978, Miami University
MA, 1970, University of Wyoming
BA, 1969, University of Wyoming
Rhetoric & Composition
Eighteenth century literature
- The Restoration and Jonathan Swift (spring 2011)
- Seminar in English Literature: Dr. Samuel Johnson
- Online Composition I
- British, American, and world literature surveys
- Eighteenth-Century English literature
Writing Visions of Hope: Teaching Twentieth-Century American Literature and Research. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2013. 215 pages.
Readings in Writing Courses: Re-Placing Literature in Composition.
Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Press, 2011.
Teaching American Literature at an East-European University: Explicating the Rhetoric of Liberty.
Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.
Instructor’s Manual to Reporting Technical Information,
7/e. New York: Macmillan, 1992; 8/e, 1995.
“Considering Claims and Finding One’s Place: Teaching Students to Read Twentieth-Century American Poetry.” Pedagogy 14.2 (Spring 2014): 251-87.
“Teaching Johnson’s Sermons: The Nexus of Rhetoric and Literature.” The CEA Critic 74.1 (Fall 2011): 1-19.
“Replacing Lit in Comp II: Pragmatic/Humanistic Benefits.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College 37.4 (May 2010): 384-396.
“When Writing Professors Teach Literature: Shaping Questions, Finding Answers, Effecting Change.” College Composition and Communication 59.3 (February 2008): 473-502.
“Albania Immured: Rozafa, Kadare, and the Sacrifice of Truth.” South Atlantic Review 71.4 (Fall 2006): 62-77.
“Shaping Consensus through Collaboration.” The Department Chair 15.4 (Spring 2005): 7-9.
“Rhetorcizing English Studies: Students’ Ways of Reading Oleanna. Pedagogy 3.1 (Winter 2003): 53-71.
"Shaping Consensus from Difference: Administering Writing Programs in Departments of Writing and English." Writing Program Administration 25 (Fall/Winter 2001): 45-58.
- Fulbright Professor in American Studies, University of Shkoder, Albania, January-July, 2003
- Excellence in Teaching Award, May 2, 2000
- Rhetoric and Writing named “Department of Excellence” for 1998
Interim Director of Learning Communities, 2005-2006