North Central College - Naperville, IL

Richard E. Paine

Richard E. Paine joined the faculty at North Central College in 1983 and quickly advanced the forensics program after his arrival. Under his direction, the College has accumulated more than 2,700 individual awards — including a national champion in 1988 and All-American in 2006 — and has placed among the top 20 schools in the country in the National Forensics Association Championships nearly every year since 1988. Pandian described Paine as “a master teacher who wants to reach every single student.” Paine was awarded North Central’s Clarence F. Dissinger Award for Outstanding Senior Faculty in both 1992 and 2004. He recently served as national chair for the National Forensics Association (NFA) Lincoln-Douglas Debate Committee and is a member of the NFA National Council. He holds a B.A. in speech and theatre from Harding University (1976), an M.A. in interpersonal communication from Western Kentucky University (1979) and a Ph.D. in persuasion theory and intercultural communication from the University of Oklahoma (1989).

2006 Ruge Fellow








Richard Paine, Ph.D.
Professor of Speech Communication/Theatre