Dr. Derrick Rosenior, Ph.D

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” http://www.vanguard.edu/uploadedFiles/Alumni/Magazine/faculty%20profile_spring09.pdf


Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies: http://www.vanguard.edu/LewisWilsonInstitute/tabid/2582/Default.aspx
Religious Communication Association: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/rca/
Society for Pentecostal Studies: http://www.sps-usa.org/
National Communication Association: http://www.natcom.org/