Rhetoric and Communication Professor's Success Honored Nationally

July 5, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communication Studies Tim Barney has been awarded the Rhetoric Society of America’s Fellows’ Early Career Award. 

The award honors a current member of the Rhetoric Society of America who has established an innovative and strong research record within eight years of having earned their Ph.D. degree and for their potential to contribute significantly to the field of rhetorical studies.  

Barney researches the rhetorical role maps played during the Cold War. He is currently working with American Studies professor Nicole Sackley and UR’s Digital Scholarship Lab to develop a tool that will trace every international grant given by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations during the Cold War. 

“It's very nice to be recognized by scholars in my field that I really look up to, and this award gives me encouragement to keep moving forward with my research,” said Barney. “I'm also quite grateful to the University of Richmond and my colleagues here for providing a welcoming scholarly culture in which to do this work.”

The Rhetoric Society of America honored Barney at a June luncheon at the Rhetoric Society of America Institute in College Park, Maryland. He will also be honored at the organization’s annual conference in Portland, Oregon in May of 2020. 

Barney has taught at the University of Richmond since receiving his Ph.D. from University of Maryland College Park in 2011. He received the Ecroyd Teaching Excellence Award from the Eastern Communication Association in May, and he was recognized with a UR Distinguished Educator Award in 2017.