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Ph. D. - Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville

M.A. - English, University of Louisville

B.A. - Literary Studies, Universtiy of Texas at Dallas

Robert Terry, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of English; Director, Professional Communication and Leadership Program Teaching since 2013

Like many Armstrong faculty members, Assistant Professor of English Robert Terry wears two hats. He’s an enthusiastic instructor, as well as the dedicated director of Armstrong’s innovative Professional Communication and Leadership (PCL) graduate program.

“I’m passionate about the PCL program,” Terry says. “This program responds to communication challenges in the 21st-century workplace.”

Designed for both traditional and non-traditional students, the interdisciplinary program appeals to those who seek professional training and education to advance their careers.

With his impressive background, Terry is perfectly suited to direct the program. He earned an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville. Additionally, from 1995 to 2005, he worked in the information technology field, writing a number of technical manuals.

Terry’s real-world experience, coupled with his academic credentials, reinforces his belief in the value of writing in the workplace. One particular aspect of the PCL program that invigorates this popular professor is Armstrong’s diverse student body. 

“The students are all ages and come from all types of industries and businesses,” he explains. "It's an exciting time in class when you see that expertise merging." 

Terry is a strong proponent of interacting with students, refusing to simply stand in front of the classroom and lecture. Rather, he incorporates simulations and builds assignments on one another. As a result, his students give him rave reviews and often write thank-you notes, which he hangs as proud reminders.

“If the brick and mortar classroom is going to continue to have validity it can’t just be an information server site,” he explains. “It has to be about relationships.” 

Among the courses in Armstrong’s PCL curriculum that focus on writing and management are Professional Communication Strategies, Technical Editing and Organizational Communication in Diverse Contexts, which includes theories and principles toward working in ethnically diverse organizations and in international contexts.

Terry’s favorite part about belonging to the Armstrong family is the connection he makes with students on campus and the strong, historic relationship the college has with the city.

“Armstrong is part of Savannah’s intellectual ecosystem,” he says. “Being a part of that is really exciting.”