Dr. Raymond Blanton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Arts in the School of Media and Design where he teaches undergraduate courses in Public Speaking, Business and Professional Communication, Media Ethics, and Senior Portfolio, along with graduate courses such as Introduction to Graduate Studies, Nationalism: Soldiers, Spies, and Popular Culture, Urban Communication, Research and Writing Techniques, and Strategic Communication: Mind Moves Matter.
Born and raised in north central Texas, he is a first-generation graduate and attended Texas Christian University (TCU) on a music scholarship. After graduation, he married a fellow Horned Frog (nearing 20 years of marriage with three children ages 14, 11, and 9) and moved to Philadelphia where he earned a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Counseling and Apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary.
After working in Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, Drexel University in University City, Philadelphia, and the University of Texas at Austin, he returned to school and earned a doctorate in Communication in the area of Rhetoric and Public Culture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
He has been recognized with numerous teaching awards at various institutions and his research includes a Top Paper award and more than 15 book chapters on subjects ranging from Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American civil rights movement, working class experience, millennial culture, loyalty and leadership, public memory, nostalgia, indigenous culture in film, faith integration, American folk music, and the satirical rhetoric of Stephen Colbert, among others.