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Virginia Peck Richmond


Research and Teaching Interests: Human Communication

Office Hours: By appointment


Virginia Peck Richmond is a distinguished researcher and professor in the field of human communication. She has written books on topics including public speaking, organizational, nonverbal, instructional, and apprehension communication. She has also authored or co-authored many book chapters and research articles where she was the senior author.

While at West Virginia University Dr. Richmond won numerous awards for her teaching and research, including an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University System of West Virginia Board of Trustees and West Virginia University Institute of Technology, and the Donald H. Ecroyd and Caroline Drummond-Ecroyd Teaching Excellence Award from the Eastern Communication Association. She was instrumental in founding and coordinating WVU’s nationally recognized extended learning and educational outreach programs. She has also received distinguished service awards from the World Communication Association and the Eastern Communication Association.


  • Research Interests
    • Corporate and organizational communication
    • Interpersonal communication
    • Public speaking and presentational skills
    • Instructional communication
    • Health communication
    • Nonverbal communication
    • Communication apprehension
    • Avoidance and shyness
    • Diffusion and social change
    • Intercultural communication
    • Gender and communication
    • Communication training and development