University of Richmond associate professor of rhetoric and communication Tim Barney has received the Ecroyd Teaching Excellence Award from the Eastern Communication Association.

The Donald H. Ecroyd and Carolyn Drummond Ecroyd Teaching Excellence Award is given annually by the ECA to recognize faculty with a heightened commitment to teaching excellence in the field of rhetoric and communication.

Barney, who has taught at UR since 2011, researches the rhetorical role cartography played during the Cold War. In addition to his work at UR, Barney leads study abroad programs in the Czech Republic, and has lectured on the “rhetorical lives of cold war maps” at the U.S.S. Midway’s Teachers Institute on the Cold War in San Diego. In 2017 he received the Distinguished Educator Award, UR’s own excellence in teaching award.

“It's a nice honor to be considered alongside teachers in the field who I really look up to,” said Barney. “I love being in the classroom, and so this just makes we want to get back there and keep trying new things.”

“I can confidently say, without fear of hyperbole or contradiction, that Dr. Barney is an important influence on rhetorical education, an outstanding classroom instructor, and an excellent mentor to scores of students at the University of Richmond,” said Trevor Parry-Giles, Barney’s long-time mentor who nominated him for this award.  

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The Eastern Communication Association (ECA) is a distinguished service-oriented organization with a history of achievement in research, criticism, communication theory, and excellence in teaching. Initially established in 1910, ECA is the oldest professional communication association in the United States.

Associate Professor
Interim Chair, Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies
Visual rhetoric
Internationalism
Discourses of space and place
Cold War public address
Eastern European political culture