Darryl L. “D.L.” Richardson


BA, University of Montevallo, Speech Communication
MA, University of Montevallo, Communication Arts with an Emphasis in Speech Communication & Journalism

Teaching Experience

Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR September 2001–August 2013
Assistant Professor of Communication/Senior Instructor of Journalism
Chair of the Department of Communication, 2008–2010
Multicultural Faculty in Residence (7 years)
Bevill State Community College, Jasper, AL January 2001–August 2001
Adjunct Professor of Speech Communication
University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL August 1997–December 2000
Instructor, Mass Communication & Journalism
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL August 1993–July 1997
Adjunct Professor of Speech & Journalism/Associate Director for Minorities,
School of Communication
Area Coordinator of Residential Life

Courses Taught

Argumentation & Debate Broadcast Journalism
Copyediting & Design Internship Coordinator
Investigative Reporting Journalistic Writing
Media Across Cultures Media Ethics
Media History Media Law
Newswriting Principles of Debate
Public Relations Public Speaking
The Civil Rights Movement & the Media University Seminar

Guest Lectures & Advising

“Utilizing Expressive Speech & Communication Through Art” (California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA)
“Effective Verbal & Nonverbal Communication Skills” (SOU Resident Assistants & Hall Directors)
“Reporting to Multicultural Publics” (University of Florida)
Panel participant, “Current State of Journalism” (Ashland Chapter of AAUW)
“African Americans Reconnecting with Africa” (Common Ground Film Festival)
“The Importance of Journalism During the Civil Rights Movement” (The Jefferson Exchange)
“Hollywood’s View of the Middle Passage” (Elderhostel Program)
“Pawns of the Movement: How the Mainstream Press Was Manipulated by the Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement” (National Association of African American Studies Conference)
Guest Lecturer in Southern Oregon University classes, including Political Science; Gender, Race, & Media; Native American History; Communication Across Cultures; English; and Tribal Dance
Academic Advisor, Bevill State College, the University of Montevallo, the University of Alabama, and Southern Oregon University
Advisor, Siskiyou (SOU student newspaper), SOU Black Student Union, and SOU Forensics Team
Assistant Coach, University of Montevallo Forensics Team

Multicultural Experience

Served as the University of Alabama’s Associate Director of the Program for Minorities (School of Communication). Responsible for recruiting students; academic advising; and helping to secure, organize, and advise a student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (Capstone Association of Black Journalists). Organized an annual two-week summer Minority Journalism Workshop for high school students.
Emcee and Steering Committee Member for the annual City of Ashland’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. This program is a joint venture between the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, City of Ashland, Southern Oregon University, Ashland School District, and Ashland Chamber of Commerce. Held on the national observance of MLK’s birthday, the event is typically attended by 800–900 people. The program brings together a variety of cultural performances from all over the Rogue Valley and brings in a guest speaker to tie into the theme of the year. The 2013 event can be viewed here.
Co-created the Oregon Multicultural Alliance for state public four-year institutions.
Created and co-chaired the SOU Multicultural Council.
Managed and organized the SOU Diversity Scholars Program. Included monitoring students’ academic progress and deciding whom to award scholarships to each year.
Helped create an alliance between SOU and the California School of the Arts, which also resulted in a major artistic gift to SOU from internationally known artist Raymond Saunders. The piece can be found on display in SOU’s Hannon Library.
Created the annual “Family Reunion.” Held each spring, this giant picnic promotes family and togetherness among the diverse cultures of the campus community.
Co-chaired and helped organized the City of Ashland’s first “Say Hey” event. Used this as an opportunity to connect Diversity Scholars with the business community through a reception that brought together people from diverse cultures throughout the Rogue Valley. More than 300 people attended the event.

Additional Speaking Experience

Annual Speaker at the Walker Elementary School’s (Ashland, OR) annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program
Keynote Speaker at the City of Medford’s Oregon Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program
Guest Host on The Jefferson Exchange of Jefferson Public Radio (an affiliate of National Public Radio)
Hosted and introduced a month-long series of Great African American Speeches on Jefferson Public Radio to celebrate African American History Month
Guest on local TV Channel KOBI-5 Five at Five to discuss Martin Luther King Jr. events in celebration of the federal holiday

Professional Memberships

National Communication Association
National Association of Black Journalists
American Journalism Historians Association
Southeast American Journalism Historians Association
Investigative Reporters & Editors
Society of Professional Journalists
National Association of African American Studies
Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Leadership Fraternity

Community & University Committees

Southern Oregon Historical Society Board Member
Community Works Board Member, University Service
Associated Professors of SOU Board Member/Bargaining Team Member/President
Department Personnel Committee Member
Journalism Search Committee Chair
Konaway Native American High School Summer Enrichment Program Lecturer in Speech
First Amendment Forum Organizer
Race Relations Cross-Country Seminar SOU Organizer
Campus Climate Steering Committee Co-Chair
Admissions Search Committee Member
Athletic Recruitment Committee Member
SOU Debate Team Advisor
Arts & Letters Recruitment Committee Member
Director of Residential Life Search Committee Member
Director of Annual Giving Search Committee Member
Siskiyou Newspaper Advisor
Student Publications Board Member
Van Dyke Ethics Committee Member
SOU Comes to You Presenter
Black Student Union Advisor
SOU Retention Committee Co-Chair
Ashland Cultural Diversity Alliance Steering Committee Member
Ashland MLK Day Celebration Steering Committee/Event Emcee
Ashland High School Black History Month Program Consultant/Faculty Advisor/
Guest Speaker
Walker Elementary Annual Peace Walk Participant/Guest Speaker
Ashland Daily Tidings & Medford Mail Tribune SOU Internship Coordinator
White City Veterans Affairs Domiciliary BSU Program Coordinator
Ashland Daily Tidings Readers Board Member
Faculty Senate Member
Equal Employment Opportunity Committee Member
Minority & International Student Advisory Committee Member
Quail Point Golf Course Men’s Club President