Curiculum Vitae

Dr. Richard E. Vatz (revised June, 2021)
Professor of Rhetoric and Communication @ Towson University
Academic Background
  • Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, Rhetoric and Communication, 1976 M.A.
  • University of Pittsburgh, Rhetoric and Communication, 1970 B.A.
  • University of Pittsburgh, Sociology, 1969 (MAGNA CUM LAUDE)
Teaching Experience
  • Full Professor, Towson State University 1989-Present
  • Associate Professor, Towson State University 1982-1989
  • Assistant Professor, Towson State University 1974-1982
  • Instructor, North Carolina State University 1973-1974
  • Instructor, Penn State (McKeesport Campus) 1969-1973
Highlights

Honors and Awards (selected)

  • “Psychiatric Rhetoric and the Myth of the Insanity Plea,” University Lecture, Hillsdale College, November 18, 2013
  • Towson Student Government Association first Faculty Member of the Year, 2009-2010
  • President’s Award for Distinguished Service, 2004, Towson University’s highest honor
  • “Governor’s Citation” for Achievements in Higher Education and Service to Towson University, 2004
  • Winner, Teaching Fellow Award, Eastern Communication Association, 2004; Permanently on Teaching Fellow Committee
  • Keynote Speaker and award-winner at first “Towson’s Elite” Night, 2004
  • Faculty Volunteer Service Award, 2003
  • “Teacher of the Year,” 2002, Towson University, awarded by the Student Government Association
  • The Thomas Szasz Civil Liberties Award January, 1994
  • Appointed by the NCA Executive Committee to be a member of the NCA Rapid Response Team
  • Sponsored national winner in Wadsworth Publishing Co. oratory contest, 1987
  • University Merit Award 1984, 1988, 1990 (awarded to 30 faculty each year 1983-1990)
  • Won 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 – Outstanding Teaching Grants (awarded to ten of approximately 500 full-time faculty each year 1976-1980); most of such awards on faculty
  • Appointed to Faculty of Honors College, Towson State University, 1982

Teaching

  • “Teacher of the Year,” Towson University, awarded by the Student Government Association, 2002
  • 4 Outstanding Teaching Grants from Student Government Association (most awarded to one professor – awarded to ten of approximately 500 full-time faculty each year 1976-1980)
  • Won Teaching Fellow for Eastern Communication Association, 2003-2004

Service

  • Longest Serving Member, University Senate, 1979-2020
  • Political Commentary 2004-present _2017-2018: Local: WBFF, WJZ, WBAL-Radio through 2019, WTOP-Radio
    • 2017-2018 Eastern Communication Association:  ECA organizational voice task force
    • Richard E. Vatz NCA proposal for Richard E. Vatz Agenda-Spin award
  • National: CBS Radio, Fox News
  • Regular biweekly guest on WBAL’s “The Ron Smith Show,” beginning August 3, 2005 through his passing in December 2011
  • Elected to Legislative Council for several 3-year terms, National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Windham Fellow Lecture Series in Liberal Arts, “Rhetoric and Impeachment,” Middle Tennessee State University, March 4, 1999
  • Governor Bob Ehrlich’s addresses to my “Persuasion” class at Towson twice a year 1993-present
  • Baltimore Magazine panel member, choosing “Baltimore’s Best Ever,” 2003
  • Moderated debates for U.S. House of Representatives election: 2004; Dutch Ruppersberger and Helen Bentley for their House race, September 24, 2002 and moderated a debate between state senate candidates Jim Brochin and Martha Klima, 2002; 2006 moderated debate between Dutch Ruppersberger and Jimmy Mathis
  • Featured speaker honoring Dr. Thomas Szasz on his 80th birthday; symposium was titled “Liberty and/or Psychiatry: 40 Years After ‘The Myth of Mental Illness,'” April 15, 2000
  • Highlight Article: Vatz’s Election Commentary, Towson Times, October 23, 2002
  • Subject of article in The Washington Post, May 6, 2004 on Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich’s lectureships to my Persuasion class, 1993-2004

Publication

  • Richard E. Vatz, The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion available August, 2017 (McGraw-Hill, 2017) LAD Publishing 2021
  • Panel presented on my work at NCA convention, “Richard E. Vatz on Rhetoric and Psychiatry,” 1999
  • Named as a major rhetorical theorist in an essay on “The Rhetorical Situation” in Twentieth-Century Roots of Rhetorical Studies and in essay on “Rhetorical Theory as Message Reception” in Spring, 2003 Communication Studies
  • Appointed Lifetime Member of Board of Trustees, USA Today Magazine circa 2000

About

    • Short bio feature, “No Rhetoric Here,” The Baltimore Jewish Times,” January 9, 2004 p. 8
Vatz-Sponsored Awards
  • The “Richard E. Vatz Agenda-Spin Persuasion Award” as of fall, 2018 supports writing and/or media work and pedagogy focused on the rhetor-as-creative-agent, and work focusing on rhetor-as-creative-agent and the rhetor’s responsibility in a persuasion model. This significant award of $2,000, disbursed annually, is to be based on the rhetorical perspective argued in Dr. Vatz’s “The Myth of the Rhetorical Situation” and The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion: The Agenda-Spin Model (LAD Custom Publishing, 2019).
  • “The Richard E. Vatz Best Debater Award Endowment.” $2000/year. Towson University Award since approximately 2014
Vatz Class Speakers in 2018-2019
  • Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
  • Former Governor of Maryland Robert L. Ehrlich
  • Governor or Maryland Larry Hogan
Books
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg (eds.), Thomas Szasz: Primary Values and Major Contentions (Buffalo: Prometheus Press, 1983)
      • Vatz, Richard E.  The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion: the Agenda-Spin Model, 3rd Edition  (LAD Custom Publishing, 2019, 2021)
      • Richard E. Vatz , The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion, 2nd Edition; Revision McGraw-Hill (2017)
        Lectures on this book: University of Richmond, November, 2013 Hillsdale College in Michigan, November 17 “Communication, Choices, Consequences, and Rhetoric: On a Persuasion Revolt, ”Southern States Communication Association Convention, Keynote Address, April 3-6, 2013
      • Jeffrey Schaler, Henry Zvi Lothane  and Richard E. Vatz, Thomas S. Szasz: the Man and His Ideas (Transaction Publishers” 2017).
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Myth of the Rhetorical Situation,” PHILOSOPHY AND RHETORIC (Summer, 1973)
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Rhetoric and Meaning in Grading” FLORIDA STATE COMMUNICATION JOURNAL (Summer, 1974)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Theodore O. Windt, “The Defeats of Judges Haynsworth and Carswell: Rejection of Supreme Court Nominees,” QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SPEECH (December, 1974)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Ron Rabin, “Dan Rather at George Washington University Law Commencement: Stroking and Nothingness,” EXETASIS (June, 1975)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Ron Rabin, “The Critic as Rhetor,” EXETASIS (1975)
      • Lee S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz “Szasz and the Law: An Alternative View,” JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND LAW, (Winter, 1976)
      • Richard E. Vatz et al.,” The Vice-Presidential Debate and the Theories of Paul Rosenthal,” EXETASIS, (November 2, 1976)
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Public Opinion and Presidential Ethos,” WESTERN SPEECH COMMUNICATION (Summer, 1976)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “A Szaszian View of Death,” JOURNAL OF HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY (Spring, 1977): Reprinted in THETA: A JOURNAL OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH
      • Lee S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz, “Law, Language and Forensic Psychiatry,” DUQUESNE LAW REVIEW (Summer, 1978)
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Rhetoric and the Law,” in Lee S. Weinberg and Judith W. Weinberg, SOCIETY AND THE LAW: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY INTRODUCTION, (University Press of America, 1980)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Taking Law on Faith,” AMERICAN LEGAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION FORUM (Spring, 1980)
      • Lee S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz, “The Mental Illness Debate: The Critical Faith Assumptions,” THE JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND LAW (Fall, 1981)
      • Lee S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz, “The Insanity Defense: Szaszian Ethics and Epistemology,” METAMEDICINE (October, 1982)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “From the Therapeutic State to the Lucifer State,” essay on rhetoric in Trevor Melia and Nova Ryder, LUCIFER STATE (Kendall-Hunt: 1983)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Insanity Plea Proposals: Confusing, Contradictory, and Self-serving,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE (September, 1983)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Psychiatric Will,” JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND LAW (Fall, 1983)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “A Pulitzer Prize for Cheerleading,” ST. LOUIS JOURNALISM REVIEW (October, 1985)
      • Richard E. Vatz, Lee S. Weinberg, and Thomas Szasz, “Psychiatry and Media: An Unhealthy Marriage,” (adapted from WASHINGTON POST article on television and psychiatry) USA TODAY MAGAZINE (May: 1986)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg “Politics and Psychiatry,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE (July, 1987)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Theodore Otto Windt, “The Haynsworth and Carswell Nominations: Rejection of Supreme Court Nominees,” (reprinted from QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SPEECH) in Theodore Otto Wind, ESSAYS IN PRESIDENTIAL RHETORIC, Kendall-Hunt, 1987
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Is Compulsive Gambling Really a Disease?,” POSTGRADUATE MEDICINE (October, 1987)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Critic as Rhetor: Psychiatry and Fantasy Theme Analysis,” Critique, JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION (Autumn: 1987)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Hyperactive Myth and Drugs in the Classroom,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE (September, 1988)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Media and Polling: Measuring and Creating the Salience of George Bush as ‘Wimp’,” MASS COMM REVIEW 1987 ( May, 1989)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Alcoholism and the ‘Disease’ Metaphor,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE ( September, 1989)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Arrogance of Predicting Dangerousness,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE ( November, 1989)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Case of Marion Barry: Political Persuasion and Self-Doubt,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE ( September 1990)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Conceptual Bind in Defining the Volitional Component of Alcoholism: Consequences for Public Policy and Scientific Research,” JOURNAL OF MIND AND BEHAVIOR (Summer/Winter 1990)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Rhetoric, Biology and Power Seekers, “POLITICS AND THE LIFE SCIENCES (August, 1991)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Psychiatric Excuses for Criminal Behavior: The Public is Losing Patience,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE ( March, 1992)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Ethics of Negative Political Advertising,” in Peter Madsen and Jay Safritz, ESSENTIALS OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS (Penguin Books: 1992)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Is Mental Illness a Myth?” [Analysis of status and future of psychiatric orthodoxy], USA TODAY MAGAZINE ( July, 1993)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Refuting the Myths of Compulsive Gambling,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE (November, 1993)
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Con” side in published debate on “Should Health Care Reform Include Parity for Behavioral Health Benefits?” OPEN MINDS (February: 1994)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “A Windfall for the ‘Worried Well,'” GOVERNING (May: 1994)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “TV on the Couch” (television’s coverage of psychiatry), FORBES MEDIA CRITIC (Summer: 1994)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Rhetorical Paradigm in Psychiatric History: Thomas Szasz and the Myth of Mental Illness,” in Roy Porter and Mark Micale, DISCOVERING THE HISTORY OF PSYCHIATRY Oxford University Press (1994)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Psychobabble Revisited,” FORBES MEDIA CRITIC (WINTER:1995)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Hyperactivity?” MOTHERING (Spring: 1995)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Overreacting to Attention Deficit Disorder,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE (Winter: 1995)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Rhetoric and Psychiatry,” in Theresa Enos, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION (1996)
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Should We Destigmatize Mental Illness?,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE (May, 1996)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Better Late Than Never,” (analysis of media coverage of Attention-deficit Disorder,” FORBES MEDIACRITIC (Summer, 1996)
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Myth of the Rhetorical Situation,” anthologized in William A. Covino and David A. Joliffe, RHETORIC: Concepts, Definitions, Boundaries, Allyn and Bacon, 1995
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Is Mental Illness a Myth?,” anthologized in Joseph J. Palladino, ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 96-97, Brown and Benchmark, 1996
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “PARITY: The New Buzzword in Mental Health,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE (May, 1997)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “How Accurate Are Media Depictions of ADD?,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE (July: 1997)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Critiques of Szaszian Criticism of Psychiatry: Nonengagement and Irrelevant Theses,” REVIEW OF EXISTENTIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY, 1997-1998.
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Insanity Defense: The Unconscionable Impact on Victims of Violence,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE , May, 1998.
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Unabomber’s Twisted Saga,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE, (July: 1998) 56-58.
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Heavy Gambling is not a Disease,” in Rod L. Evans and Mark Hance (eds.), LEGALIZED GAMBLING: FOR AND AGAINST , Open Court Publishing Company,1998
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Television’s Assault on Civility,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE (September: 1998)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Rhetorical Dimensions of Decriminalization,” in Jefferson Fish, HOW TO LEGALIZE DRUGS, 1998
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Should Mental Illness fall Under the Americans with Disabilities Act?” USA TODAY MAGAZINE, January, 1999
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Myth of the Rhetorical Situation,” anthologized in John Lucaites, CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORY: A Reader (1999)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, ” Dr. Kevorkian on the Air: CBS and ‘60 Minutes’ Drop the Ball,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE, May, 1999
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Tipper Gore and the Overreaching of Mental Health Coverage, USA TODAY MAGAZINE, March, 2000.
      • Richard E. Vatz, Reprint of “The Myth of the Rhetorical Situation,” RHETORICA SCANDINAVICA, September 2000
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Surgeon General’s Unkindest Cut,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE, November, 2000
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Rhetoric of ADHD” Disease, USA TODAY MAGAZINE (March, 2001)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Sexual Predator Statutes and Psychiatric Confusion,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE, July, 2001
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Psychological Help for the Terrorized,” USA Today Magazine, Nov. 2001
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Murderous Mothers,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE, 2002
      • Richard E Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Gambling, Psychology and State Politics,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE, May , 2003
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Lately on Media Bias,” QUALITATIVE RESEARCH REPORTS IN COMMUNICATION (Fall, 2003)
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Getting Away with Murder: Vincent Gigante and Exculpatory Psychiatry,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE, March, 2004
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Psychological Help for the Terrorized,” ANNUAL EDITIONS, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, March 2004
      • Richard E. Vatz, The Unabomber’s Twisted Saga, ANNUAL EDITIONS Violence and Terrorism March, 2004
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Latest on John Hinckley,” USA TODAY MAGAZINE, (September, 2004)
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Is a Mental Illness Rapprochement Possible?” USA TODAY MAGAZINE (November, 2004)
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Will Justice Be Served on Andrea Yates?” USA TODAY MAGAZINE (March, 2005)
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Therapy Overload on Campus” USA Today Magazine, November, 2005
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Article Rewrite Assignment, The Successful Professor, November 2005
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Quandary over Mental Illness,” ANNUAL EDITIONS: Psychology 06/07
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Of What Value are Public Opinion Polls,” USA Today Magazine, May, 2006
      • Richard E. Vatz., “Rhetoric and Psychiatry: A Szaszian Perspective on a Political Case Study,” Current Psychology Vol 25, #3 Fall 2006 pp. 173-181
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Devil Made Them Do It,” USA Today Magazine, March, 2007
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “What We Can and Cannot Learn From the Virginia Tech Tragedy,” USA Today Magazine, July, 2007
      • Richard E. Vatz, Annual Editions Psychology 07/08 “The Quandary Over Mental Illness”
      • Richard E. Vatz and Jeffrey A. Schaler, “Psychiatry’s Valid but Dishonest Reconsiderations” – , USA Today Magazine, March, 2008 58-60
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, The Obama vs. Clinton Security Sweepstakes,” USA Today Magazine, May, 2008
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Arguably the Best in the History of the Game” [on Roberto Clemente],” USA Today Magazine, July, 2008
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Unacceptable Campaigning: the “FIT Test,” USA Today Magazine, (in press)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Candidates need to be ‘FIT’,” USA Today Magazine, September, 2008
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Accommodating the Killer,” USA Today Magazine, September, 2008
      • Richard E. Vatz, “NCA’s de facto Ideological Discrimination,” Spectra January 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz and Jeffrey A. Schaler, “Through a Back Door Darkly: New Mental Health Insurance Requirements,” USA Today Magazine, January, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Mythical Status of Situational Rhetoric: Implications for Rhetorical Critics’ Relevance in the Public Arena,” The Review of Communication Vol. 9, No. 1, January 2009, pp. 1-5
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The (Liberal) Beat Goes On (on media bias and Howard Kurtz’s “Reliable Sources”), USA Today Magazine, May, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz and Jeffrey A. Schaler, “A Depressing Outlook for Teenagers,” USA Today Magazine, July, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Parity’s Perfect Storm,” USA Today Magazine, November, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Doing Away with the ‘Only One-Fourth of One Percent Solution,’ USA Today Magazine, March, 2010
      • Richard E. Vatz, “A Democrat Suffers Media Bias: Hillary’s Fight Against Pro-Obama Coverage” in Theodore Sheckels, Cracked But Not Shatterered: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Unsuccessful Campaign for the Presidency, 2010
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Mentally ill offenders should be held responsible for their actions” in Crime and criminals / Christina Fisanick, (ed.) Crime and Criminals, 2010
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Doing Away with the ‘Only One-Fourth of One Percent Solution,’USA Today Magazine, March, 2010
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Online Courses: Main Streaming the Phoenix Model of Inferior Education,” The Faculty Voice, May 2010
      • Richard E. Vatz,”Bullying by Any Other Name,” USA Today Magazine, September, 2010
      • Richard E. Vatz, “A Democrat Suffers Media Bias: Hillary’s Fight Against Pro-Obama Coverage” in Theodore Sheckels, Cracked But Not Shattered: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Unsuccessful Campaign for the Presidency, 2010
      • Richard E. Vatz, “A Conservative Pundit in Liberal Surroundings: an uneven odyssey” in Seth Kahn (ed.) Activism and Rhetoric, Routledge Press, 2010
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Mentally ill offenders should be held responsible for their actions” in Crime and criminals / Christina Fisanick, (ed.) Crime and Criminals, 2010
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Insanity Excuse and Retrograde Thinking,” USA Today Magazine, March 2011.
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Politics of Rhetoric and Courage,” USA Today Magazine, March 2013
      • Richard E. Vatz and Jeffrey A. Schaler, “Therapeutic Theory: Psychiatry’s Irresponsible Deception,” an expanded piece on the new DSM-5, USA Today Magazine, July, 2013
      • Richard E. Vatz. (November: 2013) Commemoration of Anniversary of JFK Assassination, Baltimore Magazine
      • Richard E. Vatz, Richard E. Vatz, (March, 2014) “This is Insane,” USA Today Magazine
      • Richard E. Vatz, July 2015 “Ameliorating (NOT!) Race Relations” USA Today Magazine, 16-17
      • Richard E. Vatz September 2015 USA Today Magazine “Voting Season Ventures,”  44-46
      • Vatz, Richard E. “Polling Place:  No Choice at All,” USA Today Magazine, July, 2016 
      • Vatz, Richard E. “The Academically Destructive Nature of Trigger Warnings,” First Amendment Studies Volume 50, Fall 2016 – Issue 2
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Fatherless Pandemic,” USA Today Magazine, January 2019.
      • Vatz, Richard E. I’ve Got a Little List, With Apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan, The Daily Squib, 2020
      • Richard E. Vatz “A Conservative Professorial Pundit in Liberal Surroundings: an uneven odyssey projected through 2020,” in Seth Kahn and JongHua Lee (eds.) Activism and Rhetoric, theories and contexts for political engagement (forthcoming: 2019)
      • Vatz, Richard E. Crushing Conservatism In The Academy: A Case Study Of One National Anti-Conservative Organization, The Daily Caller, February 3, 2020 https://dailycaller.com/2020/02/03/vatz-crushing-conservatism-academy-national-anti-conservative-organization/
      • Vatz, Richard E. Identity Universities and the End of Academic Freedom, The Daily Caller, June 23, 2021 https://dailycaller.com/2021/06/21/faulkner-keys-and-vatz-identity-universities-and-the-end-of-academic-freedom/
      • Richard E. Vatz, “A Conservative Pundit in Liberal Surroundings: an uneven odyssey” in Seth Kahn (ed.) Activism and Rhetoric 2nd edition, Routledge Press, 2020
Review Essays and Reviews
      • Richard E. Vatz, Review, Marvin Karlins and Herbert B. Abelson, PERSUASION, in THE SPEECH TEACHER (September, 1972)
      • Richard E. Vatz, Review, Murray Edelman, POLITICS AS SYMBOLIC ACTION, in QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SPEECH (February, 1974)
      • Richard E. Vatz, Review, F.M. Kail, WHAT WASHINGTON SAID in TODAY’S SPEECH (Spring: 1974)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Trevor Melia, Bibliographic Book Review of Works of Thomas Szasz: HERESIES, IDEOLOGY AND INSANITY, THE SECOND SIN, THE MANUFACTURE OF MADNESS, THE MYTH OF MENTAL ILLNESS and CEREMONIAL CHEMISTRY in QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SPEECH (February, 1977)
      • Lee S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz, Review Essay, on Thomas Szasz MYTH OF PSYCHOTHERAPY, “Psychotherapy and the Three R’s: Rhetoric, Religion and Repression,” in AMERICAN LEGAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION FORUM (May, 1978)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Book Review Essay (on Works of Thomas Szasz), in COMMUNICATION QUARTERLY (Spring, 1979)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Review, Thomas Szasz, THEOLOGY AND MEDICINE, in PHILOSOPHY AND RHETORIC (Winter, 1981)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Review of Thomas Szasz, SEX BY PRESCRIPTION, in The QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SPEECH (February, 1982)
      • Lee S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz. Review of Raoul Berger, DEATH PENALTIES, in AMERICAN LEGAL STUDIES REVIEW (1983)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Review, E. Fuller Torrey, SCHIZOPHRENIA, in QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SPEECH (May: 1986)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Review, Ellen Plasil, THERAPIST, in PSYCHOTHERAPY (Fall: 1986)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Review of THE MEDIA ELITE, in QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SPEECH (November: 1987)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Trivializing Anti-Psychiatry,” Review-essay, Garth Wood, THE MYTH OF NEUROSIS in CRITICAL REVIEW (Fall: 1987)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Review of Peter Stoler, THE WAR AGAINST THE PRESS, in SOUTHERN SPEECH COMMUNICATION (Winter : 1988)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Review of Robert Denton and Dan Hahn, PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATION, in PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES QUARTERLY (Winter: 1988)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Metaphor and Law,” a Review of Milner Ball’s LYING DOWN TOGETHER: LAW, METAPHOR AND THEOLOGY, in LAW AND SOCIETY REVIEW (volume 21, #5: 1988)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Review of William Rusher, THE COMING BATTLE FOR THE MEDIA, in QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SPEECH (November, 1990)
      • Richard E. Vatz, Review of Richard Berendzen (with Laura Palmer), COME HERE: A MAN OVERCOMES THE TRAGIC AFTERMATH OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE, in PSYCHOTHERAPY (Spring:1994)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg “Dershowitz’s Muddled Arguments Make Sorry Case for Book, “THE SUNDAY SUN November, 1994
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Review, Alan Dershowitz, THE ABUSE EXCUSE,” QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SPEECH (August, 1996)
      • Richard E Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Review of James Q. Wilson, DOES THE ABUSE EXCUSE THREATEN OUR LEGAL SYSTEM, in SOUTHERN COMMUNICATION JOURNAL (Fall, 1997)
      • Richard E Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Review of James Q. Wilson, MORAL JUDGMENT in SOUTHERN COMMUNICATION JOURNAL, (Fall, 1997)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Howard Kurtz, SPIN CYCLE: Inside the Clinton Propaganda Machine, QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SPEECH, (Feb, 1999)
      • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Leslie Stahl, REPORTING LIVE, SOUTHERN COMMUNICATION JOURNAL (Summer: 2000)
      • Richard E. Vatz, Review, Bernard Goldberg, BIAS, USA TODAY MAGAZINE, May 2002
      • Richard E. Vatz, Review, Bernard Goldberg, BIAS, QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SPEECH , Nov 2002
      • Richard E. Vatz, Review, Jeffrey Schaler, ADDICTION IS A CHOICE, JOURNAL OF HEALTH COMMUNICATION (2003)
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Significant Psychiatric Recommendations Irresponsibly Made,” Current Psychology, November, 2007
      • Review of Allan V. Horwitz and Jerome C. Wakefield. The loss of sadness: How psychiatry transformed normal sorrow into depressive disorder, (New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 2007)
      • Review, Richard E. Vatz, Bernard Goldberg, A slobbering love affair: the true (and pathetic) story of the torrid romance between Barack Obama and the mainstream media, 2009 Quarterly Journal of Speech: ( 2010)
Correspondence
        • Richard E. Vatz, rejoinder to article by Scott Consigny critiquing my article “The Myth of the Rhetorical Situation” in PHILOSOPHY AND RHETORIC (Winter, 1975)
        • Lee. S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz, “Political Philosophy,” A letter-essay concerning Alexander Bickel’s MORALITY OF CONSENT, COMMENTARY (June, 1976)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “More on the Rhetorical Situation,” in Forum Section, QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SPEECH (February, 1981)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Kenneth A. Vatz, letter-essay on medical care in COMMENTARY (June, 1983)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Challenging the Challengers of Szasz’s Psychiatric Will,” Correspondence Section of HASTINGS CENTER REPORT (December, 1983)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Correspondence” piece on Alcoholism, THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ( July 21, 1988)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Psychosophistry’ on the Homeless,” “Free For All”, THE WASHINGTON POST (January 7, 1989)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Scholars Have Their Say,” “Free For All” THE WASHINGTON POST ( April 7, 1990)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Dangers of Ritalin,” THE NEW YORK TIMES (August 4, 1990)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Insanity Defense,” THE WASHINGTON POST ( August 26, 1990)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Anti-psychiatry and Homelessness,” COMMENTARY (September, 1991)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Battling for Mental Health Benefits,” Heath section in THE WASHINGTON POST (March 31, 1992)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Low State of Higher Ed.” THE WASHINGTON POST (September 14, 1992)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, refereed letter, “Treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (May 12, 1993)
        • Richard E. Vatz, Edith Effron and Psychoanalysis of Bill Clinton, REASON (March, 1995)
        • Richard E. Vatz, ,”Not All Mental Woes Are Severe Illnesses,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (answer to attack on my earlier article in WALL STREET JOURNAL,” August 19, 1996.
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Schizophrenia’s Most Zealous Foe,” THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, March, 1998, p. 16
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Capitol Madness.” USA TODAY (newspaper) August 18, 1998
        • Richard E. Vatz, letter on article on E. Fuller Torrey, “Schizophrenia’s Most Zealous Foe” March, 1998 THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Drug Stigma Not Bad,” USA TODAY, May 11, 1999
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Why Publicize an Assassin’s Views? “THE WASHINGTON POST, May 22, 1999
        • Richard E. Vatz. “Letting Criminals Walk,” THE WASHINGTON POST, July 30, 1999
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Insanity Defense: Indefensible,” THE WASHINGTON POST, March 6, 2000
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Mental Disorder,”COMMENTARY, March, 2000
        • Richard E. Vatz, “An Obeisant Vice President,” THE WASHINGTON POST, July 9, 2000
        • Richard E. Vatz, Letter to the Editor, “Self Disclosure in Therapy, “Science,” THE NEW YORK TIMES,” January 8, 2002
        • Richard E. Vatz, Letter to the Editor on Allegedly Innocent Death Row Inmates, USA TODAY, January 13, 2003
        • Richard E. Vatz, Letter to the Editor on Mary McGrory’s Editorial Retraction, THE WASHINGTON POST March 8, 2003
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Therapy is in the Eye of the Beholder,” THE WASHINGTON POST, March 30, 2004
        • Richard E. Vatz, “No Authenticity in Debates,” THE WASHINGTON POST October 25, 2004
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Conservative and Liberal Professors in the academy,” CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, November 5, 2004
        • Richard E. Vatz, “CBS Anchor’s Departure is Welcome” USA Today, March 8, 2005
        • “Thomas Szasz Takes on His Critics,” Reason Magazine, Aug/Sept 2005
        • Letter on cyclothymia, The Washington Post, December 27, 2005
        • “Dealing with Depression, The Washington Post, June 28, 2006
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Boys and Girls and ADHD, ” The Washington Post, July 18, 2006
        • Richard E. Vatz, “An Unbalanced Diagnosis,” The New Atlantis, Fall, 2006
        • Richard E. Vatz, Letter to the Editor, “[anti] Parity for Mental Health” The Washington Post, November 20, 2007
        • Richard E. Vatz, Letter to the Editor, “Bill Buckley as I Knew Him,” The Washington Post, February 29, 2008
        • Richard E. Vatz, Letter to the Editor, “Is Monitoring Plagiarism Worth the Hassle?” The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 10, 2009
        • Richard E. Vatz, Letter to the Editor, The Washington Post (Health) Depression Testing, June 2, 2009
        • Richard E. Vatz, Letter exchange with Gonzales Group (Polling), The Baltimore Sun, October 3, 2009
        • Richard E. Vatz, Letter to the Editor, “About that Bloomberg Runaway,” The New York Times November 21, 2009
        • Richard E. Vatz, Letter to the Editor, “Remembering Deborah Howell,” The Washington Post, January 9, 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz “Perils of parity,” The Washington Post (Health Section), March 9, 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Psychiatric Diagnoses are Prone to Abuse,” The Baltimore Sun, October 6, 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz , “Society’s Negative Cues Seem to Foster Bullying,” USA Today, October 29, 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz, Abortion’s Mental Health Debate, The Washington Post, November 10, 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Higher Education “efficiency” Doesn’t Work,” The Baltimore Sun, December 20, 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz, letter to the Editor on Salon.com’s Michael Takiff Anti-Semitic Attack of Rep. Eric Cantor, The Jewish Times (forthcoming, August, 2011)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Ombudsman’s Verdict,” The Washington Post November 29, 2011.
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Iran is top issue in 2012,” USA Today, December 8, 2011
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Schurick Robocall was shameful, but not false,” The Baltimore Sun, December 21, 2011.
        • Richard E. Vatz, Ehrlich column good for the ex-governor, good for The Sun — and good for readers,” The Baltimore Sun, January 24, 2012
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Without an ombudsman, it’s a diminished Post,” The Washington Post, February 23, 2012
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Vatz: I don’t discriminate against Democrats,” The Baltimore Sun, May 24, 2013
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Explaining media bias — to a biased member of the media,” The Baltimore Sun, March 26, 2013
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Local Opinions” in The Washington Post July 20, 2013 on the George Zimmerman case.
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Overuse of anonymous sources hurts the paper’s credibility,” The Washington Post, December 20, 2013
        •  Richard E. Vatz, “Mental Health Overhaul Won’t Curtain Mass Killings,” The Wall Street Journal  January 3, 2014
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Kane was Sun’s star,” The Baltimore Sun. February 21, 2014
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Unplugged in the Classroom, The Washington Post, January 5, 2015
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Not Time for Hinckley’s Release, The Washington Post, June 22, 2015
        • Letter to the Editor, “Growing Intolerance on Campus,” The Washington Post, February 18, 2016
        •  Vatz, Richard E., “Addiction is Not a Disease,” letter The Baltimore Sun, June 7, 2016
        •  Vatz, Richard E., “An objectionable omission [regarding psychiatry’s omission of Thomas S. Szasz in its histories], November 5, 2016.
        • Vatz, Richard E., “Real Science is Based on Insights, Not Identity” [letter concerning anti-conservative bias in the academy] Wall Street Journal, August 10th, 2017
        • Richard E. Vatz, Attack on Brochin misleading and unfair,” The Baltimore Sun November 3, 2017
        • Vatz, Richard E.  “It’s impossible to find a disinterested view of this presidency,” The Washington Post August 3, 2018
        • Vatz, Richard E. “Rudy is Right; truth isn’t Truth,” The Baltimore Sun August 22, 2018
        • Vatz, Richard E. “Professor Who Gives Easy A’s Is Hurting the Best Students.”  Chronicle of Higher Education. August 23, 2018
        • Vatz, Richard E.  “Hippodrome Incident was not free speech, November 16, 2018 The Baltimore Sun
        • Vatz, Richard E.  “I’m a conservative professor. Nancy Pelosi is the right kind of leader.” The Washington Post January 6. 2019
        • Vatz, Richard E. “Student Evaluations Will Never Be Very Valid or Valuable.” Chronicle of Higher Education January 21, 2019
Editorials
        • Richard E. Vatz, “No Mere Rhetoric,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (July 15, 1980)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Conventional Eloquence,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (August, 1980)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Which Past for President Reagan,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (January 20, 1980)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Inaugural Speech: Reagan Warmed Over?” THE BALTIMORE SUN (January 27, 1981)
        • Lee S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz, “Nixon in 1980,” THE WASHINGTON POST (January 16, 1980)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Reaganspeak and the New Imperial Presidency,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (August 20, 1981)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Who’s Crazy? Forensic Psychiatry and the Courts,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (June 2, 1982)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Tylenol Trial,” THE BALTIMORE SUN, (July 14, 1982)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Some Say Mental Illness is a Myth, “in Perspective Section of THE BALTIMORE SUN (August 22, 1982)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Calling Behaviors ‘Illness’ deflects responsibility,” THE LOS ANGELES TIMES (June 20, 1983)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Illness Copout,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (August 17, 1983)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Why Not Sue a Psychiatrist?,” THE WASHINGTON POST (August 29, 1983)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Reasoned Debate,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (September 7, 1983)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Big Hang-Up (campaign phone advertising),” PITTSBURGH PRESS (November 15, 1983)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Ducking the Issue on the Insanity Plea, Perspective section of THE BALTIMORE SUN (January 22, 1984)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Measuring and Shaping Public Opinion,” PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (February 4,1984)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Debates,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (June 6, 1984)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Sexual Addiction,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (June 27, 1984)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Campaign Polling,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (July 27, 1984)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Presidential Debates,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (September 27, 1984)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Getting Ahead” (on political campaigns and polling), THE BALTIMORE SUN (October 18, 1984)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Inaugurals Past,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (January 21, 1985)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Freud Reanalyzed,” THE SUNDAY SUN (February 17, 1985)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The ‘Meaning’ of the Hostage Crisis,'” Lead article in PERSPECTIVE section of THE SUNDAY SUN (June 30, 1985)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Alcoholism as Disease-The Indulgence Epidemic,” THE LOS ANGELES TIMES (August 11, 1985)
        • Richard E. Vatz, Lee S. Weinberg, and Thomas Szasz, “Television and Psychiatry?” Outlook section of THE WASHINGTON POST (September 15, 1985)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Psychiatry: Science or Politics?”, Lead article in Perspective Section of THE SUNDAY SUN (January 26, 1986)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Word Traps,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (March 19, 1986)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Is Gambling a Disease?”, THE WASHINGTON POST (April 2, 1986)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Great and Not-So-Great Debates,” Lead article in Perspective section of THE SUNDAY SUN (June 1, 1986)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “What Lies Ahead for Polygraphers,” LOS ANGELES TIMES (June 22, 1986)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Not-so-great Debate,” THE EVENING SUN (July 15, 1986)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Disputing Reality of Gamblers’ Illness,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (July 23, 1986)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Senate Debate Turned Into Minor Chaos,” THE EVENING SUN (July 28, 1986)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Tests of Voting,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (July 29, 1986)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Women, Politics and Psychiatry,” LOS ANGELES HERALD EXAMINER” (August 15, 1986)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Grandiose Claims of the ‘New Psychiatry,'” NEWSDAY (October 3, 1986)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Myth of Tobacco Addiction,” THE WASHINGTON POST (October 7, 1986) (also published in CHICAGO TRIBUNE November 3, 1986)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg “Reagan Should Not Testify,” THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN (December 17, 1986)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Riddle of Colonel North: A Crazy-Brave Among Phony-Toughs,” THE WASHINGTON POST (January 26, 1987)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “A Prescription for Disaster,” (Analysis on Gubernatorial Commission on Higher Education), THE BALTIMORE SUN (February 17, 1987)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Yet Another ‘Most-Crucial’ Reagan Test,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (March 21, 1987)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Science and Advocacy in the Courtroom,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (April 18, 1987)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Selling the Myth of the Pathological Gambler,” THE EVENING SUN (June 22, 1987)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The President’s Speech: Great Expectations, Small Substance,” The Perspective Section in THE SUNDAY SUN (August 16, 1987)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “A Debate That Wasn’t,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (September 1, 1987)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Polls: Was the Big Schmoke Lead Created or Discovered?”, Perspective section of THE SUNDAY SUN (September 27, 1987)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Making Opinion Instead of Measuring It: The Perils of Asking if Bush is a Wimp,” Perspective section of THE SUNDAY SUN (October 18, 1987)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Some Reflections on New Hampshire’s Vote,” THE EVENING SUN (February 18, 1988)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Dole’s Big Victory: It was in the Air,” Perspective section in THE SUNDAY SUN (February 21, 1988)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “What is Alcoholism?”, Lead article in Perspective section in THE SUNDAY SUN (January 24, 1988). Reprinted in The LOS ANGELES DAILY RECORD (January 1988)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “When to Release Criminally Insane?” THE BALTIMORE SUN (March 10, 1988)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Notes on the Summit,” THE EVENING SUN (June 3, 1988)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Rather Tense Nature of Bush Interviews,” Perspective Section of THE BALTIMORE SUNDAY SUN (June 12, 1988)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Rating the [Democrats’] Speechifying,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (July 23, 1988)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, re Dukakis psychiatric rumors “A Problem, or is it a Sickness?” THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN (August 11, 1988)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Rating the [Republicans’] Rhetoric,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (August 20, 1988)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Quayle Failed. Does it Matter?,” THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN (October 7, 1988)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “We Can’t Tell Who’ll Be Violent if Released,” NEWSDAY (January 8, 1989)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “In Defense of the Motivation of Therapists,” Perspective page, THE BALTIMORE SUNDAY SUN (February 26, 1989)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Tower’s No-Drink Pledge Makes No Sense.” THE LOS ANGELES HERALD EXAMINER, (March 2, 1989)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “There’s a New Skepticism Toward Alcohol as a Disease,” Health Section, THE WASHINGTON POST (March 7, 1989)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “After the Wilding, the World asks, ‘Why?’,” THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN (May 8, 1989)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Can Gambling Be Excused as a Disease?” THE BALTIMORE SUNDAY SUN (JULY 2, 1989)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Going Hunting for Quayle Again,” THE BALTIMORE SUNDAY SUN (July 23, 1989)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Problem with ‘Admitting the Problem’ [Critique of self-help groups “Twelve Steps”],” Perspective section of THE SUNDAY SUN ( November 19, 1989); published as “When an Admission Becomes a No-fault Claim,” CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER (January 15, 1990)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Guess-timates About Gambling” (Critique of pathological gambling surveys), THE BALTIMORE SUN (January 24, 1990)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “A Perspective on Letters to Newspapers,” THE PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (March 6, 1990)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Those Who Can Teach” (on the effect of the Civil Rights Act of 1990 on college and university hiring), THE BALTIMORE SUN (March 31, 1990)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Walters Interview: No Guts and Much Glory,” THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN (April 10, 1990)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Public Apologies,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (August 7, 1990) Richard E. Vatz, “MADD’s Gentle Art of Persuasion THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN (August 7, 1990) Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The President Escalates the Rhetoric in Baltimore Speech [in Persian Gulf Crisis],” THE SUNDAY SUN (August 26, 1990)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Teaching us Values and Calling it “Science'” [critique of the 1990 Kinsey Institute Survey on Americans’ Sexual Knowledge], THE BALTIMORE SUN (September 15, 1990)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “State of Mind” [on conviction of man having sex with person with “multiple personality disorder], THE BALTIMORE SUN (November 13, 1990)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Expense of the Death Penalty,” THE PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (January 12, 1991)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Compulsive Gambling as a Phony Excuse,” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ( July 3, 1991)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Smith Case: End to Rape Shield Laws?” THE WASHINGTON POST (September 3, 1991)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Mental Illness and Insurance,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (January 11, 1992)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “New Study Provides Evidence Hyperactivity overdiagnosed,” THE SUNDAY SUN (September 13, 1992)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Presidential Debates Seldom Shake Solid Support,” THE SUNDAY SUN (October 11, 1992)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Keno Krazy: Why ‘Compulsive Gambling Really Isn’t,” “Outlook” Editorial, THE WASHINGTON POST (January 10, 1993)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Incoming Presidents Labor with ‘an Inferior Art Form” [inaugural address], THE SUNDAY SUN (January 17, 1993)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Blanket Mental Health Coverage- Crazy,” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (April 14, 1993)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “[Mental Health Insurance] Coverage Only for the Most Severe Conditions, THE BALTIMORE SUN (June 8, 1993)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Media Make [Health] Risks Sensational,” THE SUNDAY SUN ( June 27, 1993)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Mental Health Myopia” (Media coverage of psychiatry and public policy), THE WASHINGTON TIMES (August 17, 1993)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Insanity of the Ron Price Case,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (August 18, 1993)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Not a ‘Victim’ to His Victim,” (op-ed interview with victim of American University President Richard Berendzen), THE WASHINGTON TIMES (September 19, 1993)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Mental Health: A Phony Crisis,” USA TODAY (December 2, 1993)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Separate ‘Mentally Ill’ from ‘Worried Well,” (relates to Clinton Health Security Act), THE LOS ANGELES TIMES (December 13, 1993)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Making Maryland ‘The Therapeutic State'” THE SUNDAY SUN (February 13, 1994)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nixon –Well, Sort of,” THE SUNDAY SUN (May 1, 1994)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Attention Deficit Delirium,” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (July 27, 1994)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Shapiro for the Defense,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (September 2, 1994)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “To Clinton’s ‘Shrinks:’ Heal Thyselves,” THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN ( November 22, 1994)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Strange Case of Denver’s Lenore Walker,” THE DENVER POST (February 4, 1995)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Gambling is not Pathological,” “Rejoinder,” THE BALTIMORE SUN (October, 1995)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Good Reasons for Caution on Mental Health Coverage.” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (June 13, 1996)
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, ” My Fellow Americans…(and all that)” (critique of inaugural addresses) THE PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (January 20,1997); also published in THE NEW JERSEY STANDARD
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Muddled Concepts of Mental Disability,” THE WASHINGTON TIMES (May 21, 1997)
        • Lee S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz, “For Gun-toting Students, No Special Exceptions,” PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, April 29, 1998
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Not a Close Call,” THE WASHINGTON TIMES, April 1998
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Overreach on Mental Health,” THE WASHINGTON TIMES, June 23, 1999; also published in THE PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, July 8, 1999
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Wrong Decision-Makers,” THE WASHINGTON TIMES, August 8, 1999
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Satcher Report is Bad Science,” THE BALTIMORE SUN, January 23, 2000
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Negative Campaigning,” THE HARTFORD COURANT, February, 2000
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Case Against John Hinckley’s Latest Request,” THE BALTIMORE SUN, April 18, 2000
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Can’t Stop Negative Ads,” THE BALTIMORE SUN, September 7, 2000
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Enter with Caution [lead op-ed piece on Inaugural Speeches], THE BALTIMORE SUN, January 19, 2001
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Media Coverage of McVeigh”, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, April 15, 2001
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Mother Must Answer for Her Deadly Choice,” THE BALTIMORE SUN January 7, 2002
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Debates May Sway Race for Governor,” THE BALTIMORE SUN, April 2, 2002
        • Richard E Vatz, “Primary Lessons, THE BALTIMORE SUN, September 13, 2002
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Compulsive Gambling Hyperbole,” THE WASHINGTON TIMES, March 27, 2003
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Psychiatry in the Courtroom,” THE WASHINGTON TIMES, May 21, 2003
        • Richard E. Vatz, ”The Case Against Hinckley’s Plea,” THE WASHINGTON TIMES, November 3, 2003
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Compulsive Gambling Myth,” THE BALTIMORE SUN, December 4, 2003
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Primaries are Undemocratic,” USA TODAY (newspaper), January 19, 2004
        • Richard E. Vatz, “A Big Debate Over a Small Number of Votes,” RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER, September 28, 2004
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Yates Deserves a New Trial, Then Prison, THE BALTIMORE SUN, January 12, 2005
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Tom Cruise is Right – Mostly,” The Gazette, July 5, 2005
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Silence on attacks against Steele over the years point to racism, Maryland Style,” The Gazette November 11, 2005
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Polls are too much with us,” The Gazette, January 27, 2006
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The System Goes Crazy again: Insanity pleas in court redux,” The Baltimore Examiner, August 10, 2006
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Republicans Alienate America When Pandering to Base,” The Baltimore Examiner, August 16, 2007
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Why Cheney Was Right: Polls Shouldn’t Make Policy, The Baltimore Sun April 14, 2008
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Negative Campaigning Clarified: The “FIT Test,” The Baltimore Examiner, July 14, 2008
        • Richard E. Vatz and Jeffrey A. Schaler, “ ‘Parity’ Through the Back Door,” The Baltimore Sun, October 23, 2008
        • Richard E. Vatz, “One Sick Prognosis,” The Washington Times,” January 7, 2009
        • Richard E. Vatz , “No jail time for a young woman’s brutal killer — is this justice?” The Baltimore Sun, August 4, 2009
        • Richard E. Vatz, “In Md. poll, Consider What Wasn’t Asked,” The Baltimore Sun, September 24, 2009
        • Richard E. Vatz and Jeffrey A. Schaler, “Mental Health Trojan Horse,” The Washington Times, December 31, 2009
        • Richard E. Vatz, “TU’s Identity Crisis,” The Towerlight (Towson University’s newspaper), February 25, 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz, Democrats quick to generalize about racism,” The Baltimore Sun, March 25, 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz, “O’Malley-Ehrlich Debate: busting the myths,” The Baltimore Sun, October 6, 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Full-time faculty registration advising: only a very bad idea or a truly terrible one?” The Towerlight, October 28, 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Brain disease vs. mental illness: When more than 50 percent of the population is deemed sick, the validity of such diagnoses is called into question, ” The Baltimore Sun, January 27, 2011
        • Richard E. Vatz, “A search for excellence at Towson,” The Baltimore Sun, March 30, 2011
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The diversity hoax: On campus, conservatives need not apply,” The Baltimore Sun, June 23, 2011
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Death penalty opponents are disingenuous: arguments regarding cost, effect on victim’s families twist the truth, The Baltimore Sun, October 10, 2011
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Schurick’s Behavior Wrong, But Not Criminal,” The Baltimore Sun, December 11, 2011.
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Baltimore paper defamed the late Ron Smith,” The Washington Examiner (print and electronic), March 21, 2012
        • 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, “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,  “Myth of counseling as cure to mass murder,” The Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 5, 2013
      •  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
      • Richard E, Vatz, Trump and Carson:: Unprepared and Unqualified for the Presidency, The Baltimore Sun, October 26, 2015
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Improving Presidential Debates,” The Washington Times, February 19, 2016
      • Vatz, Richard E., “Can I Vote for Trump?,” The Baltimore Sun, June 29, 2016
      • Vatz, Richard E., “The Problem with Trump’s Rhetoric,” The Baltimore Sun, August 11, 2016
      • Vatz, Richard E., “Donald Trump: Today’s Crazy-Brave, The Baltimore Sun, October 11, 2016
      • Vatz, Richard E., “Is Putin Better as Trump’s friend or foe?” The Baltimore Sun, January 18, 2017
      • Vatz, Richard E., Discrimination against conservatives in higher education is a mile wide and a mile deep,” The Baltimore Sun, May 7, 2017
      • Vatz, Richard E. and Schaler, Jeffrey A. , “Turning political disagreement into a disease,” The Washington Times, May 18, 2017
      • Vatz, Richard E., “Blame Baltimore violence on a lack of fathers in the home,” The Baltimore Sun,  July 25, 2017
      • Richard E. Vatz, “What if Paddock did it because he’s evil?” The Baltimore Sun. October 10, 2017
      • Vatz, Richard E. “The Social Costs of Fatherlessness” The Washington Times. December 18, 2018
      • Vatz, Richard E. “Pugh’s ‘squeegee kid’ solution doesn’t solve the problem, Maryland Reporter 11/27/2018
      • Vatz, Richard E., “When Type A Leadership Leads to Shortsighted Political Policy,”s Washington Times June 25, 2018
      • Vatz, Richard E., “Cowardly leadership put America in this state,” The Baltimore Sun, August 13, 2018
      • Vatz, Richard E. “The myth of ‘cell phone addiction’” The Washington Times August 29, 2018
      • Vatz, Richard E., “Civility Not Yet Dead in American Politics, The Baltimore Sun October 18, 2018

      • Vatz, Richard E., The Mosbys: Another Low Point for Baltimore, Maryland Reporter, May 8, 2021 https://marylandreporter.com/2021/05/08/the-mosbys-another-low-point-for-baltimore/
      • Vatz, Richard E., Discrimination Against Conservatives Ignored in Higher Education Generally and at Towson University Specifically, Maryland Reporter, Noverber 14, 2020 https://marylandreporter.com/2020/11/14/opinion-discrimination-against-conservatives-ignored-in-higher-education-generally-and-at-towson-university-specifically/%20%20
      • Vatz, Richard E., Remembering Ron Smith: Baltimore and America’s Best Talk Show Host Ever, Maryland Reporter, December, 13, 2020 https://marylandreporter.com/2020/12/13/remembering-ron-smith-baltimore-and-americas-best-talk-show-host-ever/
      • Vatz, Richard E. WBAL TV’s empty mayoral debate: Fiddling while Baltimore burns/, Maryland Reporter, OCTOBER 28, 2020 https://marylandreporter.com/2020/10/28/wbal-tvs-empty-mayoral-debate-fiddling-while-baltimore-burns/
      • Vatz, Richard E., Presidential Debate Moderators Don’t Hide Their Bias, The Baltimore Sun, October 20, 2020 https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-1021-presidential-debate-moderators-20201020-zuck6p6gg5euxnw5sifhloa6uq-story.html
      • Vatz, Richard E., “The Capital Gazette Shooter’s Fraudulent Insanity Plea”, The Washington Post, October 30, 2019 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/local-opinions/the-capital-gazette-shooters-fraudulent-insanity-plea/2019/10/30/56df8976-f11f-11e9-8693-f487e46784aa_story.html
Blogs

Red Maryland (selected):

      • Richard E. Vatz, “Capital Punishment and the South Carolina Malicious Miscreant,” June 19, 2015
      • Richard E. Vatz “Conservative Pundit Endorsement of Brian Frosh over Jon Cardin for Democratic Attorney General Nomination,” May 11, 2014
      • Richard E. Vatz “Gansler for the Win, “ May 8, 2014
      • Richard E. Vatz, Some Truths About the Value and Viability of the Mitt Romney Candidacy, March 7, 2012
      • Richard E. Vatz, Reliable Sources Watch (cont.): Down-the-Middle Liberal/Conservative Media Criticism — Sometimes, February 27, 2012
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Undelivered President Barack Obama Pre-Vacation Speech,” Red Maryland, August 21, 2011
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Difference in Principles in Arguments Over the Debt Ceiling,” Red Maryland, August 2, 2011
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Salon.com’s Michael Takiff’s Most Unkindest Cut of All — the Anti-Semitic Attack on Rep. Eric Cantor,” Red Maryland, July 23, 2011
      • Richard E. Vatz, “WBAL’s Mark Miller: the Best of Competence, Judgment and Ethics,” Red Maryland and Patch blogs, July 13, 2011
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Richard E. Vatz Introduction of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich to Vatz’s Persuasion Class,” April 19, 2011
      • Richard E. Vatz, “What I Learned at the Maryland Business for Responsive Government Discussion on the 2011 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session,” April 16, 2011
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Media Watch in the Race for Maryland’s Governorship: The Baltimore Sun,” March 31, 2010
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Hasty Generalizations of Racism: Ugly and Unfair Attacks on Republicans and Tea Partiers,” March 23, 2010
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Single Question Journalists Must Ask Newly Persuaded and Persuasible Democratic House Members in the Last Hours,” March 19, 2010
      • Richard E. Vatz, The Angry, Conflicted President Obama on Airline Terrorism: Rhetorically Tough but Substantively Soft, Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Little, January 8, 2010
      • Richard E. Vatz, “President Barack Obama and the Pending Catastrophe of Iran (Part II): When Does Iran Pass the Rubicon?” July 10, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Egregiously Irresponsible Media: Iran Careers Toward Apocalyptic International Crisis While Michael Jackson Reported as Still Dead,” July 3, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Pending Catastrophe: The Incipient Failure of the Barack Obama Anti-Nuclear Proliferation Policy” June 21, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Apologies: How to Say You’re Sorry for an Obscenity: Erik von Brunn’s Apology for His Father’s Attack at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,” June 14, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Formerly Hilarious David Letterman: Now Beyond the Palin,” June 12, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Liberal Media Watch: June 7, 2009, An Unusually Good Day for THE WASHINGTON POST and THE BALTIMORE SUN”, June 7, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “President Barack Obama in Egypt: “A New Beginning” Through a Channeling of JFK,” June 4, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Charge: Judge Sonia Sotomayor Made a Racist Comment in a 2001 Speech; One Conservative Blogger’s Verdict: Not Guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt,” May 29, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Howard Kurtz and Reliable Sources (Part Two),” May 24, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Smooth Barack Obama vs. the Rough-Around-the-Edges Dick Cheney: The False Dilemma of Principle vs. No Principle,” May 21, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Establishment War Values (Thus Far) of President Barack Obama,” May 16, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz “The Journalistically Irresponsible Brian Williams and the NBC Sanitized News,” May 11, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Barack Obama’s 4/29/09 Press Conference: Speaker Extraordinaire; Policy Wonk; But Quality as Commander-in-Chief Unknown,” April 30, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania: a Profile in Political Expediency and Lack of Integrity,” April 28, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, The Rhetoric of “Torture,” President Barack Obama, and the Banana Republic Laureates, April 24, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The Maryland General Assembly’s Death Penalty Folly: An IIlustrative Application of Reckless Legislation,” April 18, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz, “President Barack Obama’s Inaugural: a Few Not Overly Critical Thoughts,” January 20, 2009
      • Richard E. Vatz,“Despicable Racial Slurs: President-elect Obama and Right Wing Racial Malice,” December 28, 2008
      • Richard E. Vatz,“The Horrible Murder of Aysha D. Ring and the Insanity of the Insanity Plea,” December 8, 2008
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Presidential Election 2008: Post-Mortems,” November 5, 2008
      • Richard E. Vatz “Stay in the Race, Hillary,” Red Maryland, May 23, 2008

 

Conference Papers and Presentations
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Presidential Ethos: The Rhetoric of Apotheosis,” at Eastern States Communication Convention, 1973
        • Lee S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz, “Psychiatry and Crime,” Academy of Criminal Justice annual meeting, New Orleans, 1978
        • Richard E. Vatz, Chair, “Thomas Szasz’s Rhetorical and Communication Theories and Their Applications,” Eastern Communication Association annual meeting, 1979
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Rhetoric and Social Science,” American Legal Studies Association annual meeting, 1979
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Rhetorical Creation of Détente,” Speech Communication Association annual meeting, 1980
        • Lee S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz, “The Insanity of the Insanity Defense,” Northeastern Political Science Association annual meeting, November, 1981
        • Richard E. Vatz, Chair of Panel on Political Rhetoric at Eastern States Communication Association annual meeting, April, 1984
        • Richard E. Vatz, Chair and Coordinator of SCA Seminar Series , “Psychiatry and Psychology as Rhetoric,” 1987 SCA annual convention
        • Richard E. Vatz, Chair, “Symbols of Threat and Reassurance: Case Studies in Political Communication,” panel at 1987 SCA annual convention
        • Richard E. Vatz, Chair and Coordinator, “Language and Alcoholism: Alcohol and the ‘Disease’ Metaphor/Model,” 1988 Speech Communication Association annual convention
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Media and Polling: Measuring and Creating the Salience of George Bush as ‘Wimp,'” 1988 Speech Communication Association annual convention
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Alcohol and the Disease Metaphor: The Veterans Administration Supreme Court Decision,” 1988 Speech Communication Association annual convention
        • Richard E. Vatz, Chair and Coordinator of panel, THE LANGUAGE AND PERSUASION OF HYPERACTIVITY” Eastern Communication Association annual meeting, May, 1989
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Hyperactivity and the Disease Metaphor,” Eastern Communication Association annual meeting, May, 1989
        • Richard E. Vatz, coordinator and participant in debate on considering alcoholism as a disease, Speech Communication Association annual convention, 1990
        • Richard E. Vatz, paper presenter and Panel participant on “Public Opinion and Presidential Elections,” Speech Communication Association annual convention, 1990
        • Richard E. Vatz, coordination and paper presenter on “Predicting Policy from Presidential Rhetoric,” Eastern Communication Association annual meeting, 1991
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Rhetoric and Mental Illness: The Case of Multiple Personality Disorder,” International Communication Association annual meeting, 1991
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Conceptual Bind in Defining the Volitional Component of Alcoholism: Consequences for Public Policy and Scientific Research,” Speech Communication Association annual meeting, November, 1991
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Mental Illness and Criminal Law: From Shield to Sword,” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, March, 1992
        • Richard E. Vatz, chair, “Stress, Social Support and Cogency of Specialized Appeals,” Speech Communication Association annual convention, 1992
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Rhetorical Paradigm in Psychiatry,” Speech Communication Association annual convention, 1993
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Media Coverage of Psychiatry,” Popular Culture Annual Meeting, 1994
        • Richard E. Vatz, Leader of Roundtable Conference on Psychiatry and Rhetoric, Speech Communication Association annual convention, 1994
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Critiques of Szaszian Criticism of Psychiatry,” Top Three Papers in Health Communication, Eastern Communication Association, annual meeting, 1996
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, SCA Seminar in Rhetoric and Psychology, Speech Communication Association annual convention, Fall, 1996
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Diatribe and Ezra Pound,” Eastern Communication Association, March 1997
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, Rhetoric, Therapy and Culture, NCA National Convention Seminar, Fall, 1997
        • Richard E. Vatz , participation in NCA Seminar in “Rhetoric, Therapy and Culture,” Fall, 1997
        • Richard E. Vatz, Chair, “Coming to Terms with the Term, ‘Moderate’” Eastern Communication Association, annual meeting, 1998
        • Richard E. Vatz, coordinator and participant in SCA Seminar Series in “Rhetoric and Psychiatry: Persuasion and Communication Issues,” National Communication Association (NCA) annual convention, Fall, 1998
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Critiques of Szaszian Criticism,” NCA Convention, 1998
        • Richard E. Vatz, Chair and Participant, “Rhetoric and Politics in the Impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton,” Eastern Communication Association Convention, 1999
        • Richard E. Vatz, Chair, “Cynicism in Literary, Counter-Cultural and Academic Practice,” Eastern Communication Association Convention,” 1999
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Richard E. Vatz on Rhetoric and Psychiatry,” NCA National Convention, November, 1999
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “Rhetorical Dimensions of Decriminalization,” NCA National Convention, November 1999
        • Richard E. Vatz, Chair, “Rhetoric and Politics in the Impeachment and Aftermath of President William Jefferson Clinton, ” NCA National Convention, November 1999
        • Richard E. Vatz, Seminar Series, “Rhetoric and Psychiatry: Persuasion and Communication Issues,” NCA National Convention, November 1999
        • Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg, “The Rhetorical Paradigm in Psychiatric History: Thomas Szasz and the Myth of Mental Illness,” NCA National Convention, November 1999
        • Richard E. Vatz, Panel Coordinator of “Private vs. Public Rhetoric: Can One Accurately Infer Presidential Politics from Public Rhetoric?” and Paper Presenter, Offbeat Rhetoric: Pat Buchanan and Reform Party Effects on the Year 2000 Presidential Campaign.” ECA Convention, Pittsburgh, April, 2000
        • Richard E. Vatz, Seminar Coordinator, “Rhetoric and Psychiatry,” NCA National Convention, 2000 in Seattle
        • Richard E. Vatz, Panel Coordinator, “Rhetoric and Communication Issues of the 2000 Presidential and Election,” NCA National Convention, 2000 in Seattle
        • Richard E. Vatz, position paper, “Negative Rhetoric in Campaign 2000: The Only Way to Go,” NCA National Convention, 2000 in Seattle
        • Richard E. Vatz, panelist, “Burke on the Couch: Psychiatric/Psychological Implications of Dramatism, NCA National Convention, 2000 in Seattle
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Surgeon General’s Rhetorically Flawed Report on Mental Illness,” Eastern Communication Association Annual Meeting, 2001
        • Richard E. Vatz, Organizer and Participant, Seminar: Rhetoric and Psychiatry: Persuasion and Communication Issues, National Communication Convention, 2001
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Myth of the Rhetorical Situation A Contentious Reassertion,” National Communication Convention, 2001
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Rhetorical and Political Implications of the War on Terrorism,” Eastern Communication Association Convention, 2002
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Military Confidence and Other Reassuring Rhetoric in the New Age of Terrorism in America,” Eastern Communication Association Convention, 2002
        • Richard E. Vatz, Organizer and Participant, Seminar in Rhetoric and Psychiatry, National Communication Association Convention, Fall, 2002
        • Richard E. Vatz, Chair, “Rhetoric and the War on Terrorism,” National Communication Association Convention, Fall, 2002
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Military Confidence and Other Reassuring Rhetoric in the New Age of Terrorism in America,” National Communication Convention, Fall, 2002
        • Richard E. Vatz, Keynote Series, “Argument for Qualified Support of the Death Penalty,” National Communication Association Convention Fall, 2002
        • Chosen by NCA Vice President to participate in a debate on President Bush’s policies on Iraq for NCA national convention, 2002
        • Richard E. Vatz, “PR and Persuasion Writing”, PRSA 2002 Conference, Baltimore, Md
        • Richard E. Vatz, March, 2003 “Teach-In War Discussion” for Student Government Sponsored Campus Debate, Towson University
        • Richard E. Vatz, “A Conservative Commentator in a Liberal Media and Academic World,” Eastern Communication Association Convention, 2003
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Security vs. Freedom; Some — but not much — Rhetorical Mutual Exclusivity,” Eastern Communication Association Convention, 2003
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Conceptual Ambiguity in OBRA ’93,” Eastern Communication Association Convention, 2003
        • Elected Senator to NCA Legislative Assembly 2002-2005; 2008-2011
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Rhetorical Changes in Diagnoses and Treatment of ADD/ADHD,” Eastern Communication Association, Spring 2004
        • Richard E. Vatz, The Rhetorical Challenges of Democratic Presidential Primaries, Eastern Communication Association, 2004
        • Richard E. Vatz, The Politics of Rhetorical Commentary, National Communication Association, Fall, 2003
        • Richard E. Vatz, Chair, Rhetorical and Political Media Commentary, National Communication Association, Fall 2003
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Rhetorical Changes in Diagnoses and Treatment of ADD/ADHD,” Eastern Communication Association, Spring 2004
        • Richard E. Vatz, The Rhetorical Challenges of Democratic Presidential Primaries, Eastern Communication Association, Spring, 2004
        • Richard E. Vatz, Bush’s War on Terror: Lessons to Be Learned after Three Years, National Communication Association (Fall, 2004)
        • Richard E. Vatz, Re-Imaginations of the Rhetorical Situation in a Mass Mediated Age. National Communication Association (respondent, Fall, 2004)
        • Richard E. Vatz, Rhetoric and Psychiatry: Rhetoric and Persuasion Issues, National Communication Association ( Fall, 2004)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Media Commentary on the Governor Ehrlich vs. Baltimore Sun Controversy: Participant as Observer,” Eastern Communication Convention, Spring 2005
        • Richard E. Vatz, The Rhetoric of Psychiatry: Persuasion and Communication Issues, National Communication Association Seminar (Fall, 2005)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Assessing the Health of Academic Freedom: The Academic Bill of Rights Movement,” National Communication Association Convention (Fall, 2005)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Teaching Fellows Committee Meeting” for winners of Teaching Fellows Award, Eastern Communication Association Meeting, Spring, 2006
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Doling Out the Rice: The Republicans Rich Array of Female Presidential Talent,” Eastern Communication Association Meeting, Spring, 2006
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Erstwhile anti-Public Opinion President,” ,” Eastern Communication Association Meeting, Spring, 2006
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Rhetoric of Psychiatry: Persuasion and Communication Issues,” Preconvention Seminar Organizer and Presenter, National Communication Association Convention (accepted, Fall, 2006)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Challenges in Political Media Commentary,” Panel organizer and presenter, National Communication Association Convention (accepted, Fall, 2006)
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Media and Political Rhetoric” Panel organizer and presenter, Eastern Communication Association Convention, Spring, 2007
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Teaching Fellow Award Committee, Eastern Communication Association Convention, Spring, 2007
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Political Responsibilities of Professor in Class,” Panelist, Eastern Communication Association Convention, Spring, 2007
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Rhetorical Challenges and Election 2008,” Panel organizer and presenter, National Communication Association Convention, Fall 2007
        • Richard E. Vatz, Respondent, “Perspectives on Foreign Policy and Candidate Evaluations, Eastern Communication Association Convention, Spring, 2008
        • Richard E. Vatz, Panelist, “Making a Difference in the Next Four Years: A Roundtable Discussion of the 2008 Election,” Eastern Communication Association Convention, Spring, 2008
        • Richard E. Vatz, “A Rhetoric and Psychiatry: A Szaszian Perspective on a Political Case Study,” Eastern Communication Association Convention, Spring, 2008
        • Richard E. Vatz, Panelist, “Was There a Pitt Tradition in Rhetoric,” Eastern Communication Association Convention, Spring, 2008
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Argumentation and Politics,: Making a Difference Everywhere,” Eastern Communication Association Convention, Spring, 2008
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Rhetoric and Psychiatry,” Seminar organizer and presenter, National Communication Association Convention, Fall 2008
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Pre-Conference Seminar: Rhetorical Evolution and Possible Revolution in Psychiatry,” National Communication Association Convention 2008
        • Richard E. Vatz, Discussant, “Social Movements, Rhetorical Situations, and the Enduring Salience of the Bitzer-Vatz Exchange,” National Communication Association Convention 2008
        • Richard E. Vatz, “William F. Buckley’s Rhetorical Legacy: An UNconventionAL Communicator,” National Communication Association Convention 2008
        • The Unprecedented Rhetorical Challenges Commentary on a Nearly Unprecedented Presidential Election Year, Eastern Communication Association Convention, 2009
        • Richard E. Vatz, The Obama and Republican Opposition Rhetorical Watch: Year One, Chair and presenter, National Communication Association Convention, Fall, 2009
        • Richard E. Vatz, Chair, Whither Ideological Diversity in the NCA, National Communication Association Convention, Fall, 2009
        • Richard E. Vatz, The Maryland Governors: Rhetorically Considerer,” ECA Convention, April, 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Debate Goes On: Charting the Course toward a More Civil Society,” ECA Convention, April, 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz, “President Obama’s Ethos in Relation to His Agenda and Spin: Presidential Popularity Cannot Long Withstand Overwhelming Policy Opposition” ECA Convention, April, 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Political Communication Meets Maryland Politics; A Tribute to Ted Sheckels,” ECA Convention, April, 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz, “The Obama Political and Rhetorical Watch: Year Two,” National Communication Association Annual Convention, November 2010
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Politics in the Potomac Region,” Eastern Communication Association Annual Convention, April, 2011
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Presidential Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of the 2010 Congressional Elections,”  Eastern Communication Association Annual Convention, April, 2011
        • Richard E. Vatz, Teaching Fellows Meeting [yearly from election],  Eastern Communication Association Annual Convention, April, 2011
        • Richard E. Vatz, The Diversity Hoax, The American Association of University Professors National Convention, Washington, D.C., June 10, 2011
        • Richard E. Vatz , “The Tucson Shootings: Caused by Political Motives or by Mental Illness?” National Communication Association National Convention, Fall 2011
        • Richard E. Vatz, Panel, “The Conservative Voice and the National Communication Association,” National Communication Association Convention, Fall 2011
        • Richard E. Vatz, “100 Years — Politically Significant Almost Since His Birth, the Influence of Ronald Reagan Abounds, Save the NCA,” National Communication Association Convention, Fall 2011
        • Richard E. Vatz, Ideological Prejudice in the National Communication Association, “Difficult Dialogues,” National Communication Association Convention, Fall, 2011
        • National Communication Association Convention, Fall, 2012:

Richard Vatz, Mass Communication and Communication Studies, honored at the National Communication Association convention for his teaching at a “Teachers on Teaching” session.

      • Also chosen to give a seminar on his book, The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion (Kendall Hunt, 2012). In addition, he had a major panel on the 2012 election accepted to discuss its rhetoric and politics.

Eastern Communication Association Convention in Pittsburgh, April 25-28, 2013: Richard E. Vatz, Chairings: “Presidential Campaign Political Rhetoric and the 2012 Election;” “Confluence and Convergence: Communicating Perspectives on Political Participation;” and “Political Communication in the States: Arguments & Strategies” Richard E. Vatz, Papers: “Does Affirmative Action Find a Manifestation in Obamacare? The Rhetoric and Ethics of the Sandra Fluke Controversy;” “Presidential Debate as Rhetorical Game-Changer;” “Obamacare, Romneycare, and the Rhetorical Legacy of Thomas S. Szasz;” and “Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and the Rhetoric of a  Ham-handed, Sexist and Cowardly attack on Towson University’s President.”

Southern States Communication Association Convention Keynote Address: “Persuasion: a Revolt,” April 12, 20133

      • Richard E. Vatz, “Does Affirmative Action Find a Manifestation in Obamacare? The Rhetoric and Ethics of the Sandra Fluke Controversy, ”Eastern Communication Association annual convention, Spring, 2013
      • Richard E. Vatz, chair and participant: Presidential Campaign Political Rhetoric and the 2012 Election, Eastern Communication Association, Spring, 2013
      • Richard E. Vatz “Obamacare, Romneycare, and the Rhetorical Legacy of Thomas S. Szasz.” Eastern Communication Association, Spring, 2013
      • Richard E. Vatz, Towson University, Political Communication in the States: Arguments & Strategies Eastern Communication Association, Spring, 2013
      • Richard E. Vatz, panel organizer and participant: “The Obama Presidency and Republican Opposition Watch in Year Five: The Rhetoric and Politics of Governing and Forging Foreign Policy, National Communicaton Association, fall, 2013
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Making the Connections with the Capitol Steps.” Vice Presidential Panel, National Communicaton Association, fall, 2013
      • Richard E. Vatz,, “Considerations of the Campaign: Communicative Aspects of the 2012 Presidential Race,” National Communicaton Association, fall, 2013
      • Richard E. Vatz, Elected Legislative Assembly of the National Communication Association – 2013-2016Richard E. Vatz, Elected Legislative Assembly of the National Communication Association – 2013-2016
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Attacks on Academic Freedom Based on Accreditation, Assessment and Syllabus Control, : AAUP National Convention, Washington, D.C., June 14, 2013”
      • Richard E. Vatz, AAUP in Washington, D.C. presentation June, 2013, “”Invasion of the Academic Freedom Snatchers in Higher Education: Accreditation, Assessment, and Control of Course Syllabi.”
      • Richard E. Vatz, National Communication Association Coordinator-participant, November 2013, “The Obama Presidency and Republican Opposition Watch in Year Five: The Rhetoric and Politics of Governing and Forging Foreign Policy”
      • Richard E. Vatz, National Communication Association, November, 2013, invited panelist, “Making the Connections with the Capitol Steps II”
      • Richard E. Vatz, National Communication Association, November, 2013, panel discussion, Considerations of the Campaign: Communicative Aspects of the 2012 Presidential Race
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Attacks on Academic Freedom Based on Accreditation, Assessment and Syllabus Control, AAUP National Convention, Washington, D.C., June 14, 2013
      • Richard E. Vatz, Legislative Assembly of the National Communication Association – 2013-2016
      • Richard E. Vatz, Eastern Communication Association, April, 2014, Seminar: Teaching Persuasion: A Revolt Thursday 9:30–10:45AM Narragansett A
      • Richard E. Vatz, Eastern Communication Association, April, 2014, ECA 2014 PLENARY SESSION | The Integrity of Dissent: A “Lively Experiment” on “The State of Dissent in Our Discipline”
      • Richard E. Vatz, Eastern Communication Association, April, 2014, Ethical Dissent to Persuasion and Propaganda: Critical Responses to the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Healthcare
      • Richard E. Vatz, Eastern Communication Association, April, 2014 “The Second Term Obama Presidency and Republican Opposition Watch: The Rhetoric and Politics of a Lame Duck Versus a Dead Duck
      • Richard E. Vatz, Eastern Communication Association, April, 2014 Resisting the Status Quo: Conversations about Dissent in a Post–Modern Age of Cooperation and Consent
      • Richard E. Vatz, Southern States Communication Association Convention Keynote Address: “Persuasion: a Revolt,” April 12, 2014
      • Richard E. Vatz, Seminar, “The Agenda-Spin Model: a Revolution in Persuasion,” National Communication Association Convention, November, 2014
      • Richard E. Vatz, chair and presenter, “The Obama Presidency and and Republican Opposition Watch in Year Six,” National Communication Association Convention, November, 2014
      • Richard E. Vatz, “President Obama Rheoric and Political Watch in Year 7,” Eastern Communication Association Convention, April 2015
      • Richard E. Vatz, “Trendspotting for 2016; toward a Top Ten List,” Eastern Communication Association Convention, April 2015
      • Richard E. Vatz, “The End of Meritocracy,” Eastern Communication Association Convention, April 2015
      • Richard E. Vatz, Seminal Panel for ECA and Fox Television, “Is Media Coverage of Politics Helping or Hurting Our Democracy?” Eastern Communication Association Convention, April 2015
      • Richard E. Vatz, National Communication Association Convention, Panel head and presenter, “The Obama Presidency and Republican Opposition Watch in Year Seven: The Rhetoric and Politics of Legacy and Groundwork for Election 2016,“ Fall 2015
      • Richard E. Vatz, National Communication Association Convention, subject and respondent, “Roots of Persuasion: Examining Rhetorical Persuasion through the Agenda-Spin Model and the Rhetorical Situation”
      • Richard E. Vatz, Eastern Communication Association Convention Spring, 2016, “The Unique Rhetoric of the 2016 Presidential Campaign”
      • Richard E. Vatz, Eastern Communication Association Convention, Spring, 2016, “Trigger Warning: Trigger Warnings May Compromise University Academic Freedom
      • Richard E. Vatz, Eastern Communication Association Convention Spring, 2016, Towson University, Chair: Baltimore Mayors, Maryland Governors, Successful Communicators
      • Eastern Communication Association 2017
        Chair and Participant: The Obama Watch: Eight Years of Near-Consistent Public Support
        Ethics and Academic Freedom: The Freedom to Be Free From…
        Campaign Ethics and the Race for President: The Freedom to Distract the Public and the Freedom to Be Distracted   1 hour 15 minutes,  8:00 AM –  9:15 AM | Omni Parker House, Longfellow
        There Should Be Yelling: A Respectfully Animated Debate about How the 2016 Presidential Race Impacted Our Democracy  “Affirmative: The 2016 Presidential Election WAS Detrimental to the Health of American Democracy”
      • 2017 National Communication Association (NCA)
        Vatz, Richard E. The Rhetorical Legacy of Our Epistemic Relevance
        Vatz, Richard E. Chair and presenter, “The Trump Watch: Rhetorical Personality and the Presidency”
        Vatz, Richard E. Chair and Presenter, Remembering Trevor Melia, the Finest Professor/Mentor We Have Known
        Vatz, Richard E.  “The First Nine Months of the Trump Administration”
      • Eastern Communication Association 2018
        SECRETS, CHALLENGES, & OPPORTUNITIES IN THE POLITICAL COMMUNICATION CLASSROOMVatz Sponsor of Wine and SpotsTHE LEGACY OF TREVOR MELIA: PanelistRHETORICALLY ACCOMODATING PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:A BRIDGE TOO FAR? Chair and PanelistSCORCHED EARTH POLITICS: INCIVILITY, INCENDIARY SPEECH AND THE END OF DELIBERATION Panelist
      • National Communication Association Annual Meeting November 2017The Rhetorical Legacy of Our Epistemic Relevance ; presenterThe Trump Watch: Rhetorical Personality and the Presidency; Chair and PresenterRemembering Trevor Melia, the Finest Professor/Mentor We Have Known; Chair and PresenterThe First Nine Months of the Trump Administration; Presenter
      • National Communication Association 2018Civility and Knowledge on the Communicative Spectrum of “Seriousness” and “Play”, Presenter
      • PanelVatz, Richard E. “Fake News,” PRSA Conference Baltimore June 12, 20182/27/2017  Voice of America on Donald Trump first Joint Session of Congress Speech
      • National Communication Association, 2020, The 2020 Presidential Election: A Rhetorical Roundtable Political Communication Division
      • National Communication Association, 2020, To Rate or Not to Rate: Student Evaluations in a New Era of Teaching
      • National Communication Association, 2020, Crossing the Road, Effectively and Ethically Communication Ethics Division
      • Eastern Communication Association, 2021, Vatz, Richard E. The “Agenda-Spin” Method in Political Rhetoric D.L. Stephenson, Western Connecticut State University Richard Eugene Vatz, Towson University
      • Eastern Communication Association, 2021, Debate: Debate Proposition: “Resolved: Donald Trump’s Policies in Contrast with the Democratic Platform and Nominees Warranted His Re- Election” Chair: Richard Eugene Vatz, Towson University
      • Eastern Communication Association, 2021, Vatz, Richard E., chair and presenter, The Last Trump Watch?—The Rhetoric of Reelection or Defeat
      • Duquesne Communication Ethics Convention, Vatz, Richard E. The Agenda-Spin Theory: The Ethical Solution to Political Rhetoric Prevailing Bias June 9, 2021
Selected Reviewing – Articles & Books
      • Quarterly Journal of Speech
      • Speech Monographs
      • Journal of Communication
      • Presidential Studies Quarterly
      • Journal of Applied Communication
      • Southern Communication Journal
      • Western Journal of Communication
      • Communication Studies
      • Transaction Publishers
      • Johns Hopkins University Press
Editorships
      • Associate Editor of USA TODAY MAGAZINE 1987 -Present
      • Board of Trustees Member, USA TODAY MAGAZINE, 2001- Present
      • Editorial Board for SOUTHERN COMMUNICATION JOURNAL 1999-2002
      • Editorial Board for QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SPEECH 1999-2002
      • Editorial Board for COMMUNICATION QUARTERLY 2001-2003
      • Associate Editor, COMMUNICATION STUDIES, 2002-2004
      • Editor, Current Psychology, appointed June, 2008 – 2015
      • Reviewing papers for the Eastern Communication Association Convention, 2014
University Committees
      • University Senate 1979 – present
      • 2003-2004 Search committee for Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
      • 2004 Vice President for Student Affairs Search Committee
      • 2003 COFAC Dean Search Committee
      • COFAC Promotion and Tenure Committee (est. 1985-present)
      • Faculty/Staff Campaign
      • Leadership Advisory Committee
      • Maccabi Games: Transportation Committee Volunteer, August 11-15, 2002
      • University Task Force on Structure and Governance
      • Committee to evaluate BA/BS degree requirements
      • Served on Masters in Writing committee
      • Served on GUR Evaluation subcommittee of University Curriculum Committee
      • Served on Search Committee for Dean of Minority Affairs
      • College Promotion and Tenure Committee (current)
      • President’s Strategic Resources Review Committee on Budget
      • President’s Faculty AD HOC Budgetary Committee
      • University Honors Board
      • University Retrenchment Appeals Committee (current, inactive)
      • Fair Practices Committee
      • Commencement Speakers Review Board (current)
Selected Vatz Campus and Off-Campus Lectures and Recent Service
        • Moderated debate for Congressional seat between Dutch Ruppersberger and Jane Brooks, Cockeysville, Md. October 25, 2004
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Political Rhetoric,” speech to Open World Delegates on behalf of the Baltimore County League of Women Voters, November 2004
        • Richard E. Vatz , National interview with Sinclair Broadcasting on Political Rhetoric, February 17, 2005
        • Judged Debate at Randolph-Macon, Spring 2005
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Political Persuasion of the 2004 Presidential Race,” 11th Annual TUSC Staff Development Conference
        • Lunch ‘n’ Listen panel, Towson University Society of Professional Journalists, March 5, 2005
        • Richard E. Vatz, “Public Opinion,” set of interviews with Comcast Television, Spring 2005
        • Richard E. Vatz, CNN Radio interview regarding George Bush’s 2nd Inaugural Address, January 2005
        • Moderator of Debate of Republican Senatorial Hopefuls, Towson University, February 24, 2004
        • “What Makes Professors and Students Succeed at Towson,” Towson Elite Night, April 6, 2004
        • “Media and Political Bias,” William Horne Memorial Lecture, April 19, 2004
        • “Negative Rhetoric in Campaigning,” Beth El Congregation, May 1, 2004
        • Hillel VIP Lecture 2004
        • Keynote Speech, 2003 Induction Ceremony of The Golden Key International Honor Society
        • “Bias in the Media — Pro-left, Pro-right, Non-Existent or Equally Distributed,” TUSC Staff Development Conference, October 30, 2003
        • “Rhetorically Speaking: TU Professor a study in political opinion,” Towson Times cover piece on my media work, November 30, 2005
        • Linda L. Esterson, “The Art of Persuasion Proves Convincing,” The Sunday Sun (largely on my Persuasion class), November 27, 2005
        • Vatz-Sponsored Guest Campus Lectures
        • Spring, 2006 Governor Bob Ehrlich spoke to my class at Towson –part of twice-yearly lecture since 1993
        • Speech at to CCBC Catonsville”Keeping your ethical chin up when it’s exposed by Fragmented Media.” April 9, 2008
        • Speech, “Public Opinion and public opinion polls in the United States,” League of Women Voters, Towson University, 2009
        • Presentation, The New York Times Talk Lunch Series “Major Non-Constituional Factors Affecting Public Policy: Rhetoric and Public Opinion,” September 16, 2009
        • Sundry Campus Speeches
        • September 29, 2005 spoke in Sen. Jim Brochin’s class, “Ideology and Politics”
        • “Plagiarism and Blacklisting,” Society of Professional Journalists, 2006

Speakership , “A Jewish Conservative Viewpoint,” Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, December 9., 2012

      • Richard E. Vatz, Annapolis speech for Division of Innovation & Applied Research, “Political profiles in courage: a history and current application,” to business and political leaders and representatives of Maryland General Assembly
Selected Debates and Speakerships – in conjunction with Student Government Association
      • George McGovern vs. William F. Buckley
      • Sen. Patrick Moynihan vs. Sen. S. I. Hayakawa
      • Eleanor Smeal vs. Judith Lindahl
      • Columnist Richard Cohen
      • Thomas S. Szasz vs. E. Fuller Torrey
Consulting

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
      • “Rhetoric and Mental Illness,” Staff Development Conference, TU Fall, October 8, 1996
      • “Faculty Forum,” AAUP, November 7, 1997 Guest Speaker, “Media Talk Shows: Pervasiveness and Persuasiveness,” Maryland Press Club, April 30, 1998
      • Lecture to African American Employees Association, “Clinton and Racial Issues” 1998
      • Windham Lecture Series in Liberal Arts, Middle Tennessee State University, March 4, 1999
      • Panelist, “Towards Defining an Honors Course, “Lilly Conference, April, 1999
      • Master of Ceremonies for Community Action Dialogue, Montgomery County, September 22, 1998
      • Lecture to African American Employees Association, “Affirmative Action: Pro and Con,” September 28, 1999
      • Lecture to Dulaney High School, philosophy class on “Rhetoric” February 2, 1999
      • Featured Speaker for symposium on Thomas Szasz, “Liberty and/or Psychiatry” 2000
      • “The Principles of Rhetoric as Applied to Psychiatry,” Celebrating Towson 2000
      • Chair and Presenter, Baltimore Public Relations Symposium on the 24-Hour News Cycle and Implications for Public Relations and the Media, April 19, 2002
      • Chair and Presenter, Baltimore Public Relations Symposium on “Who Controls the News,” July 17, 2001
      • Maryland PRSA Conference, October 30, 2002: PR and Persuasion Writing: Persuasive and Compelling Communicating
      • Provided Debate Institute Lecture for debaters from Baltimore city’s Schools, Summer 2002
      • Moderated debate between Dutch Ruppersberger and Helen Bentley for their House race, September 24, 2002
      • Keynote Speech, 2003 Induction Ceremony of The Golden Key International Honor Society
      • “Bias in the Media — Pro-left, Pro-right, Non-Existent or Equally Distributed,” TUSC Staff Development Conference, October 30, 2003
      • “What Makes Professors and Students Succeed at Towson,” Towson Elite Night, April 6, 2004
      • April 19, 2004 speech on “Media and Political Bias” commemorating Bill Horne at Towson
      • May 1, 2004 Speech to Beth El retreat on “Negative Campaigning.”
      • Debate Moderating: Richard E. Vatz moderated a debate on October 25, 2004, between Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger and Mrs. Jane Brooks who are candidates for the 2nd
      • Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives.
      • Featured Speaker, Maryland State Department of Education ( local and retired school system superintendents) on the topic “Getting Along with the Media — Myths and Reality” at their annual retreat in Ocean City on October 28, 2004
      • Hillel VIP Lecture, Fall 2004, Towson University
      • Speech on political Rhetoric at Towson Library “Media in Politics” 2016
      • Redoubtable Dons Oct 21, 2016 “The 2016 Presidential Election: The Hobson’s Choice of Hobson’s Choices “
Professional Association Memberships
      • Speech Communication Association
      • Eastern Communication Association
Selected Media Work – by topic
      • Semi-regular on WBAL on The Jimmy Mathis Show and C-4 Show  Appearances on WJZ-TV, WBFF-TV
      • Appearance on Fox nationally on the Rhetoric of Lying August 24, 2016 with Jeff Barnd
      • 2/27/2017  Voice of America on Donald Trump first Joint Session of Congress Speech
      • Fox News nationally October 17 and 18, 2013 to comment on the politics and rhetoric of the government shutdown.
      • WMAR-TV’s “Square Off” October 20, 2013 to discuss the shutdown and the location of responsibility in the accompanying rhetoric.
      • Jimmy Mathis’s WBAL show October 19, 2013 to discuss Doug Gansler’s entering the Maryland gubernatorial race, his “back seat driving” during drives in his official car, and his nomination of Del. Jolene Ivey for Lieutenant Governor.
      • Fox news nationally Nov. 7-8, 2014 to comment on President Obama’s promises to ensure that nol Americans will lose their health insurance plans or doctors.
      • Fox news locally Nov. 7, 2014 on WBFF to talk about the probable accuracy of the “47 million” alleged to be on food stamps in the United States.
      • Jimmy Mathis’s WBAL show Nov. 9, 2013 as part of a panel with Bryan Sears and Sen. James Brochin to discuss the rhetoric of bullying in the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin controversy
      • Nov. 7 on Marc Steiner WEAA Show to discuss national politics.
      • Analysis in the November, 2013 Baltimore Magazine of the importance of John F. Kennedy’s tenure as president per the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
      • Media Appearances, 2012 General Election: appearances on WBFF; CBS Radio recorded for them to use; WTOP; variety of national media commentaries on election and continuing into 2013.
      • Selected 2008: Media: July, 2008 CBS News commentary on Barack Obama Berlin Speech
      • July, 2008: Leslie Marshall Show — Interview on the “FIT Test” for Negative Campaigning
      • July, 2008: Chip Franklin Show, San Diego on “FIT Test” for Negative Campaigning
      • July, 2008: radio interviews: Connecticut, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, “FIT Test” for Negative CampaigningPresident Bush’s Speech on Impending Confrontation with Iraq
      • ABC Radio News Network on Bush’s Warning Speech at 10:30 a.m. 3/18/03
      • WTOP News on Bush’s Warning Speech, 3/18/03
      • WBAL’s Dave Durian Show on Bush’s Warning Speech 3/18/03
      • WBAL Bruce Elliot Show on Bush’s Warning Speech 3/17/03
      • Commenting on Bush’s speech on impending Iraqi confrontation 3/17/03 on channel 45 at 10.
      • WLC Charlie Michaels interview WLG 3/14/02 on Bush, Iraq, Ehrlich
        Compulsive Gambling
      • Interviewed on WBAL’s Bruce Elliott show (3/1/03)
      • 2/26/03 interview on ch, 54’s “Newsmakers” also on the validity of the concept of “compulsive gambling.”
        Remarks on Powell’s speech at U.N.
      • WBAL Radio (2/5/03) and (2/6/03).
      • WBFF (ch.54) “Newsmakers.”
      • Preview of Powell’s speech at the U.N. for WBAL Radio (2/5/03)
        President Bush’s State of the Union 2003
      • Bruce Elliott WBAL 2/1/03
      • WJZ taped my class and comments on State of Union 1/29/03
      • Steiner Show WYPR 1/29/03
      • CBS Radio 1/28/03
      • ABC: network 1/29/03
      • WTOP in Washington, D.C. (1/28/03 and 1/29/03).
      • WBAL television on State of Union 1/27/03
      • ABC Network 1/28/03
      • WBAL Radio’s “Morning Show” with Dave Durian (1/28/03 and 1/29/03)
      • Marc Steiner Show 1/29/03
      • Ch. 54’s Newsmakers Tuesday (1 /28/03) and ch. 45 at 10
        Trent Lott
      • Interviewed by channel 13 (12/16).
      • Interviewed by WTOP Radio Monday (12/16).
      • W.JZ (ch. 13) Wednesday (12/11)
        Sundry Commentary
      • Sole guest on MPT’s “Direct Connection”; topics were Trent Loft’s majority leader status and Al Gore’s withdrawal from the 2004 presidential race, (12/16/02)
      • WTOP Radio and WBAL Radio 3/10/03 on the Clinton-Dole confrontation on 60 Minutes…
      • Segment 3/10/03 on the ABC Radio Network on the Clinton-Dole duel on 60 Minutes
      • Marc Steiner (3/7/03) discussion Bush and Blix ch. 54’s “Newsmakers” (3/7/03).
      • Segment on WBAL’s “Morning Show” (3/4/03) on the United States’ rhetorical and psychological operations occurring in Iraq
      • Interview with ABC Network News 2/25/03 on Saddam’s proposal in CBS interview for a debate with President Bush.
      • Guest on Marc Steiner’s 10th anniversary show (3/3/03)
      • ABC national radio (12/13/02); WBFF and WBAL radio (12/14/02)
      • Bruce Elliott’s WBAL talk show Saturday discussing the Sun’s coverage of Governor-elect Robert Ehrlich’s relationship, (11/30/02)
      • WBAL from New Orleans, 11/23/02
      • Audio for ch. 45 on the Sun-Fox dispute, (11/21/02)
      • CBS, 1992 Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates
      • CBS, 1993 Presidential Inaugural Commentary
      • CBS, 1996 Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates
      • CBS, 1997 Presidential Inaugural Commentary
      • CBS, 2000 Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates
      • CBS, 2001 Presidential Inaugural Commentary
      • Once-a-week commentary on WBAL Radio — 1994
      • Periodic Guest Analyst on Political Rhetoric and Issues in Psychiatric Persuasion: WBAL-TV, WMAR-TV, WJZ-TV, WBAL RADIO, WJHU Radio
      • Roundtable Discussions: WMAR-TV 1996-1997
      • Interview on WBAL with Bruce Elliott on issue of whether Uday and Qusay’s photographed dead bodies should be publicized, July 26, 2003
Regular Political Commentary
      • Chief Political Commentator for 2002 Gubernatioral Election, WJZ-TV, WNUV
      • Debate Commentary, WJZ-TV, 1984,1988, 1992, 2000
      • Continuous Political Commentary 1984 – Present, WBAL Radio Interviews, Political Rhetoric, Marc Steiner, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Media Work for Elections – 2000 – listed by medium

Radio

      • CBS Nationwide – 10/3; 10/5;10/11;10/17 Appearances & Commentary for all Pres. & VP Debates; 1/18; 1/19 Inaugural Commentary ; included individual bites for CBS affiliates
      • Marc Steiner WJHU – Debates, Pres and V. Pres: 9/29, 10/4, 10/6, 10/12, 10/18, 10/25; 11/6; 11/13; 11/15 Pres. Election and aftermath 11/17; 11/22, 11/25 12/1; 12/8 (1-1/2 hours Steiner hours); 1/4/01 Electoral College; 1/19/01 Bush Inaugural
      • Chip Franklin WBAL – 10/5 VP Debates 11/20 — Pres. Election aftermath
      • WTOP (Washington) – Washington Election & Supreme Court Battles 12/11
      • Bruce Elliott WBAL – 10/7 VP Debates; 10/14 Pres. Debates; 11/25; 1/20/01 Bush Inaugural
      • Bruce Elliott WBAL – 10/7 VP Debates; 10/14 Pres. Debates; 11/25 1/20/01 Bush Inaugural
      • WBAL 10/4 – 3 hours on Dave Durian on going debate commentary 10/10; 10/11 Durian, 10/12 Durian, 10/18 Durian 11/6; 11/7; 11/8; 11/13; 11/16 Morning Show 11/24 Durian, 12/13 Durian, 12/14 Durian 1/20 Bush Inaugural with Alan Walden
      • Metro News 10/11;10/26 Presidential Election 11/20; 12/4 Election Aftermath
      • KNX – Los Angeles 10/3, 10/4 Presidential Election

Television

      • WMAR-TV – 12/14
      • WJZ -TV – 10/6 VP Debates; 10/24 Early News Presidential Debates; 11/6, 11/14 11:00 pm News Presidential Debates; 11/18 Morning & Evening News Election Aftermath; 12/5; 12/8; 12/10; 12/14 Election Aftermath
      • MPT – 11/1 Presidential Election;
      • WNUV – 9/27; 10/18;11/6 Newsmakers
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

RECENT MEDIA (Selected)

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