Rick Bernard

Contact Information

Rick Bernard

  • Adjunct


Rick Bernard teaches classes in both mass communication, and in interpersonal/small group interaction. His areas of interest are interpersonal communication, public speaking, small group communication, and mass communication.

Students benefit from his extensive experience in media and administration. Rick has spent six years in higher education administration (marketing, media relations, public relations, radio/TV production), 16 years as communications director, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce (media relations, public relations, radio/TV programs and commercial production), 15 years in radio/TV (radio station operations manager, radio/TV journalism, radio/TV public affairs program producer/anchor, radio production, announcing), 18 years (to the present) Stage manager, script writer, announcer for annual National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony and President's Dinner events in Dayton, OH, 18 years as the "voice" of Hospice of Dayton, donating voice work for video presentations, commercials and public service announcements (he still donates voice work for non-profits).

Rick's excellence in media has been recognized with a number of awards: "Best Radio Reporting" statewide award (Ohio State Medical Society, 1976) and a Regional Emmy (Dayton/Columbus/Cincinnati chapter, 1983) for a series, "GM: Jobs South of the Border" that aired on WDTN-TV (Dayton). In addition, he was an Assistant News Director at WHIO Radio (Dayton, OH) that was recognized as "Best News Department" (Associated Press and United Press International, 1977-1983).

Faculty Perspective

"I am challenged by my students which in turn reinvigorates me for my full time communication related position. My students help to keep me fresh just as I try to discover new ways to help them learn. I always feel that I have entered a special community every time I enter the campus, walk among the historic buildings and work with many faculty and staff who have been here less or more than my three decades of regular adjunct teaching. And, I appreciate that UD is constantly striving to provide the technological framework that enhances both teaching and learning."


  • M.A., Kent State University (1970)
  • B.A., Kent State University (1969)

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Public speaking
  • Small group communication
  • Mass communication