Derrick R. Rosenior, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
Director, The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies

Vanguard University of Southern California
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: (714) 556-3610 x 2905
Fax: (714) 966-5482


Dr. Derrick R. Rosenior is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies here at Vanguard University.

Dr. Rosenior earned a B.A. degree in Speech Communication from Fairmont State College (now University) in Fairmont, WV and a M.A. in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Central Michigan University. He earned a Ph.D. degree from Howard University in Washington, DC in Rhetoric and Intercultural Communication. His dissertation entitled “Toward Racial Reconciliation: Collective Memory, Myth and Nostalgia in American Pentecostalism” was a rhetorical analysis of the racial reconciliation movement that took place in American Pentecostalism in the mid 1990s.

Dr. Rosenior teaches a variety of courses in the Communication Department here at Vanguard University including such classes as Culture & Rhetoric of Pentecostalism, Intercultural Communication, Interracial Communication, Nonverbal Communication and Communication Theory. He is a member of the National Communication Association and the Society for Pentecostal Studies where he served as the Interest Group Leader for the Religion and Culture Interest Group. He is also a member of the Religious Communication Association where he served as the Chair of its Mediated Division.


Ethnographic Communication Research
Culture & Rhetoric of Pentecostalism
Interracial Communication
History of Communication Studies
Intercultural Communication
Gender Communication
Communication Theory
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Speech Composition/Presentation
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Nonverbal Communication


Rosenior, D. R. (2010). The rhetoric of Pentecostal racial reconciliation: Looking back to move forward. In M. Wilkinson & S. Studebaker (Eds.), The Liberating Spirit: Pentecostals and Social Action in North America.

Rosenior, D. R. (2009). Toward Racial Reconciliation: Collective Memory, Myth and Nostalgia in American Pentecostalism. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller.


Rhetoric, Intercultural Communication and Pentecostalism


Religious Communication Association
Society for Pentecostal Studies
National Communication Association


Spring 2009: “Communicating Pentecost”


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