Richard Nordquist

  • Professor of English and rhetoric for 35 years
  • Author of grammar and composition textbooks for university students
  • Director of a university writing center


Richard Nordquist is a former writer for ThoughtCo. He covered grammar for ThoughtCo for 10 years. He is professor emeritus of rhetoric and English at Armstrong State University (now Georgia Southern University) and the author of two grammar and composition textbooks for college freshmen.

Richard has taught English composition, rhetoric, business communication, creative nonfiction, and literature to undergraduate and graduate students. He directed a university writing center, coordinated a large composition program, served as assistant dean of academic services, implemented a distance-learning program, and published numerous books and articles on grammar and rhetoric. He is also a freelance writer, professional editor, and writing consultant and has served as a visiting professor at Tallinn University (Tallinna Ülikool) in Estonia.


Richard Nordquist holds a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York at Geneseo (with a year of study at the University of Nottingham in England), a master's degree in modern English and American literature from the University of Leicester in England, and a doctorate in English and rhetoric from the University of Georgia.


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