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Dr. Damien Westfield

Associate Professor of Communication & Leadership Studies
Dr. Damien Westfield

Contact Information:

McNeer Hall, Room 129 
804-862-6100, ext. 9799

Education & Publications:


 Young Harris College, A.S. in Recreation & Leisure (2002); Creighton University, B.A. in Organizational Communication (2004)


 Bellevue University, M.A. in Communications Studies (2007)


 University of Nebraska, Ph.D in Human Sciences with a specialization in Leadership Studies (2010)


 Westfield, D. (2015). The Effects of Participation in Community Service through Intercollegiate Athletics on Servant Leadership Behaviors. International Journal of Sport Studies, 5 (7), 778-790.

Westfield, D. (2015). The Leadership of the West Indies Cricket Board. International Journal of Sport Studies, 5 (5), 526-534.


Dr. Damien Westfield is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Leadership at Richard Bland College. He teaches courses on Public Speaking, Introduction to Human Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Foundations of Leadership. Additionally, he has taught courses on Public Speaking, Introduction to Human Communication, Foundations of Leadership and Leadership Communication at Young Harris College and Truett McConnell University.

His research interests include organizational communication and leadership behavior with an emphasis on higher education institutions. More specifically, he examines if the principles and theories of these foundational courses effectively expose students, especially students of diverse backgrounds, to the principles and practices of positive interpersonal relationships, leadership development, and communication skills to help them compete successfully in modern society.

He also has a passion on research that examines leadership and communication in professional sporting organizations.

Beyond the classroom, Dr. Westfield is an ardent enthusiast of the beautiful game of football, commonly referred to as soccer in the U.S, and all things West Indies cricket. At Richard Bland College, the native of Trinidad and Tobago serves as the Head Men’s Soccer coach, and was voted Region 10 Coach of the Year during the Statesmen’s Conference Tournament Championship in the 2021-22 season.


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