Ryan McCullough


Assistant Professor  |  Dept. of Journalism, Communication Studies & Visual Art  |  Director of Forensics


Professor McCullough teaches communication theory courses. His research interests include rhetorical theory and criticism, specifically, the rhetoric of memorials, Appalachia, sport, and poverty. He is co-author of a chapter in the book Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy published in 2012.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, McCullough is also the Director of Forensics and oversees the WLU Speech and Debate Team. As a high school and college student he competed at Wheeling Park High School and Marshall University, eventually coaching Forensics teams at Wayne State University and Marshall University prior to coming to WLU in 2009. He has been involved in the forensics community for half of his life and served as the Vice President of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensics Association. He is also faculty adviser for the communications honor society Lambda Pi Eta.

Contact Information:
Office: College Hall, C5
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (304) 336-8532

Mailing Information:
Ryan McCullough
West Liberty University
208 University Drive
College Union Box 125
West Liberty, WV 26074

Marshall University, MA in Communication Studies, 2005
Marshall University, BA in Communication Studies and Political Science, 2004

Courses Taught/Scheduled to Teach:
Argumentation and Debate
Communication Research
Communication Theory
Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Media Ethics
Organizational Communication

Professional Memberships:
West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensics Association, Vice President
National Communication Association, Member
Appalachian Studies Association, Member

“Is That What Your Really Want.” Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy, Seth Vannatta, Editor, Open Court, Forthcoming 2012. (Dan Mistich: Co-Author)
“Expressions of Regret in Appalachia: A Geographic and Rhetorical Study of Memorials Devoted to the Sago Mining Disaster,” 35th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference, Indiana, PA, March 2012. (Aron Massey: Co-Author)
“Poststructural Prudence: Rethinking Derrida Through Phronesis,” National Communication Association’s 97th Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, November 2011. (Dan Mistich: Co-Author)
“Grounding Topicality in NFA-LD Debate,” National Communication Association’s 92nd Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX, November 2006.

University Service/Committees:
Faculty Senate Representative
Faculty Senate Finance Committee
University Assessment Academy
General Studies Assessment Committee
Human Subject Committee
Center for Arts and Education, Advisory Committee

2006-Top Panel, National Forensic Association Division, National Communication Association Annual Conference, San Antonio Texas, November 2006
2004-Bill Denman Award for Outstanding Work in Rhetoric, Inaugural Recipient