Dr. Richard D. Pineda is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and currently serves as director of the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies. Dr. Pineda's research and teaching interests focus on politics, leadership, media, popular culture and Latinidad. Dr. Pineda holds a BA in Political Science from Baylor University, an MA in Communication from The University of El Paso at Texas, and a PhD from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His research has appeared in a number of communication journals including Text and Performance Quarterly, Argumentation and Advocacy, and The Free Speech Yearbook. Dr. Pineda serves on the editorial boards for the journals Argumentation and Advocacy and Contemporary Argumentation and Debate, the two preeminent argumentation journals in the country. Dr. Pineda has served the El Paso community as a member of the City of El Paso Ethics Review Board and the Capital Improvement Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Director’s Circle for the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP. Dr. Pineda grew up in El Paso, Texas and is a proud graduate of Eastwood High School.
Dept. of Communication