Rich Mercadante joined St. Petersburg College in 2006. He has been teaching for 25 years. He currently teaches courses in speech communication, philosophy, and interdisciplinary studies (honors).
He has served as President of the Florida Communication Association and served as Chair of the Clearwater Faculty Council (2008-2011). Currently, he is the Faculty Governance Organization (FGO) Senate President-elect (2012-2013 term). He is also the faculty moderator for Students for Educational Reform. He holds the following degrees:
Ph.D. Philosophy, University of South Florida.
Dissertation: The Persistence of Casuistry: A Neo-Premodernist Approach to Moral Reasoning
M.A. Speech Communication, University of South Florida.
Thesis: Rhetoric, Epistemics, and Public Moral Discourse: Propspects for Rapprochment
M.A. Philosophy, Boston College
B.S. Philosophy, Suffolk University (Boston)
His communication career began in his native state of Massachusetts, as a radio news anchor and disc jockey at several radio stations, including WBMT, WNBP, and WHAV. As a college student, he earned over 100 awards in speech and debate (forensics) competitions and was the New England Individual Events speaking champion for two years in a row. He also earned national speaking awards at several National Forensic Association championship tournaments. As a forensics coach, he trained numerous nationally-qualifying forensics students.
Dr. Mercadante has over 25 years of teaching experience, which includes Jesuit High School, Hillsborough Community College, University of South Florida, Father Lopez High School, Bethune-Cookman College, Northeastern University, and Our Lady of Grace Seminary. He has taught a variety of courses including introduction to speech communication, public speaking, critical thinking, logic, ethics, philosophy, contemporary social problems, biblical literature, world religions, humanities, interdisciplinary studies and homiletics. He also created a professional development course, Communication Skills for Teachers, along with several summer seminars on value debate. In 2004, he received the Florida Communication Association (FCA) Teacher of the Year Award and in 2007 he was received the FCA Outstanding Service Award.
He has been awarded competitive research and education grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (Philosophy and Medicine in Ancient Greece), the Council for Basic Education (Aristotle on Friendship), and the National Science Foundation (Vico's Rhetorical View of Mathematics).
In both 1999 and 2006, he was elected President of the Florida Communication Association - a 75-year old state organization that focuses on best practices for professional teaching and research in speech communication.
His hobbies include attending local auctions and selling books and antiques on eBay.
Upcoming and Recent Academic Conference Presentations
"The State of the Basic Communication Course in Florida Colleges and Universities"
(with Dr. Shirley Oakley, SPC)
Florida Communication Association
"Transmitting Best Practices in Teaching and Learning: Toward a Phenomenological Approach"
International Journal of Arts and Sciences' International Conference for Academic Disciplines
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
"Academic Ambitions: 10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won't Tell You." Keynote Address at the 2012
SPC Honors College Graduation Ceremony. Largo, Florida.
"How Colleges and Universities are Teaching Students the Learning Management Systems"
"Four Year Programs at the Community College: Challenges and Changes"
Southern States Communication Association Convention
San Antonio, Texas
"Taking the Lead in PowerPoint Communication: Overcoming the Abuses of Visual Communication"
Florida College System Student Government Association (FCSSGA)
St. Petersburg, FL.
"Taking the Lead in Powerpoint Communication: Overcoming the Abuses of Visual Communication"
Florida College System Student Government Association (FCSSGA) Conference
St. Petersburg, Florida
Five Common Communication Mistakes that Educators Make (and How to Correct Them)
Narrowing the Gulf Conference (SPC)
" Interdisciplinary Teaching"
SPC Critical Thinking Institute Retreat (presented with Nadia Yevstigneyeva, SPC Honors College Director and
Julia Rawa, SPC English Professor)
"Apologia and Nazism: Rhetoric, Ethos and the Heidegger Case"
Outstanding Professional Paper Award
Florida Communication Association Convention
"The Persistence of Casuistry: The Revival of Case-Based Reasoning"
SPC 2011 Fall Critical Thinking Institute for Thinking and Learning
"Speech as Part of the Interdisciplinary Studies Honors Program" Southern States Communication Association Convention
"Mentoring Adjuncts: A Multi-Perspective View" (Chair) Southern States Communication Association Convention
"Positive Communication Through Service Learning" (Chair) Southern States Communication Association Convention
"Epideictic Speaking in the Communication Classroom" Southern States Communication Association Convention
"The Abuse of PowerPoint: Rethinking Visual Communication in the College Classroom."
2009 (10th Annual Conference) - St. Petersburg Narrowing the Gulf for Underrepresented Students in Postsecondary Education
2009 Southern States Communication Association Convention - Norfolk, Virginia
"Toward a Phenomenology of Communicating Educational Best Practices:
Tradition, Transmission, and Jesuit Education."
"Teaching Speech Communication Using an Excel Notecard Maker" for panel on
G.I.F.T.S. - Great Ideas for Teaching Speech
"Collaborating with One Another: Is There a Need for a Paradigm Shift in the
Community College?" (Chair)
"The Persistence of PowerPoint: Recent Trends and Research."
2008 Florida Communication Association Convention – Gainesville
November 2008 National Communication Association Convention - San Diego, California
April 2008 Southern States Communication Association Convention - Savannah, Georgia
"A Casuistic Theory for Debating Values"
2007 National Communication Association Convention - Chicago, Illinois
"The Rhetorical Making and Molding of Globalization"
2007 Florida Communication Association Convention - Daytona Beach Shores
"Faculty/Student Conflict Resolution: A Communication Perspective"
International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence
National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) - Austin, Texas
"Communication and Social Capital: Crafting the eBay Virtual Community"
2006 Florida Communication Association Convention - St. Pete Beach
"Vico's Constructivist Epistemology and Recent Trends in Philosophy and Rhetoric"
" unConventional Communication Within State Organizations: Strategies and Approaches to
Building Strong Associations and Fostering Professional Development." (seminar leader)
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Clearwater, LA 170
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Clearwater, LA 170
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IDH 2029H #1099
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|IDH 2029H Honors College Cornerstone Sem||1099||Blended||9/12/16||12/09/16|
|SPC 1608H Honors Public Speaking||1492||CL||Blended||8/15/16||12/09/16|
|PHI 1010H Honors Intro to Philosophy||1859||CL||Blended||8/15/16||12/09/16|
|IDH 2029H Honors College Cornerstone Sem||3371||CL||Blended||9/12/16||12/09/16|
|Summer Term 2016 0515|
|SPC 1017 Intro Speech Communication||0072||CL||Blended||5/16/16||7/08/16|
|SPC 1017 Intro Speech Communication||0074||CL||Blended||5/16/16||7/08/16|