OpEds and Letters

Richard Cherwitz, “Intellectual Entrepreneurship—A Platform for Increasing Productivity in Higher Education,” University Business, December, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Post-election Speeches Help Us Heal” Houston Chronicle, November 21, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Concession Speeches—Important and Necessary Rhetorical Ritual,” Medium, November 19, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Empty Rhetoric—Words without Action Are Hollow,” Dallas Morning News, November 17, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “A Scholar and Citizen Reflects on the 2018 Election,” Des Moines Register, November 16, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Random Musings about the Post-2018 Election State of American Politics,” Medium, November 15, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Observations about the 2018 Election by a Partisan and Communication Scholar,” Medium, November 9, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Positive Notes for Democrats,” Dallas Morning News, November 8, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Trump’s Campaign Rhetoric Perpetuates an Unsustainable Republican Voting Demographic,” USA Today, November 8, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Imagine a Principled Stand,” Dallas Morning News, November 1, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, "Hold Trump Accountable for His Words," San Antonio Express-News, October 29, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “How Trump’s Words Incite Violence,” Medium, October 28, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “So You Want to Be Heard? Exchange Ideas,” Houston Chronicle, October 27, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Words Have Consequences,” Boston Globe, October 26, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Will Trump Ever Learn That His Hateful, Inciting Words Matter?” Los Angeles Times, October 26, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Trump Empowers Voices of Hatred—What Will Voters Say in 2018?” Medium, October 23, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Diversifying Graduate Education through Intellectual Entrepreneurship: What Forty Years Taught Me,” Medium, October 21, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Universities Served Well by ‘Intellectual Entrepreneur’ Mindset,” Austin Business Journal, October 19, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Can We Survive this Incivility,” Dallas Morning News, October 19, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “O’Rourke, Cruz Are Speaking to Two Different Audiences,” USA Today, October 18, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Language is the Key to Understanding the Trump Effect,” Medium, October 15, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “What a Rhetorical Analysis Reveals about Judge Kavanaugh,” San Antonio Express-News, October 3, 2018.

Aaron Barlow, “Stop Disparaging Professors—They Work for a Better America,” Medium, October 2, 2018 [Barlow spotlights UT’s Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) initiative and other efforts by IE founder Cherwitz as a rhetorical scholar to be a public intellectual].

Richard Cherwitz, “The Republican Response to Professor Ford—We All Lost,USA Today, September 28, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “The Burden of Proof in a Supreme Court Nomination,” Dallas Morning News, September 26, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Scholars, Editorials Are Our Civic Obligation,” Texas Tribune, September 20, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Discussion is Essential for Democracy: Our Responsibility Is to Stand Up and Speak Truth to Power,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 18, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Have We Reached the Tipping Point?” USA Today, September 17, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Complacency Will Aid in the Rise of Anti-Semitism and Racial Bias,” San Antonio Express-News, September 14, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Moving Beyond Polarization in Order to Persuade,” Houston Chronicle, September 13, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “All of Us Have a Natural Tendency to Become Rigid,” Austin American-Statesman, September 13, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz and Patrick Beach, “Words Help Reveal Motives for the Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed, Des Moines Register, September 13, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Waiting for Truth to Prevail,” Dallas Morning News, September 12, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Resolving Political Dissonance,” New York Times, September 10, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “2 Shared Nothing in Common,” Dallas Morning News, September 2, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Bring Back the Rule of Law,” Dallas Morning News, August 28, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Americans Must Have the Courage to Protest Trump Often and Loudly," Des Moines Register, August 26, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “As Holocaust Memories Fade, Trump Welcomes Voices of Hatred, Houston Chronicle, August 23, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Trump’s Rhetorical Strategy,” Los Angeles Times, August 23, 2018.

Aaron Barlow, “The Professors,” Houston Chronicle, August 19, 2018 [Barlow documents the contributions of IE founder and director Cherwitz. He uses Cherwitz’ IE initiatives and essays in rhetorical studies as examples of what professors can do in the public sphere as participants in the American experiment—not for any particular political or social cause but as "public intellectuals."].

Richard Cherwitz, “Claims Create Another Distraction,” Dallas Morning News,” August 18, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, Omarosa Stories Not News,Washington Times, August 16, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Trump’s Rhetoric,” San Antonio Express-News, August 15, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “No Moral Victory,” Austin American-Statesman, August 13, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Protectors,” Houston Chronicle, August 11, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “By the Numbers,” Dallas Morning News, August 8, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Fact vs. Opinion,” Washington Times, August 7, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Even When They Misfire, Trump’s Shots at Russia Probe Are Landing", Boston Globe, August 2, 2018

Richard Cherwitz and Stefanie Sanford, “Communication and Knowledge in the 21st Century—Lessons for Higher Education,” University Business, August, 2018 [The authors argue that IE represents one way higher education in the 21st century can prudently balance professional and academic realms.]

Richard Cherwitz, “Too Early to Celebrate,Dallas Morning News, July 31, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Don’t Legitimize North Korea’s Leader,” Dallas Morning News, July 11, 2018
[Versions of this all appeared in the Houston Chronicle and several other newspapers.]

Rick Cherwitz, “North Korea Summit as Public Relations,” New York Times, July 9, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Voting Is a Responsibility,” Dallas Morning News, July 1, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “The Power of Language-in-Use,” Communication Currents, June 26, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz,”Trumpian Language is Strategic Rhetoric,” Houston Chronicle, June 12, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Focus on Why Trump Says What He Says, Not on What,” San Antonio Express-News, June 8, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “How Trump’s Critics Help Him Talk His Way Out of Trouble,” Austin American-Statesman, June 7, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Why Trump's Own Dishonest Words Are His Best Weapon in the Russia Investigation,” Los Angeles Times, June 2, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Trump’s Greatest Impact is Rhetorical — and Insidious,” Boston Globe, May 31, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Why Do So Few Talented Minority Students Pursue Doctorates?,” Dallas Morning News, May 21, 2018. [Cherwitz documents the impact IE has on increasing diversity.]

Rick Cherwitz, “Behavior Doesn’t Negate Truth,” Dallas Morning News, May 1, 2018.

Rick Cherwitz, “Universities Must Engage Society,” Houston Chronicle, May 11, 2018.

Rick Cherwitz, “'Roseanne' Could Defuse Intolerance,” Dallas Morning News, April 4, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “How President Trump Might Respond to Robert Mueller,” Boston Globe, March 26, 2018.

Rick Cherwitz, “McCabe’s Firing—Timing is the Message,” USA Today, March 19, 2018.

Rick Cherwitz, G.O.P. and Russia Inquiry: ‘Party above Principle,’New York Times, March 15, 2018

Rick Cherwitz, “It's Time for Public Universities to Replot Their Course to Better Serve Society,” Austin Business Journal, March 9, 2018.

Rick Cherwitz, “Research Universities Must Strive to Collaborate with Community,” Austin American-Statesman, March 8, 2018

Rick Cherwitz, “Intellectual Entrepreneurship—Engaging Universities with Society,” Dallas Morning News, March 1, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Questioning Judgment” San Francisco Chronicle, February 12, 2018.

Rick Cherwitz, “Has President Trump's attitude rubbed off on Gen. John Kelly?” Los Angeles Times, February 11, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Resist Textbook Autocracy,” Dallas Morning News, February 4, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Trump’s Actions Reveal He’s Hiding Something,” Austin American-Statesman, January 31, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “So What Do You Have to Hide?” New York Times, January 27, 2018

Richard Cherwitz and Stefanie Sanford, “Rhetoric and Knowledge in the 21st Century,” San Antonio Express-News, January 14, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Decency—The Noblest of Virtues,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, January 6, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “End the Turmoil,” San Antonio Express-News, January 4, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “2018 Elections Will Tell the Story,” Dallas Morning News, January 1, 2018

Richard Cherwitz, “Hope for 2018,” Houston Chronicle, January 1, 2018.

Richard Cherwitz, “Trump’s Available Means of Persuasion,” Austin American-Statesman, December 25, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “Trump's Tweets Are All His,” Dallas Morning News, December 10, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “The Sad State of Politics and Morality,” New York Times, December 8, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “The Official Words of the President,” Washington Post, December 6, 2017.

Richard Cherwitz, “Trump’s Tweets are the Official Word of the President,” USA Today, December 5, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “How to Handle Trump’s Tweets,” Los Angeles Times, October 19, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “It’s Time for Republicans To Act,New York Times, October 11, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “Trump’s Deal-making Approach is Predictable,” USA TODAY, September 18, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “Trump is Predictable,” Dallas Morning News, September 18, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, "When Does an Enabler Become an Accomplice?" Austin American-Statesman, August 21, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “Choose Your Words Carefully,” Dallas Morning News, August 20, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “Democrats, Pay Attention,” Dallas Morning News, August 5, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “A Trump Cover-up? Look to the Romans,” Houston Chronicle, August 5, 2017

Rick Cherwitz, “Why Classical Theories of Rhetoric Matter in the Trump Presidency,” Communication Currents, July 25, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “Trump is Sure Talking Like Someone Hiding Something,” San Antonio Express-News, July 30, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “Health Care is a Right,” Boston Globe, July 25, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “What’s Their Vision,” San Antonio Express-News, July 24, 2017.

Richard Cherwitz, “A Different Take on Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 21, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “GOP, Stop Enabling Trump,” Dallas Morning News, July 15, 2017.

Rick Cherwitz, “Campaigner-in-Chief? “, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 4, 2017.

Richard Cherwitz, “Demand the Truth,Dallas Morning News, June 27, 2017

Rick Cherwitz, “What We Don’t Know about Trump—And What We Do,” TribTalks (a publication of the Texas Tribune), June 21, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “Lying President,Dallas Morning News, June 14, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “Language Can Influence How the Nation Views Russia Probes", Austin American-Statesman, June 14, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “Language Can Distort Political Views,” San Antonio Expres-News, June 8, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “The Unintended Consequences of Communication: Some Thoughts about Media Rhetoric Pertaining to Alleged Trump Collusion with Russia,” Communication Currents, June, 2017.

Rick Cherwitz, “University, Community Collaboration Is Critical,” Austin American-Statesman, June 1, 2016

Richard A. Cherwitz, “Congress Enables Trump,” Dallas Morning News, May 22, 2017.

[This commentary was reprinted in the Houston Chronicle and several other newspapers.]

Richard A. Cherwitz, “Calling for the G.O.P to Stand Up to Trump,” New York Times, May 16, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “This President and Justice Department Can’t be Trusted,” Boston Globe, May 11, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “House Republicans Shot Themselves in the Foot,” USA Today, May 8, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “A Vote the House Republicans Will Come to Regret,” Washington Post, May 7, 2017.

Richard A. Cherwitz, “Trump Cannot Be Trusted,” Philadelphia Inquirer, March 23, 2017

Richard A Cherwitz, “Enemy of the People,” Los Angeles Times, February 22, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “Why Trump’s Lies Resonate,” San Antonio Express-News, February 6, 2017

Richard Cherwitz, “Trump’s Words Won't Matter until Painful Results Felt by All,” Austin American-Statesman, February 1, 2017.

Rick Cherwitz, “Trump Must Denounce the Racist Acts Committed in His Name,” Dallas Morning News, December 5, 2016

[This op-ed was reprinted in over a dozen newspapers across the country and internationally.]

Rick Cherwitz, “Dear Mr. Trump — break your silence and denounce prejudice,” Austin American Statesman, November 30, 2016

Rick Cherwitz, "Give Coach Strong a Chance," San Antonio Express-News, October 9, 2015.

Rick Cherwitz, "Give UT Coach Strong a Chance," Austin American-Statesman, October 8, 2015.

Rick Cherwitz, "Strong Needs Time to Improve Longhorns," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, October 6, 2015.

Rick Cherwitz, "A Contract for Academia: Escaping Separate and Unequal Faculty Citizenship," University Business, August, 2015

Richard Cherwitz, "In College Athletics, Fans are in Last Place--UT's Doubling of Season Ticket Prices for Faculty, Staff Shows Profit Motive Has Taken Top Priority," Houston Chronicle, July 8, 2015.

Rick Cherwitz, 'Faculty Contract' Would Aid Teacher, Institution,' Dallas Morning News, June 17, 2015

Rick Cherwitz, "Delete 'University of' and Leave Just 'Texas Longhorns,'" Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 16, 2015.

Rick Cherwitz, "Actions by UT Regents are Damaging School's Reputation: Ongoing President Flap Undermines Educational Mission," Houston Chronicle, March 28, 2013.

Richard Cherwitz, "A Bridge Too Far: This Weeks Controversial Vote By the Regents," ALCALDE, March 22, 2013.

Rick Cherwitz, "Why Intellectual Entrepreneurship Can Increase Diversity," Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, June 25, 2012.

Rick Cherwitz, "Toward Entrepreneurial Universities for the 21st Century," Stanford Social Innovation Review, March 5, 2012.

Rick Cherwitz, "Increasing Diversity through Intellectual Entrepreneurship," Huffington Post, February 28, 2012.

Rick Cherwitz,"Engaged Public Research Universities for the Twenty First Century," The Dallas Morning News, June 16, 2011.

Cherwitz, Rick. "The Challenge of Creating Engaged Public Research Universities," Planning for Higher Education, 38:4 (July-September), 2010, 61-64.

Cherwitz, Rick. "Linking College Academics to Careers," Washington Post, March 3, 2010.<

Cherwitz, Rick. "Creating Engaged Public Research Universities," Huffington Post, February 22, 2010.

Cherwitz, Rick. "Better Way to Tie University to a Real Job" Dallas Morning News, January 28, 2010

Cherwitz, Richard. "From the Student Up: Re-imagining Undergraduate Education through an Experiment in 'Intellectual Entrepreneurship'," University Business, April 2007.

Cherwitz, Richard and Hurtado, Ana Lucia. "Interns as Intellectual Entrepreneurs." Academe, 93:1 (January/February, 2007).

Cherwitz, Richard. "Academic Entrepreneurship." The Daily Texan, August 25, 2006.

Cohen, Phil and Richard Cherwitz. "In Doctoral Education, It's Time for an Overhaul." Austin American-Statesman, January 17, 2006.

Cherwitz, Richard. "Intellectual Entrepreneurship and Diversity." University Business, July 2005.

Cherwitz, Richard. "Intellectual Entrepreneurship Boosts Minority Scholars." Tallahassee Democrat, June 25, 2005.

Cherwitz, Richard. "Citizen Scholars: Research Universities Must Strive for Academic Engagement." The Scientist, 19:1 (January 17, 2005), 10.

Cherwitz, Richard. "Toward an Academically Engaged Academy." Footnotes (American Sociological Association), 32 (September/October, 2004), 16-17.

Cherwitz, Richard. "A Quest to Get Scholars Engaged in Community." The Austin American Statesman, August 16, 2004.

Cherwitz, Richard. "Grad School Diversity is the Next Goal." The San Antonio Express-News, August 12, 2004.

Cherwitz, Richard and Sievers, Julie. "All History is Local: UT Historians Take History Back to Where it Happened." ALCALDE, May/June, 2004.

Cherwitz, Richard. "Rethinking the Whole University." Fort Worth Star-Telegram, April 23, 2004.

Cherwitz, Richard. "Diversity in Graduate Education-Capitalizing on Unintended Consequences." In Focus: The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Spring, 2004.

Cherwitz, Richard. "A Call for Academic and Civic Engagement." ALCALDE, January/February, 2004.

Cherwitz, Richard. "To Diversity and Beyond." Fort Worth Star-Telegram, January 12, 2004.

Cherwitz, Richard. "Universities Must Operate Within Society." The Austin American-Statesman, October 11, 2003.

Cherwitz Richard and Alvarado-Boyd, Susan. "Intellectual Entrepreneurship: Successfully Engaging Hearts, Minds in Graduate Education." Black Issues in Higher Education, October 9, 2003.

Cherwitz, Richard and Alvarado-Boyd, Susan. "Increasing Diversity by Engaging Hearts, Minds." The Austin American-Statesman, September 7, 2003.

Cherwitz, Richard. "The Real Problem with Diversity in Graduate Education." The Austin American-Statesman, July 22, 2003.

Richard Cherwitz, Sarah Rodriguez and Julie Sievers, "Ethical Commitments, Professional Visions, and Intellectual Choices: Students Call for Changes in Graduate Education," Communicator, July, 2003.

Cherwitz, Richard, Rodriguez, Sarah, and Sievers, Julie. "On Stage Among the Trees: Scholars are Changing Research, Lives with Community Collaboration." The Austin American-Statesman, March 16, 2003.

Cherwitz, Richard, Rodriguez, Sarah, and Sievers, Julie. "Making History: 'Citizen-Scholars' Build Bridge Between Yesterday, Today." The Austin American-Statesman, December 30, 2002.

Cherwitz, Richard, Rodriguez, Sarah, and Sievers, Julie. "In UT Program, 'Citizen-Scholars' Put Knowledge to Work." The Austin American-Statesman, December 1, 2002.

Cherwitz, Richard and Sullivan, Teresa. "Postdocs as Intellectual Entrepreneurs." Science's Next Wave, September 13, 2002.

Cherwitz, Richard, Darwin, Thomas and Grund, Laura. "'Citizen Scholars' Taking Action in Aftermath of September 11." ALCALDE, January/February, 2002.

Cherwitz, Richard, Darwin, Thomas and Grund, Laura. "University of Texas Graduate Student 'Citizen-Scholars' Taking Action in Aftermath of September 11." Communicator, (34) December 2001, 2.

Cherwitz, Richard, Darwin, Thomas and Grund, Laura. "Learning to be a 'Citizen-Scholar'." Chronicle of Higher Education, December 3, 2001.

Cherwitz, Richard and Daniel, Sharan. "This Tower Ain't Ivory," On Campus, July 27, 2000.

Cherwitz, Ricahrd and Sanford, Stefanie. "The Technological Revolution and Higher Education." The Austin American-Statesman, September 18, 1999.

Cherwitz, Richard and Sullivan, Terry. "From Preparing Future Faculty to Full Service Professional Development: A Success Story at The University of Texas." Communicator, (32) May 1999. 6.

Cherwitz, Richard and Sanford, Stefanie. "The Impact of Hopwood on Graduate Education - Curse and Blessing?" The Austin American-Statesman, May 24, 1999.

Cherwitz, Richard and Sanford, Stefanie. "UT to the High-Tech Community: Shall we Dance?" The Austin American-Statesman, April 4, 1999.

Cherwitz, Richard and Sanford, Stefanie. "Creating Wisdom from Information." The Austin American-Statesman, January 23, 1999.

Additional public scholarship and articles about higher education written by Dr. Cherwitz appear at: