Rob Patterson Rob Patterson is an Assistant Professor in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He teaches communication, non-profit, and global citizenship segments in McIntire’s integrated core experience, as well as an upper-division course in public speaking and persuasion. Additionally, Patterson regularly teaches rhetoric and speech seminars in the University Seminars (USEM) program at UVA. Patterson received his BA, as a double major in speech communication and political science, from Texas State University, his MA in communication from the University of Oklahoma, and his PhD in communication studies (rhetoric and culture) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has fourteen years of experience teaching communication coursework at four different universities and several years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, most recently as the Associate Executive Director/Chief of Staff for a national higher education accrediting agency in Washington, DC. In this latter role, he worked on a number of international projects and traveled abroad. Patterson has published work in rhetorical theory, political communication, and communication pedagogy. He recently had his guide to using presentation software rereleased (Bedford/St. Martin’s). Patterson won a teaching excellence award from the University of Nebraska Alumni Association in 1997 and holds memberships in both the National Communication Association and the Association for Business Communication. He enjoys canoeing, travel, the outdoors, and especially his family life.