Dr. Richard Mercadante


Dr. Richard  Mercadante

Office Information

Campus
Location
Title
Email
Phone
Fax
Clearwater  |  Directions & Campus Map
LA 170
Professor
Mercadante.Richard@spcollege.edu
(727)791-2527
(727) 444-6321


Office Schedule


Spring 2013, Monday - Thursday

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday
12:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Clearwater, LA 170
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Clearwater, LA 170
12:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Clearwater, LA 170
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Clearwater, LA 170


Biography


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)

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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

September 2012


October 2012
"The State of the Basic Communication Course in Florida Colleges and Universities"
     (with Dr. Shirley Oakley, SPC)
     Florida Communication Association
     Orlando, FL

May 2012

"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.

May 2012
"Academic Ambitions:  10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won't Tell You."  Keynote Address at the 2012 
     SPC Honors College Graduation Ceremony.  Largo, Florida.

April 2012
"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.

April 2012
"Taking the Lead in Powerpoint Communication:  Overcoming the Abuses of Visual Communication" 
     Florida College System Student Government Association (FCSSGA) Conference
     St. Petersburg, Florida

March 2012
Five Common Communication Mistakes that Educators Make (and How to Correct Them)
     Narrowing the Gulf Conference (SPC)
     Largo, FL

January 2012
" Interdisciplinary Teaching"
     SPC Critical Thinking Institute Retreat (presented with Nadia Yevstigneyeva, SPC Honors College Director and 
     Julia Rawa, SPC English Professor)

October 2011
"Apologia and Nazism:  Rhetoric, Ethos and the Heidegger Case"
     Outstanding Professional Paper Award
     Florida Communication Association Convention
     Orlando, FL

September 2011
"The Persistence of Casuistry:  The Revival of Case-Based Reasoning"
     SPC 2011 Fall Critical Thinking Institute for Thinking and Learning
     Clearwater, Florida

April 2010
"Speech as Part of the Interdisciplinary Studies Honors Program"  Southern States Communication Association Convention
     Memphis, Tennessee                                                                       
"Mentoring Adjuncts: A Multi-Perspective View" (Chair) 
Southern States Communication Association Convention
     Memphis, Tennessee                                                                           
"Positive Communication Through Service Learning" (Chair)  Southern States Communication Association Convention
     Memphis, Tennessee                                                                           
"Epideictic Speaking in the Communication Classroom" 
Southern States Communication Association Convention
     Memphis, Tennessee

March 2009
"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

April 2009 
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)


October 2008       
"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

November 2007
"A Casuistic Theory for Debating Values"
     2007
National Communication Association Convention - Chicago, Illinois

October 2007    
"The Rhetorical Making and Molding of Globalization"
      2007
Florida Communication Association Convention - Daytona Beach Shores

May 2007
 "Faculty/Student Conflict Resolution: A Communication Perspective"
 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence
 
National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) - Austin, Texas

October 2006
"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"
     2008

" unConventional Communication Within State Organizations: Strategies and Approaches to 
 Building Strong Associations and Fostering Professional Development." (seminar leader)
     2008




Subjects Taught


Speech Communication, Interdisciplinary Studies & Honors, Ethics, Philosophy


Course Schedule


= Richard Mercadante has added information specific to this course. (syllabus, video, class meeting times, etc.)

0485   Summer Term 2014
CourseSectionCampusFormatStartsEnds
SPC 1017  INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION 279 CL Blended May 19 2014Jul 11 2014
SPC 1017  INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION 281 CL Blended May 19 2014Jul 11 2014
0480   Spring Term 2014
CourseSectionCampusFormatStartsEnds
IDH 2029H  HONORS COLLEGE CORNERSTONE SEMINAR 2029 CL In Class Feb 10 2014May 9 2014
IDS 1102H  HONORS INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES: BAROQUE TO MODERN 1747 CL In Class Jan 13 2014May 9 2014
PHI 1010H  HONORS INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY 1933 CL In Class Jan 13 2014May 9 2014
SPC 1608H  HONORS PUBLIC SPEAKING 1768 CL Blended Jan 13 2014May 9 2014
0475   Fall Term 2013
CourseSectionCampusFormatStartsEnds
IDH 2029H  HONORS COLLEGE CORNERSTONE SEMINAR 1309 CL In Class Sep 16 2013Dec 13 2013
IDS 1101H  HONORS INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES: ANCIENT TO RENAISSANCE 1885 CL In Class Aug 19 2013Dec 13 2013
PHI 1010H  HONORS INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY 2271 CL In Class Aug 19 2013Dec 13 2013
SPC 1608H  HONORS PUBLIC SPEAKING 1790 CL Blended Aug 19 2013Dec 13 2013