Russ Rampton


  • 2003 Coursework, Utah State University, Instructional Technology (Graduate Program)
  • 1999  Master of Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Speech Communication
  • 1997  Bachelor of Science, Weber State University, Communication - Teaching

Courses Taught

Weber State University

  • 2006-present Principles of Public Speaking (COMM 1020)
  • 2006-present Interpersonal and Small Group Communication (COMM 2110)
  • 2000-2003 Interpersonal and Small Group Communication (COMM 1050) (as an adjunct instructor, prior to change in course number)

University of Illinois

  • 1998-1999 Persuasion (Advanced Public Speaking) (SPCOM 221)
  • 1997-1998 Principles of Effective Public Speaking (SPCOM 101)

Other Higher Education Employment

Utah State University

  • 2005-2006 Interactive Broadcast Coordinator, Distance Education (Managed satellite and interactive video conference delivery of courses)

Weber State University

  • 2000-2004 Coordinator for Student Organizations, Student Activities (Advised Greek Life, Clubs and Organizations Board, Academy of Leadership)

Teaching Innovations

  • Utilized on-line course management systems to enhance face-to-face courses. Through electronic submission of assignments, discussion boards and access to electronic resources, students augmented their in-class experiences.
  • Currently working with a committee to develop a hybrid delivery of COMM 2110 allowing the face-to-face portion to be held in only 8 weeks.

University Service

  • 2008 Volunteer Moderator, College Bowl Campus Tournament
  • 2007 Steering Committee Member, Crystal Crest Awards

Teaching Philosophy

At my son’s preschool, the walls are decorated with posters designed to teach appropriate behavior. “I can take turns” one says, “I can clean up my toys” proclaims another, but my personal favorite: “I can use my words when I am angry.” Carrying on a fine tradition that begins in pre-school, I am continuing to teach people to “use their words.” We live in a world where we encounter problems and conflicts in our society, groups, and relationships. Through instruction and education in the areas of public speaking, civic advocacy, small group communication, and interpersonal communication, we can learn to “use our words” to deal with issues that will inevitably arise. By developing as competent communicators with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attributes we can “use our words” to advocate for ourselves and others, become effective members of the groups and organizations of which we are a part, and enjoy meaningful and lasting personal relationships.

I believe that the best learning happens when students are able to make connections between course concepts and their everyday experiences. Learning is an active process; my primary role as an instructor is to design experiences were students can put theory into practice.


Public Speaking
Interpersonal & Small Group Communication

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