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Randy Nichols

Associate Professor of Professional Communication

Randy D Nichols PhD

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Randy Nichols has been a member of the Limestone University faculty since 2011. Dr. Nichols teaches Communications, Digital Literacies and Critical Thinking, and serves as chair of the Department of Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Randy was born and raised in the Upstate of South Carolina, and is a graduate of Broome High School in Spartanburg County. Randy earned his degree in Bible and Theology from Southeastern University in Lakeland Florida, and his Master’s Degree in English Literature from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. 
He also holds the PhD in Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design from Clemson University.

In 2007, he began his work in education at Clemson University, teaching Communication and Advanced Composition while completing his doctoral studies. Dr. Nichols worked on a model for critical cultural engagement at Clemson, where he developed a multimodal version of the "Cultural Literacies Across Media" program for students across the globe in 2010 & 2011. (The program was mentioned in the AAH Magazine of Clemson University's College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and in an issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.) His resulting dissertation, "A Rhetorical Approach to Cultural Literacies Across Media," develops a theoretical model for engaging cultural "texts" across various media. At the 2014 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Dr. Nichols presented a "cultural reading" of the 1964 World's Fair exhibit "Carousel of Progress" based on the Stolons approach.

In 2012 and 2013, Dr. Nichols and Limestone colleague Reed Chewning developed The Smartphone Museum at Limestone and installed two iterations of the installation "From Chalkboards to Smartphones." This installation leveraged open source and public domain materials to give students an immersive and interactive meta-learning experience through, and about, digital technologies and education. This innovative, interactive learning space is the model for his students’ current installation at the Cherokee County History and Arts Museum. The students interviewed area individuals who are pieces of “living history” and have made these interviews available to museum visitors via QR codes in the exhibit space. The museum celebrated a grand opening for the “digital layer” in January 2015.

Professional Accomplishments

  • 2014 Fullerton Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2006 TIME Magazine's Person of the Year
  • "Carousel of Progress: The Future Comes to the 1964 World¹s Fair." Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, April 2014, Chicago.
  • "The Smartphone Museum as Exemplar for Student Digital Literacies." Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, March 2013, Washington, D.C.
  • "From Chalkboards to Smartphones: Students and Teachers in the Digital Age." (Multimodal Museo-Gallery Exhibit) Limestone College. (2012)
  • "A Rhetorical Approach to Cultural Literacies Across Media." (Dissertation) ProQuest. (2011)
  • "Panel .22: A Wally Wood Meets Dada Investigation." PRE/TEXT 20.1 (2010)
  • "How Does Your Culture Grow? A New Organic Model for Cultural Inquiry." Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 2011, Atlanta, GA.
  • "Innocents Abroad: Cultural Mediacies in the Study Abroad Experience." Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2010, Louisville, KY.
  • "Rick Rollin': Interrupting the Machinery of the Culture Industry." Carolina Rhetoric Conference, February 2010, North Carolina State University.
  • "Helping Johnny Become Digitally Literate." Pecha Kucha Night ­ Chapter 1, November 2009, Greenville, SC.
  • "Here Be Dragons: Interactive Dark Rides as Compositional Space." Popular Culture Association Conference, April 2009, New Orleans.
  • "Cultural Literacies Across Media." Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference, March 2009, San Francisco.
  • "The Wonderful World of Warcraft." Carolina Rhetoric Conference, February 2009, Clemson University.
  • "Pecha Kucha as Compositional Form and Adobe Presenter as Pedagogical Delivery Technology." Multi-Modal Users Group (MMUG), October 2008, Clemson University.
  • "Creating A User-Experience Through an Interpellation Research Instrument¹ for Giving Websites." (Panel) Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference, April, 2008, in New Orleans.
  • "Donor Wars: An Empirical Study of User Experiences on University Donor Websites." (Panel) Conference on Information Literacy, October 3-4, 2008, Savannah.
  • "Handling Dissonance in Writing Center Sessions." Southeastern Writing Center Association 2007 Conference, February 2007, Nashville, Tennessee.


  • M.A. IN ENGLISH LITERATURE 2006 Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
  • B.A. PASTORAL MINISTRIES 1982 Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL

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