Richard Duncan

Program Manager, University College

Richard Duncan joined the Office of Undergraduate Education in July 2017 after serving as a Community Director in Residence Life, working with the University College program. Prior to his time at AU, Richard held other positions with strong ties to academic learning communities and student success at the University of Kentucky and Clemson University. Richard completed his Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counselor Education (Student Affairs) at Clemson University and his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration at the College of Charleston.


Chuck Cox

Faculty Director, Complex Problems

Chuck Cox joined AU’s faculty in 1998, as part of the Writing Studies Program, where he teaches the full range of first-year writing courses. His writing seminars typically use pop culture to explore interdisciplinary academic work, with such themes as speculative writing, the rhetoric of video games, and the writing ecology of fandoms. These courses reflect his research interests in composition pedagogy, with particular emphasis on information literacy, using theories of play to enhance learning, and the intersections between the popular and the scholarly; he has presented at numerous conferences on such subjects. He earned an MA in Literature, with a concentration in the Teaching of Writing, from American University and a BA in English from Temple University, the latter not far from his Pennsylvania hometown. In addition to his teaching, Chuck recently served as the chair of the Faculty Senate’s Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

Rebecca Comfort

Program Coordinator, University College

Rebecca is from the Lehigh Valley, PA, and graduated from Skidmore College with a double major in French and Mathematics. She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics from American University. Before starting at AU, she worked for 4.5 years at the Alliance française de Washington DC as an administrative assistant and coordinator for French language programs. She enjoys dance, attending concerts, and reading in her spare time.