Riché Richardson spent the first 10 years of her career teaching in the department of English at the University of California, Davis and in 2008, joined the faculty at Cornell University’s Africana Studies and Research Center. She is primarily a scholar of literary studies and offers courses in areas such as African American literature, gender studies, black feminism, Southern studies, critical theory, popular culture, and Africana studies. Her undergraduate courses are designed to help students build their skills in speaking, listening, critical thinking, writing, research, close reading and textual analysis while expanding their technological literacies, skills sets that often benefit them as professionals. Her graduate seminars accomplish similar goals while cultivating the development of various professional skills and often unfold as multi-year course sequences. Increasingly, in her teaching, she has worked to design courses that experiment with technology, that draw on multi-media, that meaningfully extend teaching and learning opportunities beyond the classroom, and that promote community engagement. She works constantly to advance her knowledge of pedagogy and has participated in workshops such as the Summer Institute for Teaching and Technology at UC Davis (2006), and the Faculty Institute for Diversity (2014), and the Faculty Institute for Engaged Learning and Teaching at Cornell (2017). Twice she has served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the ASRC (2009-11; 2013-15). She served in the Undergraduate Curriculum Working Group in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell and has served on the advisory board of Cornell's Center for Teaching Excellence. She has benefited from the examples of many great mentors through the years. The syllabi for her undergraduate courses often feature sections on reading and study skills for the subject at hand. The graduate syllabi that she has developed in her career also have a distinctive form and style and are valued by students on their own terms as research and learning tools. These resources are her springboard for a dynamic teaching approach in the classroom. Links to a few are available on this page, including the course sequences that she has developed in African American literature and the related handouts, discussion questions and bibliographies.
Riché Richardson pictured with English Creative Writing faculty at A.D. White House awaiting limo to the reception for the Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison at Cornell President David Skorton's house during her October, 2009 visit to her alma mater.
Riché Richardson pictured with Gerard Aching, department director, and very excited to help welcome Toni Morrison to a luncheon in her honor at the Africana Studies and Research Center during her visit to campus in March, 2013
Toni Morrison pictured with exhibition of Richardson's art quilts put together to help welcome her to the Africana Center in March of 2013, including the art quilt "Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison" made in her honor in 2011 in honor of her 80th birthday.
Parties for The Global South (2008) and African American Literature (2003) Graduate Seminars at University of California, Davis
Highlights from graduation as Dr. Richardson served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Africana Center at Cornell, along with some other students and advisees
Invited keynote speaker Riché Richardson. “Best Practices for Designing a New Course.” University-wide Get Set Teaching Conference. The Center for Teaching Excellence. Cornell University. Ithaca, New York. March 4, 2017.
Cornell Celebrates Toni Morrison. Arts Unplugged. Arts and Sciences, 2020-21
Kathy A. Hovis. “Authors, poets, scholars celebrate Morrison in ‘Bluest Eye’ reading.” Arts and Sciences Communications. August 26, 2020
Riché Richardson, “Teaching Toni Morrison.” The Cornell Daily Sun. August 28, 2019