Carl R. Burgchardt has been a faculty member at Colorado State University since 1982. He teaches rhetorical criticism, United States public address, history of rhetorical theory, and film studies. Burgchardt received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published essays in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, the Western Journal of Communication, Communication, Culture & Critique, Studies in European Cinema, the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, and Adaptation. His book Robert M. La Follette, Sr.: The Voice of Conscience won the Outstanding Scholarship Award from the Colorado Speech Communication Association in 1993. He has published five editions of Readings in Rhetorical Criticism (1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2017), a leading textbook in critical methodology. In 2000 the National Speakers Association named Burgchardt “Outstanding Professor.” His work in the Honors Program at Colorado State University earned him the 2001 Outstanding Honors Academic Award in recognition of exceptional advising and mentoring of Honors students. Burgchardt was designated “University Honors Professor of the Year” in 2004, and he won the Willard O. Eddy Teacher Award in 2008. Burgchardt has a special love of Italian culture, and he is currently learning to read and speak the language. In the summer of 2012 he was invited to teach a film class at John Cabot University, Rome, and from 2015-2019, he led Colorado State University students to Italy for a course entitled “Cinematic Rome.”