Richard A. Maxson, Ph.D.

Richard A. Maxson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication

(417) 873-6814
Shewmaker Communication Center, Room 139
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Dr. Maxson joined the communication department in 2000. Maxson teaches persuasion theory, rhetorical criticism, foundations of communication, and communication ethics. He is presently faculty advisor to the Drury chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, honor society of the National Communication Association. He is also the faculty advisor to DUkes, Drury University's Ukulele Club.

Dr. Maxson's research interests include apocalyptic discourse, memorials and the construction of public memory, and communication education. He is a member of the National Communication Association and the Religious Speech Communication Association.  Dr. Maxson spends his summers teaching at a youth camp in Indiana and teaching communication courses in Klaipeda, Lithuania at Lithuania Christian College.

B.A., California State University-Fresno, 1985
M.A., California State University-Fresno, 1987
Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington, 1998

Drury University faculty member since 2000
Associate Professor since 2000


  • Lieber Memorial Teaching Award-Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Speech Tradition Award for Excellence in Teaching Public Speaking
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers
  • 2007 Drury University Faculty Award for Teaching