BiographyRichard Kallan (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is Professor of Communication at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he previously served as department chair for twenty-five years, 1995-2020. He has taught writing at several colleges, including the University of Southern California (USC Marshall School of Business) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (Writing Program). Over the years, he has instructed courses spanning four disciplines: communication studies, journalism, English, and business.
In addition, Kallan has worked with corporations and government agencies by offering on-site workshops on writing and professional speaking. His clients have included automobile manufacturers; chemical, insurance, railroad, and utility companies; city and county governments; department stores; hospitals; hotels; law firms; and newspapers.
Kallan is the author of Punctuation Revisited: A Strategic Guide for Academics, Wordsmiths, and Obsessive Perfectionists (Routledge, 2020); Renovating Your Writing: Shaping Ideas and Arguments into Clear, Concise and Compelling Messages, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2018); and Armed Gunmen, True Facts, and Other Ridiculous Nonsense: A Compiled Compendium of Repetitive Redundancies (Pantheon Books, 2005). He is the coauthor of How to Take the Fog Out of Business Writing (Dartnell, 1994). He has also published scholarly articles in Communication Monographs, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, and Journal of Popular Culture.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Richard Kallan specializes in the rhetorical study of writers and the practice of writing.