Richard Speaker, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard SpeakerInterim Chairperson
Associate Professor


Office: 342-J Bicentennial Education Center
Phone: 504-280-6605
Fax: 504-280-1120


Educational Background:
Ph. D. (1986), Reading, Language and Literacy Division, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, California
M. A. (1975), Mathematics, University of California, Irvine, California
B. A., honors, (1973), Mathematics and Music, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California
Post Doc. (1997, Summer), Vietnamese Studies, Co-Director Fulbright-Hayes Group Study Faculty Development Seminar in Vietnam, Hanoi, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Post Doc. (1995, Summer), AASCU Fellow in Japanese Studies, Fulbright-Hayes Group Study Faculty Development Seminar in Japan, International University of Japan, Niigata; Waseda University, Tokyo and Notre Dame University, Kyoto, Japan
Post Doc. (1993, Summer), American Association of State Colleges and Universities Fellow in Japanese Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, California

Teaching Credentials:
Community College Mathematics (1975)
Standard Secondary for Mathematics and Music (1976)
Reading Specialist (1984)

Dr. Speaker's major goals in teaching and research are to communicate the complex range of behaviors that can be used effectively in the classroom and to end the idea that there are unstructured classrooms. Classrooms are complex social structures, and managing their complexity is one of the things that teachers do; recognizing the nature of interacting and recursive factors such as tradition, beliefs, climate, institutionality, generativity, personal agendas, and the interplay of personalities requires an envisionment of classrooms as postmodern language settings that both learners and teachers interpret. His research involves work on collection and critical selection as a metaphor for the development of teacher expertise.

External Links

Dr. Speaker's website