Faculty Profile for Ryan Glenn McPherson
Ryan Glenn McPherson
Lecturer — Department of Communication Studies
phone: (512) 245-2165
Biography and EducationRyan McPherson serves as an Adjunct Fall Faculty for Texas State University-San Marcos, Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and Founder and CEO of Storytelling Movement. Ryan is a Curious Creative Catalyst and Communication Consultant helping people tell more persuasive stories.
Ryan is an ACUE Teaching Fellow, Adobe Creative Campus Faculty Fellow, and Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. He has designed and delivered over 18 university communication courses since 2004 for over 10,000 people. He has improved over 20,000 presentations. Ryan is the Founder and Chair of the UTSA StorySLAM! presentational speaking competition.
Earned 4 UTSA Library OER Grant Teaching Awards; Designed over 5 OER courses; Delivered 6 OER Courses; Edited 2 OER texts; Saved students over $100,000 in textbook costs each year.
Created and delivered over 18 distinct university courses (16 online) and more than 658 semester credit hours for over 10,000 people; Trained and mentored 9 graduate teaching assistants.
Completed over 600 contact hours of intensive professional development opportunities and full courses focused on elevating instruction in higher education.
Named UTSA Digital Champion for the Department of Communication; Inaugural Adobe Creative Cloud Faculty Fellow; Certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer.
Raised scholarship funds, produced, and chaired StorySLAM! at UTSA since 2012; Founded and advised two communication student organizations at UTSA; Chaired various committees.
Received National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) Award for creating peer-reviewed open online university corporate communication course (Created in 2012).
Served as President of local nonprofits; Peer Mentor Team Leader; Created “Friends of Communication” and departmental social media presence; Produced conferences.
Researched and delivered over 35 communication instructional communication presentations, workshops, and modules for internal and external audiences.
M.A., Communication Texas State University-San Marcos
B.A., Communication Texas State University-San Marcos
Certificate in Corporate Communication Training and Development Texas State University-San Marcos
Teaching InterestsTeaching Positions:
2021-Present The University of Texas at San Antonio
Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Communication
2004-Present Texas State University-San Marcos
Adjunct Faculty (Each Fall), Department of Communication
2015-2021 The University of Texas at San Antonio
Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Communication
2012-2015 The University of Texas at San Antonio
Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication
2005-2012 The University of Texas at San Antonio
Lecturer, Department of Communication
2005-2010 The University of Phoenix
2003 Texas State University-San Marcos
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Communication
McPherson, R. G. (2017) Mean John. George West, Texas: George West Storyfest Association.
McPherson, R. G. (2017) The Graveyard Ghost. New Braunfels, Texas: Bluebonnet Storytellers Association and San Antonio Storytellers Association
McPherson, R. G. (2016) Telesik. San Antonio, Texas: San Antonio Storytellers Association.
McPherson, R. G. (2014) Sweet Roland. Denton, Texas: Tejas Storytelling Association.
McPherson, R. G. (2013) Meat of The Tongue. San Antonio, Texas: San Antonio Storytellers Association.
McPherson, R. G. (2013) The Lion Makers: A Tale From Panchatantra in India. San Antonio, Texas, United States: Institute of Texan Cultures / Luminaria San Antonio.
McPherson, R. G. (2012) Truth, Falsehood, Fire and Water: A Traditional Ethiopian Tale. San Antonio, Texas, United States: Institute of Texas Cultures / Luminaria San Antonio
Guest Lectures and Invited Workshop Scholarly Presentations
2021 Student Success Through Campus-Wide Use of Creative Cloud - S286 Abobe Max 2021
2021 Rubrics in Bold Beginnings, Academic Innovation Academy, UTSA Academic Innovation and Faculty Success Teams
2021 Summer Facilitation of Cohort C, Academic Innovation Academy, UTSA Academic Innovation
2021 4 Recorded Module Presentations, Effective Practices in Digital Instruction, UTSA Academic Innovation Academy. UTSA Academic Innovation
2021 Spring Presentation, UTSA Instructional Librarians: Working With Faculty Online
2020 Workshop and Online Module, North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lab, Value Propositions: Initiating Professional Relationships Online Module
2020 Presentation, Creating Connections and Campus-Like Experiences in The Digital Classroom, UTSA Academic Innovation
2020 Workshop and Online Module, Research Poster Presentations, UTSA Graduate School Career Badge Program
2020 Presentation, UTSA QM Invited Presentation: Instructional Materials
2020 Presentation, UTSA Spring 2020 OER Webinar for Faculty, UTSA Libraries
2020 Co-Facilitated Series, Small Teaching Online, UTSA Academic Innovations
2019 Workshop, 2019 UTSA Provost Academy, Principles of Storytelling
2018 Workshop, Tejas Storytelling Conference, Practicing Audience Engagement Strategies for Co-Creative Storytelling or Kindred Reunions
2018 Workshop, North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lab, Persuasive Adaptive Communication Practices
2017 Workshop, North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lab, Quick Pitch Assignment: Next Steps and Presentation
2017 Workshop, UTSA Storytelling Festival, UTSA Department of Education, Audience Participation Storytelling Methods
2016 Workshop, North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lab, Active Persuasive Writing
2016 Workshop, UTSA Storytelling Festival, UTSA Department of Education, Telling Your Story In An Employment Interview
2015 Workshop, North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lab, Persuasive Writing
2014 Workshop, Voto Latino, Y tú quién eres? Sharing the Story of Self
2014 Workshop, Faculty Center, Presentation Skills: Emphasizing Storytelling and Active Learning
2014 Workshop, UTSA Early Childhood Institute, Using Strategies from the Rice Storytelling Project
2014 Invited Panelist, Texas State University, Invited Panelist: Special Panel Honoring Dr. Lee Williams as a part of Texas State University Communication Week
2013 Special Course Development, Developed Professional Development Course: Writing For Mass Media as an Open Educational Resource (OER).
2013 Workshop, UTSA Faculty Center / Teaching and Learning Center, Facilitating Productive Debates as A Method of Deeper Learning: Building Better Student Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, and Teamwork Skills
2013 Workshop, UTSA Faculty Center / Teaching and Learning Center, Presentation Skills: Emphasizing Active Learning and Visual Aids For UTSA TA Orientation
2013 Workshop, Innovations in Online Learning Conference, Saylor University: Bringing Order to Chaos in Open Educational Resources
Innovations in Online Learning Conference
San Antonio, Texas
2013 Workshops, Toastmasters Regional Conference, Advice for Anyone New To Storytelling and Applying Burke’s Pentad To Improve Storytelling
Toastmasters Regional Conference, San Antonio, Texas
2013 Workshop, UTSA Teaching and Learning Center, Conflict Management Strategies For Instructors and Students, UTSA Teaching and Learning Center
2013 Workshop, UTSA Teaching and Learning Center, Communication Strategies, UTSA Teaching and Learning Center
2010 Interpersonal Communication, Come to Class Day, UTSA
2007 Panel, Communication Careers In Higher Education, 19th Annual Communication Week, Texas State University-San Marcos
2005 An Introduction to Rhetoric, Dr. Villigran’s Foundations 3023 Class, UTSA
2004 Workshop, Communicating in Teams, District IV ASAP (Association of Student Advancement Programs) Conference, Texas State University-San Marcos
2004 Panel, The Impact of Argumentativeness and Verbal Aggression on Adolescent Dating Relationships, Eastern Communication Association, Boston, MA
2003 Workshop, Leadership Training, Southwest Leadership Conference, Texas State University-San Marcos