Dr. Richard E. Vatz (revised June, 2015)

Professor of Rhetoric and Communication @ Towson University

Academic Background
Teaching Experience

Honors and Awards (selected)






Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Review Essays and Reviews

  • Richard E. Vatz, “A Role for the Death Penalty,” The Baltimore Sun, October 10, 2011
  •  Richard E. Vatz, Everyone flip-flops – and so what?” The Baltimore Sun, May 4, 2012
  •  Richard E. Vatz, “Romney needs to quit whining,” Washington Examiner, July 23, 2012
  •  Richard E. Vatz, “Don’t cue the wedding bells just yet (on polls and gay marriage – correct piece, as it passed by much smaller margin), August 10, 2012
  •  Richard E. Vatz, Szasz turned psychiatry on its head,” The Baltimore Sun, October 10, 2012
  •  Richard E. Vatz, "Who will be our next profiles in courage?," The Baltimore Sun, (January 15, 2013)
  •  Richard E. Vatz, “Liberal Media Bias is Beyond Doubt,”  The Baltimore Sun, March 18, 2013
  • Jeffrey A. Schaler and Richard E. Vatz, SCHALER AND VATZ: A Rorschach test of modern mental health care; new diagnostic manual reclassifies misbehavior as disease,” The Washington Times, June 3, 2013

  • Richard E. Vatz, “Gansler hands his opponents a sword,” The Baltimore Sun, October 29, 2013

  • Richard E. Vatz, “False Parity between mental and physical health care,” The Washington Times, November 18, 2013
  • Richard E. Vatz, “Affluenza: just the latest way to shirk legal responsibility,” The Baltimore Sun, December 19, 2013
  • Richard E. Vatz, “Stigma Can be a Good Thing,” The Baltimore Sun, April 9, 2014
  • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, "A Better Debate," The Baltimore Sun, June 15, 2014
  • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, The positives of negative ads , The Baltimore Sun, July 24, 2014
  •  Richard E. Vatz, “Maravene Loeschke transformed Towson,” The Baltimore Sun, December 22, 2014
  • Scott Shellenberger and Richard E. Vatz, “Reinstate the death penalty, Maryland, The Baltimore Sun, January 7, 2015
  • Jan Sinnott and Richard E. Vatz, “Maryland doesn't trust state employees to manage their health,” The Baltimore Sun, March 13, 2015
  • Richard E. Vatz, “Paul’s Personality Problem," The Baltimore Sun, June 11, 2015

Red Maryland (selected):


Conference Papers and Presentations

Selected Reviewing - Articles & Books
University Committees
Selected Vatz Campus and Off-Campus Lectures and Recent Service
Selected Debates and Speakerships – in conjunction with Student Government Association


I have served as a consultant in the areas of executive communication and issues of communication and psychiatry. My clients have included some of the major law firms in Baltimore and Washington, banking institutions, charitable institutions and individuals. I have spoken to a variety of groups, including the Capitol Hill Club in Washington and a number of banking and other business groups.

Selected Campus and Off-Campus Lectures
Professional Association Memberships

Selected Media Work - by topic

Regular Political Commentary

Media Work for Elections - 2000 - listed by medium



Sundry Media Work for Elections - 2004- June through September 2004

6/20/04 piece on the Rather-Clinton 60 Minutes interview for WJZ's evening news.

6/21/04 interview on WBAL Radio on Rather-Clinton 60 Minutes interview

6/21/04 interview on ABC Radio nationally on Rather-Clinton 60 Minutes interview

6/24/04 interview on Marc Steiner on Media and Politics

6/25/4 Marc Steiner's show which was guest-hosted by Mindy Mintz on Michael Moore and VP’s use of “F” word.

7/6/04 “Newsmakers” on July 6 on VP choice of Edwards

7/9/10 segment on ch. 45. on Kerry Edwards Team

7/10/04 hour on WBAL with Rob Douglas on Political Rhetoric

7/12/04 segment on ch. 45 on Kerry-Edwards

7/27-30/04 Dave Durian on rhetoric of Democratic National Convention

7/30/04 MPT on Friday night on political rhetoric

7/30/04 ABC Radio News nationwide Friday morning.

8/13/04 Marc Steiner on rhetoric of the presidential race

8/14/04 WBAL Bruce Elliott on rhetoric of the presidential race

8/21/04 hour on WBAL's Rob Douglas with Alan Walden substituting to discuss the presidential race.

8/23/04segment on channel 45 news on celebrities' campaigning for -presidential candidates.

8/24/04 I did WBFF's "Newsmakers to discuss the rhetoric and politics of the Swift Boat ads.

8/30-9/3/04 WBAL weeklong election rhetoric commentary

8/31/04 ch. 45 interview on convention rhetoric

9/1/04 interviewed for channel 13 tonight

9/2/04 WTOP-Radio on Republicans’ convention rhetoric.

9/3/04 ABC Radio nationwide on rhetoric of election

9/8/04 ch. 45 News at 10 on negative campaigning

9/16/04 "Newsmakers" ch. 54 on election rhetoric

9/17/04 MPT News Maryland on the CBS controversy and state the Linda Lamone controversy

9/17/04 ch. 45 segment tonight on CBS's belated apology

1/18/05, CNN Radio, Conversation with Richard Benson regarding George Bush’s 2nd Inaugural


Regular biweekly guest on WBAL’s “The Ron Smith Show” every other Wednesday afternoon beginning August, 2005-present

Periodic appearances on Fox national television, local television WBFF TV, WBAL-TV, WJZ-TV, CBS Radio, ABC Radio, WBAL spot interviews + and appearances on Bruce Elliott Show

Recently Quoted in (Selected)

“Without a Doubt, Ehrlich has a Way With 1 Word,” The Washington Post, July 30, 2005

“Ehrlich's Position? 1090 on the Dial,” Washington Post August 19, 2005

“Ehrlich waits as Democrats duke it Out,” The Baltimore Sun October 10, 2005

“Former Aide’s ‘Dirty Tricks’ Could Blemish Ehrlich Image,” The Washington Post, , November 15, 2005