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Richard N. Armstrong

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Richard Normand Armstrong, known as R.N. Armstrong or Rick Armstrong (born 1945), is an author, scholar, and college professor known for his studies of the rhetoric of prominent televangelists and other religious leaders.

Armstrong was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and received his B.A. degree in Communication, 1972, Southern Utah University, his M.A. degree in Communication, 1974, Brigham Young University, and his Ph.D. degree in Interpersonal and Public Communication, 1978, Bowling Green State University.

Armstrong taught at the State University of New York-College at Brockport and at New Mexico State University before beginning his tenure at Wichita State University in 1987. Armstrong teaches Organizational Communication, Communication Training and Development, Public Speaking (both regular and honors sections), and Business and Professional Speaking, among other courses.

His research speciality is the analysis of religious rhetoric. Publications include a book on the rhetoric of late world religious leader David O. McKay entitled The Rhetoric of David O. McKay: Mormon Prophet (American University Studies Series VII, Theology and Religion) and co-authored public speaking textbooks. He is reportedly currently working on a book in which he analyzes the General Conference speaking of all the Latter-day Saint presidents from Joseph Smith, Jr. to the present.

Armstrong has presented more than 30 papers at state, regional, and national conferences and has published articles 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, and the Association of Communication Administration Journal, 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 and has served in a variety of community volunteer roles, such as for the Boy Scouts of America and Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. A leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he is an active management communication consultant and has recently served as project director for two Kansas Health Foundation grants. He and his wife, Kristy, have three grown sons, one of whom is Eric M. Armstrong, publisher and head film critic of The Moving Arts Film Journal.

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