Ph.D., University of Denver, 1983
Communication and Disability
Richard Welch has taught a wide range of the field’s core research traditions, most prominently connected to business communication, journalism and mass communication studies and media production. Prior to coming to Georgia State University, Dr. Welch accumulated a distinguished teaching record at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania, Kennesaw State University (where he worked for 12 years) and Villanova University. Before entering academia, Dr. Welch worked as a newspaper reporter, advertising designer, public relations manager and researcher. He is also a Vietnam veteran, having served with the Air Force in Saigon in 1972-73.
Dr. Welch is formerly the executive director of the Anti-Prejudice Consortium, an Atlanta-based initiative organized to conduct diversity training in middle schools. While director of the communication program at Mercyhurst, he reorganized the curriculum, expanded student media programs and oversaw a quadrupling in the number of majors. He was on the initial board of directors for the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators and in 2011, traveled to Syria to conduct workshops for that country’s national media under the auspices of the Syrian National Council for the Disabled. At GSU, Dr. Welch coordinates a study abroad experience that takes students every May to Quito, Ecuador.
Dr. Welch’s publications have appeared in Notes on Teaching English, the Handbook of Popular Culture, and elsewhere, and in his spare time he can be regularly found working on novel and screenplay projects.