Richard Leo Enos

Professor & Holder of Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric & Composition
Rhetoric and Composition

Phone Number: (817)257-6244
Office Number: Reed Hall 118


Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington. Speech Communication with graduate minors in Classical Studies and Ancient and Medieval History, Doctoral Dissertation, “The Forensic Oratory of Marcus Tullius Cicero: The Development and Application of a Practical Rhetoric.”

M.A. Indiana University, Bloomington. Speech Communication, Master’s Thesis, “A Rhetorical Analysis of Cicero’s Prosecution of Gaius Verres.”

B.A. Cal State-Hayward (now Cal State-East Bay). Speech Communication


Richard Enos teaches a range of courses in rhetoric. His primary emphasis is in the history of rhetoric with a specialization in classical rhetoric. He also teaches rhetorical criticism, propaganda analysis and persuasion, and basic courses in composition. Enos’ research concentration is in classical rhetoric. He studies the relationship between oral and written rhetoric and, correspondingly, the relationship between thought and expression in Antiquity. He is especially interested in discovering and analyzing new primary evidence dealing with ancient rhetoric and, to that end, has done extensive fieldwork in both Greece and Italy.


Roman Rhetoric: Revolution and the Greek Influence 

rev. ed., Parlor Press, 2008

The Rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo

co-ed., Baylor UP, 2008

Greek Rhetoric Before Aristotle

rev. ed., Parlor Press, 2012 


In 1996 Professor Enos was selected to present the Giles Wilkeson Gray Lecture at

Louisiana State University, in 1998 he delivered the Kenneth Holder Memorial

Lecture at Nebraska Wesleyan University, and in 2009 he was named the Nelson

Scholar at Northwestern College (Iowa). He serves on several editorial boards,

and is the Past Chair of the Board of Directors and Past President of The

Rhetoric Society of America. He is the founding Editor of Advances in the History

of Rhetoric (1997-2002), an annual publication of The American Society for the

History of Rhetoric. Professor Enos has served on the Honors and Awards

Committee for the Modern Language Association (1997-2000). He served as the

Chair of the Department of English at Texas Christian University in 2002-2003.

He was selected by The College Board to help design and test both the

curriculum guidelines (middle school through high school) and the reading/writing

components for the 2005 SAT examination. On May 28, 2006, Richard Leo Enos

was presented with the George E. Yoos Distinguished Service Award by the

Rhetoric Society of American and inducted as an RSA Fellow. He currently

serves on the Managing Committee of The American School of Classical Studies

at Athens, and received the 2007 Deans’ Research and Creative Activity

Award from Texas Christian University. In 2008 he was the recipient of “The Chancellor’s

Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar” at TCU and

was named a 2009 Piper Professor for the State of Texas.


Sophomore Composition

Propaganda Analysis and Persuasion


Classical Rhetoric

Rhetoric and Criticism

History of Rhetoric: Medieval to Modern

Seminar in Rhetoric: Propaganda and Rhetorical Argument


Full CV.

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