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Communications Faculty

Dr. Jeffery GentryDr. Jeffery Gentry

Department Head and Professor
Baird Hall, Room 221B
918-343-7742
jgentry@rsu.edu

 

 

 

Education

  • Ph.D., Communication
    University of Oklahoma, Norman
    Dissertation: Questions to the First Minister of Scotland
    2003
  • M.A., Speech Communication
    Colorado State University, Fort Collins
    Thesis: Regional Variation in Communication Apprehension: A Study of the Rocky Mountain West.
    1998
  • B.A., Communication Arts
    (High Honors)
    Eastern Montana College, Billings
    1986

Professional Experience

  • 2013-Present: Department Head and Professor
    2010-2014: Greg Kunz Endowed Chair in Communications
    2008-2010: Acting Department Head, Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice
    2007-Present: Communications Department
    2004-Present: Professor (full-time, tenure granted in 2008; promotion to the rank of professor in 2010)
    2004-2007: Department Head of Communications and Fine Arts
    Rogers State University, Claremore, Oklahoma
    Courses taught: speech communication, interpersonal communications (on-ground and online), argumentation & persuasion, communications theory, communication in organizations, small group discussion (on-ground & online), corporate communications internship, mass media communication, senior capstone. Administrative duties: head the Department of Communications (since 2007), including administrative oversight of KRSC-FM and RSU Theatre.
  • 1991-2004: Language Arts Department
    1991-2000: Instructor
    2000-2004: Assistant Professor (tenure granted in 2002)
    Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Oklahoma
    Courses taught: public speaking, intercollegiate forensics, small group communication, persuasion, readers theatre, oral interpretation, argumentation & debate, senior seminar, media production, intro to mass communication, sports broadcasting, communication theory, speech methods for secondary teachers. Administrative duties: coached and directed the speech and debate team.
  • 1990-1991: Instructor (full-time, tenure-track), Department of Speech, Communication and Theatre
    Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas
    Courses taught: public speaking, intercollegiate forensics, argumentation & debate. Administrative duties: coached and directed speech and debate team.
  • 1988-1990: Lecturer (full-time), Department of Speech Communication
    Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
    Courses taught: public speaking & discussion, oral interpretation. I also taught my own sections as a GTA from 1986-1988.

Courses Taught at RSU

As an associate professor of communications and department head since 2004 I have taught the following courses on a 3-3, 2-3, or 2-2 schedule, with the remainder granted as release time to administer the department(s):

  • SPCH 1113 Speech Communication
  • COMM 1123 Interpersonal Communications (also developed online version)
  • COMM 2723 1Small Group Discussion (also developed online version)
  • COMM 3253 Argumentation and Persuasion
  • COMM 3613 Mass Media Communication
  • COMM 3833 1Communications Theory
  • COMM 4223 1Communication in Organizations
  • COMM 4913 Senior Capstone
  • 1 New course I have developed for RSU (i.e., not previously offered)

Student-Focused Scholarly Initiatives

Communications Department field trip to Branson, Missouri, May 2011

  • Conceived, planned, and led student-faculty visit for experiential learning. Customized clinic, backstage tour, and tour of recording and video studio at Mansion Theatre, and tour of KOMC-KRZK Radio. Students met with professional technical director, video producer, audio producer/engineers, stage actor/singer, radio announcer, radio producer.
  • Other RSU participants: Cathy Coomer, Lee Williams, Juliet Evusa, Holly Kruse, Yamile Legarreta , Kaitie Bryan, Danielle Wiley, Rachel Morrison, Dakota Gainer, Ashlee Overton, Kristin Anderson, Cristen Burdell, Heathyr Chenoweth, Jeri Battenfield, Gary Webb, Corey Sturgill, Andrew Nichols.

Inviting all Communications Majors

  • Conceived, helped plan, and funded social-event to build camaraderie among students and faculty, March 31, 2011.
  • Planning committee: Juliet Evusa, Cathy Coomer, Stephani Freeman.

Internship Initiative with Delaware Tribe

  • With Dr. Larry Rice, Bill Beierschmitt, and Frank Elwell, met with Delaware Tribe Chief Paula Pechonick and staff, January, 2011.
  • Ongoing project for RSU student interns to contribute to tribal media products, including the Delaware Indian News.

Independent Studies Directed

  • Ashley Mann-Gonzalez, Corporate Communications Internship, Summer 2011
  • Brandon Irby, Corporate Communications Internship, Spring 2011
  • Kayci Collins, Corporate Communications Internship, Summer 2009
  • Lacy Ragland, Corporate Communications Internship, May Intersession 2009
  • Ann Burney, Corporate Communications Internship, Summer 2007
  • Shakendra Leathers, Corporate Communications Internship, Summer 2007
  • Joshua Ellard, Corporate Communication Internship, Summer 2007
  • Will Bushyhead, Senior Capstone, Fall 2006
  • Kalissa Money, Senior Capstone, Fall 2006
  • Julie LaBarr, Communication in Organizations, Spring 2006

Guest Lectures/Critiques

  • Prior restraint, January-February, 2012: Lectured for two days on censorship-related law to David Blakely's Media Law class.
  • Population disaster, January 2012: Lectured on the competing concerns of overpopulation and demographic winter, including presentation of Gentry's original sustainability grid, to Frank Elwell's Social Systems & Problems class.
  • The great global media debate, Fall 2006, 2010, 2011. Helped design the format and served as guest critic for this debate in Juliet Evusa's global communications class. Students debated whether globalization benefits  freedom of expression, its effect on local media, and whether censorship is justified in times of national crisis.
  • Debate across the ocean: Sharing and comparing advocacy in New Zealand and the United States. Proposal for overseas faculty exchange, including request for a partial maintenance grant to the Fulbright Scholar Program (FSP), U.S. Department of State. Propose to represent the United States as a lecturing/research scholar at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, February-July 2011. References: Tracy Frederick, Southwestern College; Frank Elwell and Juliet Evusa, RSU; and Geoffrey W. Kearsley, University of Otago. Funding was not approved by FSP.
  • Senior capstone presentations, Department of Communications & Fine Arts, Spring 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.  Served on official judging panel to determine annual awards for outstanding and distinguished communications capstones. Genres have included music videos; original screenplays (with sample-scenes produced); commercial, university or non-profit group public relations projects; university-recruiting video/radio advertisements; television sports features; multimedia computer-software programs; outdoor advertising packages, theatrical productions, research projects-papers.
  • Basic content analysis, including an extended example of an original research study on the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict of 2006, to Juliet Evusa's SBS 3013 Research Methods I class, Spring 2007.
  • American College Theatre Festival: Irene Ryan scholarship competition, February 2007. Critiqued dialogue partners Tina Davis and Paul Fisher of RSU, who performed from William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Director: David Blakely, RSU. Also critiqued stage-production cast on voice & diction elements.
  • Basic content analysis, including an extended example of an original research study on the Scottish Parliament, to Sharon Fernlund's Research Methods I class Fall 2004, Fall 2005.

Scholarly Publications & Competitively-Selected Convention Papers

Rogers State University

  • Wellington vs. Westminster: The rhetoric of election-year opposition (with Monique Demarais, 2012 RSU Communications Honors-graduate). Paper submitted to the annual convention of the New Zealand Communication Association, Hamilton, NZ, November 2012.
  • Radical change in faculty and student evaluation: A justifiable heresy? Administrative Issues Journal, 1, 57-64 (2011, February). Paper previously presented at the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Edmond, OK, September 2005.
  • Sustainability: Common ground for environmentalists and social conservatives. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Claremore, OK, September 2010.
  • When Westerners Defend Islam Via Performance Art: The Case of Yusuf Islam. Paper presented at the International Conference on Islam and the Media, Boulder, CO, January 2010.
  • The seven steps of impromptu speech preparation. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Ada, OK, September 2009.
  • Using YouTube: Practical applications for 21st century education. Online Classroom, 6, 1-3 (April 2009). Previous version presented at the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Oklahoma City, September 2007.
  • Applications of communication theory in musical theatre. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Tahlequah, OK, September 2008.
  • The God intrusion: Richard Dawkins and the refutative critique. Paper presented at the International Conference on Media, Spiritualities and Social Change, Boulder, CO, June 2008. Paper included in Conference Proceedings CD, with content-analysis code book.
  • Embracing diversity in higher education: Do we really mean it? Paper presented at the Chair Academy's Annual International Conference, Tucson, AZ, April 2006. Also conducted a 90-minute conference workshop based on the paper.
  • John A. Shields: The spirit of Pi Kappa Delta. The Forensic of Pi Kappa Delta, 90, 27-32 (2005, Summer).
  • The communication of opposition: Debate in the Scottish Parliament (with Misty Williams and Lexi Jones, Southwestern Oklahoma State University). "Top Paper Award" in the Political Communication Interest Group—presented at the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association, Kansas City, MO, April 2005. [CSCA is one of four regional communication associations in the U.S., and is the largest.]
  • Citizen reactions to religion in the 1960 presidential campaign: The rise of the Catholic candidate. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Edmond, OK, September 2004.

Previous to RSU

  • Question time in the British and Scottish parliaments. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Atlanta, GA, November 2001.
  • Readers Theatre: Building a national event. The Forensic of Pi Kappa Delta, 86, 1-10 (2001, Summer). Previous version presented at the biennial convention of Pi Kappa Delta: the national collegiate forensic honorary, Boise, ID, March 2001.
  • Tantalizing enigmas: An ethnography of college theatre. Paper presented at the annual Communication Scholar Conference, Norman, OK, October 2000.
  • Patient revolution: The rhetoric of the Scottish National Party. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association, Detroit, MI, April 2000.
  • Citizen voices in presidential debate reporting (with Ammar Bakkar, Oklahoma University). "Top-Three Paper" in the Political Communication Interest Group—presented at the joint convention of the Central States Communication Association and the Southern States Communication Association, St. Louis, MO, April 1999.
  • But when they shine: Great students in policy debate. The Forensic of Pi Kappa Delta, 85, 1-9 (2000, Winter). Previous version presented at the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association, Chicago, IL, April 1998.
  • Life after debate: Professional debater or public advocate? Rostrum, 71 (5), January 1997, 11-14.
  • Efforts to reform college debate. Journal of Public Advocacy, 1, 26-43, (1996). Previous version presented at the annual convention of the Speech Communication Association (now NCA), New Orleans, LA, November 1994.
  • Robert C. Rowland: Scholar of discord. Paper presented at the Sooner Communication Conference, Norman, OK, March 1996.
  • Performance Readers Theatre: Cultural enrichment for the small town. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association, Oklahoma City, OK, April 1994.

Invited Convention Papers

Rogers State University

  • Analysis and evaluation of the technology, function and role of RSU Radio, October 2007. Research report prepared at the request of RSU's Central Administration, including recommendations on the lifespan and eventual replacement of the KRSC-FM transmitter.
  • Testing claims of media bias against Israel. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN, April 2007.
  • Colin Powell and ethical war making: A reply to Mintz. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Edmond, OK, September 2006.
  • Paternalistic messages in cross-cultural rhetoric: Clinton in Africa. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association, Kansas City, MO, April 2005.

Previous to RSU

  • From debate to poetry: The communication arts continuum. Paper presented at the biennial convention of Pi Kappa Delta: the national collegiate forensic honorary, Baltimore, MD, March 2003.
  • Education and courage: The Future of Pi Kappa Delta. Position paper commissioned by Executive-Secretary Michael Bartanen for the Pi Kappa Delta Constitutional Convention, St. Louis, MO, February 2000.
  • Great gains in the Great Plains: The value of forensic conferences. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, November 1999.
  • Cloning ourselves to death: A plea for real audiences/real forensics. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Speech Communication Association, Chicago, IL, November 1997.
  • Expanding the range of logos in academic debate. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Speech Communication Association, San Diego, CA, November 1996.
  • Lessons in agape: Are we teaching students to be true lovers? (with Sherrie Sharp, Southwestern Oklahoma State University). Paper presented at the annual convention of the Speech Communication Association, San Diego, CA, November 1996.

Editing & Reviewing

Rogers State University

  • Article reviewer, Communication Monographs, Fall 2011. Critiqued "Debates come to the UK: A functional analysis of the 2010 British prime minister election debates" by anonymous in preparation of volume 79 (journal published since 1934). Katherine Miller, editor.
  • "Top-paper" reviewer, Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Fall 2011. Reviewed finalists for award and recommended top overall paper for the association's 82nd anniversary meeting in Oklahoma City.
  • Book reviewer, Pearson, Allyn & Bacon. Reviewed Arguing, Reasoning, & Thinking Well by anonymous in preparation of first edition, Summer 2010.
  • Book reviewer, Bedford-St. Martin's Press. Reviewed 4th edition of Speaker's Guidebook by O'Hair, Stewart & Rubenstein in preparation of next edition, Fall 2009.
  • Respondent/moderator: Papers in communication, annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Ada, OK, September 2009.
  • Respondent: Top student-papers panel, annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Tahlequah, OK, September 2008.
  • Editor: OSTCA Newsletter, a publication of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre & Communication Association, 2006-2007 (four published editions).
  •  Reader/reviewer: Political Communication Interest Group, Central States Communication Association, 2005-2006.

Previous to RSU

  • Editorial Board Member: The Forensic of Pi Kappa Delta, 1998-2001.
  • Reader/reviewer: Political Communication Interest Group, Central States Communication Association, 1998-1999, 1999-2000.
  • Reader/reviewer: OSTCA Student Paper Competition, Fall 2000.
     Editorial Board Member: Journal of Public Advocacy, 1997-98.
  • Editor: Journal of Public Advocacy, 1995-1997.

Conventions & Convention Panels Chaired

Rogers State University

  • Convergence: Education, Technology & Beyond. Annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre & Communication Association, Claremore, September 11, 2010. Conference host. In cooperation with OSTCA Executive Committee and RSU colleagues, coordinated all conference activities, including keynote speaker and luncheon, with OSTCA President Sheryl Lidzy and conference planner Donna Gough. Authored site-host application, with conference awarded to RSU by OSTCA Executive Committee July 8, 2009.
  • Israeli vs. Hezbollah: A rhetorical war on many fronts. Panel assembled for the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN, April 2007. Co-chair: Richard Boyd, RSU.
  •  Approaching Oklahoma's Centennial: Our 77th Year. Joint convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre & Communication Association, Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (Communication Division), and Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association, Oklahoma City, September 2006. Conference planner, according to duties as OSTCA Vice President. Recruited, assembled and assisted faculty and student panels, recruited panel chairs and respondents, hosted pre-conference dinner, and introduced luncheon keynote speaker H. Dan O'Hair—President of the National Communication Association.
  • Faculty papers in communication. Panel assembled and chaired at the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Edmond, OK, September 2005.

Previous to RSU

  • Making theory talk: Pedagogical considerations in forensics. Panel assembled and chaired at the annual convention of Pi Kappa Delta: The national collegiate forensics honorary, Baltimore, MD, March 2003.
  • Political communication across the global society: Snapshots of rhetorical efforts which cross international borders. Panel chaired at the joint convention of the Central States Communication Association and the Southern States Communication Association, St. Louis, MO, April 1999.
  • Accentuate the positive: Idealized visions of forensics performance. Panel assembled and chaired at the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association, Chicago, IL, April 1998.
  • West Region workshop of the National Educational Debate Association. Workshop assembled and chaired at the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Edmond, OK, September 1997.

Media Productions

Rogers State University

  • Secret system: The selection of Oklahoma judges. Sixty-minute public-affairs program broadcast on KRSC-TV on March 22 and 25, 2012. Researched, produced, wrote prepared copy, and hosted panel discussion. Panelists: Judge Dynda Post, Professor Charles Adams, Professor Quentin Taylor.
  • I want answers! Assistant producer for 30-minute game show produced by RSU Public Television. Critiqued show outline proposal by lead-producer John Pruner and participated in strategy meetings during 2010-11. Among many proposed titles for the program, mine was ultimately selected. Serve as assistant producer and judge during live-to-tape broadcasts in 2011-12.
  • Heathcare and the next generation. Sixty-minute public-affairs program broadcast on KRSC-TV on March 24 and 27, 2011. Researched, produced, wrote prepared copy, and hosted panel discussion. Panelists: Dr. Michael Todd, Dr. Sunshine Cowan, Dr. David Blatt.
  • Great moments in baseball history; Great moments in women's sports history. Wrote spots of public interest to air between innings of RSU Baseball and RSU Softball games, KRSC-91.3 FM, Spring 2009, 2010, 2011.
  • 'A' speeches. Executive-produced DVD of eight speeches, informative and persuasive speeches, Fall 2010. Student speakers: Wilson Sprinkles, Austin Kreps, Katie Gray, Gabe Vasquez, Cody Sipes, Brandi Green, Jessica Neeley, Aaron McLaughlin. Contracted with Pearson Education for access on MySpeechKit website, Summer 2012.
  • Oklahoma state questions. Sixty-minute public-affairs program broadcast on KRSC-TV on October 24 and October 30, 2010. Researched, produced, wrote prepared copy, and hosted panel discussion. Panelists: Sen. Randy Brogdan, Mitsuye Conover, Dr. Carolyn Taylor, Wayne Greene.
  • Population disaster. Sixty-minute public-affairs program broadcast on KRSC-TV on May 20 and 23, 2010. Researched, produced, field-produced, wrote prepared copy, and hosted panel discussion. Panelists: Dr. Craig St. John, Oklahoma University; Jennifer Dunford, Dunford Family Ministries, Custer City; Dr. Lanny Endicott, Oral Roberts University; Kristen McCormack, Shikoba Recycling, Tulsa.
  • No debt no sweat seminar, November 2009. Served on committee to bring national-recognized financial advisor Steve Diggs to Tulsa on November 1-2, 2009. Wrote and placed 30-second commercial spot for 26 airings on KXOJ-100.9 FM.
  • My little one: music video production, June 2009. Wrote lyrics and music, shot and edited video. Arranger and pianist: Jennifer Dunford. Uploaded for webcast on <YouTube.com/gentracles>
  • America the ignorant? Sixty-minute public-affairs program broadcast live on KRSC-TV, May 12, 2009 and rebroadcast on May 20, 2009. Researched, produced, field-produced, wrote prepared copy, and hosted panel discussion. Panelists: Dr. Lara Foley, Tulsa University; Derek Sparks, legislative aide to Congresswoman Mary Fallon; Dr. Juliet Evusa, Rogers State University; Dr. Kenneth Hicks, Rogers State University.
  • The truth about political ethics. Sixty-minute public-affairs program broadcast on KRSC-TV, October 16, 2008 and rebroadcast on October 24, 2008. Researched, produced, field-produced, wrote prepared copy, and hosted panel discussion. Panelists: Brad Carson, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses and member of Congress from 2001-2005; Bill LaFortune, administrative law judge and mayor of Tulsa from 2002-2006; Cindy Morrison, reporter and anchor for KTUL News Channel 8; and Wayne Greene, Editorial-page editor for the Tulsa World.
  • Josh Buehler professional-theatre audition, March 2008. Co-produced and shot successful six-minute audition video for RSU senior Josh Buehler for the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, Durant. Buehler appeared in Henry IV and Guys and Dolls in repertory, July 2-20, 2008. Scene partner: Katie Hendrickson; Director/coach: David Blakely. Uploaded for webcast on <YouTube.com/user/1dablak>
  • Love you:  music video production, April 2007. Wrote lyrics and music, performed vocal track, shot and edited video. Arranger and pianist: Jennifer Dunford. Uploaded for webcast on <youtube.com/gentracles>
  • Fresh goes better with Mentos: commercial parody produced and filmed for the RSU Faculty Showcase, November 2007. Actors: Instructor Joseph Cernuto and students Don Horn, Carolina Klamm, and Philip Tallman. Uploaded for webcast on <youtube.com/gentracles>
  • Every moment: music video produced and presented on October 25, 2005 in honor of CFA invited speaker Billy Mills. Vocals by Joy Williams. Written by Jesse Butterworth, Regie Hamm, and Joy Williams. Video co-producers Cathy Coomer and Dale McKinney, featuring RSU student Carolina Klamm.
  • Guest co-host, "Misti in the morning" radio program (with Misti Grannemann), KRSC 91.3 FM, January 12, 2005.

Previous to RSU

  • Keeping the faith: Forensics faces the future. Panelist in spotlight program videotaped for sale by the Central States Communication Association. Panelists "discussed the challenges faced by current forensics professionals in assuring the continued vitality of forensics education." Presented at the joint convention of the Central States Communication Association and the Southern States Communication Association, St. Louis, MO, April 1999.
  • Discussion: The lost event. Oral history videotape presented at the biennial Pi Kappa Delta National Convention and Tournament, Tacoma, Washington, March 1993. Wrote script and directed student actors. This fourteen-minute video won the third-place award in Oral History.

Theatrical & Readers Theatre Productions

Rogers State University

  • Seeker. Wrote book for one-act musical play, adapted songs, wrote one song (music/lyrics), and co-directed faculty performers, March 2008. Songs by Cat Stevens. Also performed the role of Jackson and co-produced performances in poetry and music for this faculty showcase. Fellow directors: Joe Cernuto and Shari Munroe.
  • Quest for the Clio. Co-wrote one-act play, adapted material, and directed faculty performers, November 2006. Also performed the role of Steve Bachman. Co-writers: Mitch Markowitz and Heath Doerr. Also coordinated individual and group faculty performances in poetry and music for this faculty showcase.
  • Siddhartha: A musical readers theatre. Adapted material and directed faculty performers, November 2004. Book by Hermann Hesse; songs by Cat Stevens. Also coordinated individual and group faculty performances in poetry and music for this faculty showcase. 

Previous to RSU

  • Guy Noir: Private eye. Twelfth annual Readers Theatre program, November 2003. Co-wrote, adapted material and directed student performers. Featured author: Garrison Keillor.
  • A little tolerance. Eleventh annual Readers Theatre program, November 2002. Co-wrote, adapted material and directed student performers. Published writers: John P. Gibbons, Malu Halasa, Richard W. Stevenson, David Wild, and Nigel Williamson. Songs by Cat Stevens.
  • The lives of English majors. Tenth annual Readers Theatre program, November 2001. Adapted material and directed student performers. Radio drama by Garrison Keillor. Additional material by Duane Bye.
  • Wonka 2000: The real story. Ninth annual Readers Theatre program, November 2000. Adapted material and directed student performers. Book and screenplay by Roald Dahl. Songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Additional material by Sean Abley.
  • Stories and poems From Central Africa. Eighth annual Readers Theatre program, November 1999. Adapted material and directed student performers. Book by Philip Gourevitch. Poems by Catherine Obianuju Acholonu, Amelia Blossom Pegram, Roland Tombekai Dempster, Gabriel Okara, Matei Markwei.
  • Curmudgeons on parade. Seventh annual Readers Theatre program, December 1998. Co-wrote, adapted material, and directed student performers. Published writer: Jon Winokur.
  • Quest for the Clio. Sixth annual Readers Theatre program, October 1997. Co-wrote, adapted material, and directed student performers. Co-writers: Mitch Markowitz and Heath Doerr.
  • The lighter side of war. Fifth annual Readers Theatre program, April 1997. Co-wrote, adapted material, and directed student performers. Published writers: William Stafford, Randal Jarrel, Ambrose Bierce, and Rudyard Kipling. Other writers: Tim Conard & Todd McClary.
  • Painful adjustments (directed with Sherrie Sharp). Fourth annual Readers Theatre program, November 1995. Co-wrote, adapted material, and directed student performers. Published writers: Anton Chekhov; Judith Viorst; Alfred Yankovic; Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh, & Bob Carroll.

Public-Interst Forums Produced

Rogers State University

  • Oklahoma 23rd House District debate, June 2012. Helped design the format and served as moderator for debate with candidates Shawna Keller (Democrat); Jason Carini, Rob Reck, and Terry Savage (Republicans). Sponsored by Catoosa Chamber of Commerce and Cherokee Nation Businesses.
  • Debatewatch 2008. Co-hosted and facilitated Claremore discussion group sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, October 15, 2008 (with Dr. Kenneth Hicks). Barack Obama and John McCain debated in Hempstead, NY, moderated by Bob Schieffer. Disseminated survey forms to campus and community attendees and facilitated post-debate discussion.
  • Self-empowerment in a rapidly changing world, by CFA invited speaker Billy Mills, October 25, 2005. Duties included 1) proposed program, secured funding and booked speaker, 2) headed publicity and wrote press-release information for Public Relations Department, 3) presented "Running Brave," the major motion picture on Billy Mills' life in the Will Rogers Auditorium, 4) introduced speaker for main event, 5) produced fund-raising luncheon for Native American student scholarships via the Foundation, 6) gave after-dinner speech, "What it takes to be an Olympian," 7 ) helped arrange for speaker to give visit Native American Student Association meeting, present a class lecture in Sharon Fernlund's sociology class, and appear on "Native Air" with Hugh Foley. Fellow invited-speaker committee members: Hugh Foley and Chip Rogers.
  • Faculty versus student debate. Designed the format for debates over student absence policies, quantitative class requirements, and grade inflation; April 14, 2005. Faculty debaters: Nat Hardy, Sue Katz, and Kenneth Hicks. Student debaters Billy Bowers, Lucas DeVore, and David Nichols.
  • Debatewatch 2004. Hosted and facilitated Claremore discussion group sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, October 13, 2004. George W. Bush and John Kerry debated in Tempe, AZ, moderated by Bob Schieffer. Disseminated national survey forms to campus and community attendees, facilitated post-debate discussion, and wrote facilitator's report. Research results sent to national research coordinator Diana Carlin, Lawrence, KS. Nationwide there were 4,800 Debatewatch participants for this debate, viewing from 540 sites.

Previous to RSU

  • Cloning Debate. Designed the format and moderated debate hosted by the Panorama Committee, October 3, 2002. Speakers: Gregory E. Pence, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; Nigel M. de S. Cameron, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and International Advisory Board member for The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. Student assistants: Jessica Oxford and Shane Farmer, Communication Arts.
  • Debatewatch '96. Hosted Weatherford discussion groups sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Bill Clinton and Bob Dole debated in Hartford, CN on October 6, and San Diego, CA on October 16. Campus and community attendees participated in nationwide survey—results sent to national research coordinator Diana Carlin, Lawrence, KS. Discussion facilitator: Sunny Craig, Communication Arts major.
  • Campus debate '96: "Should the personal income tax be abolished?" Produced and hosted this public debate forum, which also served as the West Region All-Star Debate for the National Educational Debate Association, April 1996. Affirmative: Eric Houser, Oklahoma City University, and Lance Leslie, Northern Oklahoma College. Negative: Sarah Johnson, University of South Dakota, and Sunny Craig (Communication Arts major), Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Moderator: Jase Humphrey, double major in Communication Arts and Political Science, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
  • Campus debate '95: "Should assisted suicide be legalized?" Produced and hosted this public debate forum, April 1995. Affirmative: Jennifer Travis, Communication Arts major. Negative: Sunny Craig, Biology major (later Communication Arts). Moderator: Melanie Day, Communication Arts major.

Invited Lectures

  • America the ignorant? and The truth about political ethics. Lectures based on RSU Public Television programs presented to multicultural-class students and senior-government students at Grand Junction High School, Colorado, March 2012.
  • The surprising truth about media bias, April 12, 2007. An Oklahoma Humanities Council lecture for the "Territory Speaker's Program," sponsored by All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK.

Workshop Presentations

Rogers State University

  • Debate topic analysis and coaching, North Oklahoma City Debate Club. Lectured on effective refutation, presented analysis of the season's topic on due-process, and critiqued a practice debate by high school students, October, 2011. Sponsored by Greg Kunz Endowment.
  • The discovery speech: Bringing research home. Presentation made at the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Oklahoma City, OK, September 2011.
  • Overview of Student Code. Forty-five minute presentation for RSU's new faculty orientation, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, August 4, 2009; August 3, 2010.
  • The communication arts continuum. Colloquium presented at the School of Liberal Arts series of the Colloquia for Humanities Research, Stratton Taylor Library, September 28, 2007.
  • Advisement workshop coordinator. Prepared the presentation, "An advisor/advisee agreement" and facilitated presentations by Carole Burrage and Peggy Dugan during RSU's new faculty orientation, August 2004.

Previous to RSU

  • The Readers Theatre script: Do not be intimidated. Presentation (with Misty Williams) for the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Edmond, OK, September 2002.
  • The surprising truth about media bias. Presentation for the SWOSU Media Literacy Workshop, Weatherford, OK, November 2000.
  • Readers Theatre. Presentation made at the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Ada, OK, September 2000.
  • Affirmative topic analysis. Presentation made at the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Ada, OK, September 2000.
  • Experimental forensic events: Readers Theatre. Presentation made at the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, Edmond, OK, September 1999.
  • Corporate emphasis on profit: Affirmative topic analysis. Presentation made at the West Region Workshop of the National Educational Debate Association, Edmond, OK, September 1998.
  • Assessing the educational outcomes of debate participation. Presentation made at the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association, Chicago, IL, April 1998.
  • Adapting to lay judges. Presentation made at the West Region Workshop of the National Educational Debate Association, Edmond, OK, September 1997.
  • Stock issues analysis. Presentation made at the West Region Workshop of the National Education Debate Association, Oklahoma City, OK, January 1997.

General University Service

Rogers State University

  • Member, Task force on faculty-student evaluation systems. Researched and helped draft report with recommendations on use of IDEA Center evaluation instruments, Summer-Fall 2011.
  • Voices of change: Tulsa Leadercast, May 2011. Led RSU Communications Department group to this annual leadership event originating from Atlanta, GA via satellite. Paid for by Kunz endowment training & travel funds.
  • Member, RSU Scholarship Committee, 2009-2010, 2010-11.
  • Registrar search committee. Served on selection committee for RSU Registrar, November-December 2010.
  • Professional Grant Development Workshop. Completed training from the Grant Training Center, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, October 27-29, 2010.
  • Judge for statewide student poster competition, OU-Tulsa Community Engagement Center, October 25, 2010.
  • Strategies for successful online marketing & fundraising. Workshop attended at Tulsa City-County Library, October 19, 2010.
  • Higher Learning Commission and Institutional Accountability Professional Development Program. Completed 3.25 contact hours, RSU, August 5, 2010.
  • Peer faculty observer for Communications instructor Lee Williams 2010-11, Cathy Coomer 2009-09, Juliet Evusa, David Blakely, Lee Williams, 2007-08; and for Spanish instructors Joanne Lalicker, 2004-05, and Guido Arze, 2006-2007.
  • Grant seeking: The basics, July 2010. Tulsa City-County Library workshop presented by Melissa Kash-Holley at Tulsa Central Library. Represented RSU at this continuing education workshop.
  • National Incident Management System, April 2010. Completed introductory course, incident command system for higher education course, initial action incidents course, and national response framework course.
  • Member, search committee for new position in prospective student services, Department of Admissions, 2009-10.
  • Participant, RSU Foundation annual scholarship auction and dinner. Claremore Expo Center, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010.
  • Member, Cultural Subcommittee of RSU's Strategic Planning Committee, Fall 2009.
  • Teaching to promote learning: Survival of the basic course, April 2009. Eastern Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA. Represented RSU at this assessment workshop, with panels on civic engagement, course development, retention and best practices.
  • General-education faculty representative: NLNAC site visit for RSU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), 2009, 2010.
  • School of Liberal Arts Review Committee for the 2007-08 A.A. program reviews (chair). Fellow members Mary Mackie and David Tait.
  • Inviting all communications majors. Co-created and assisted inaugural departmental reception for Communications Department students at the Foundations Gallery, September 25, 2007. Co-chairs: Juliet Evusa and Cathy Coomer.
  • Making a Difference in Student Learning: Assessment as a Core Strategy, July 2007. Higher Learning Commission. National workshop, with Larry Minks, Linda Andrews, and Bert Tollison.
  • Peer faculty observer for Spanish instructors Joanne Lalicker, 2004-05; Guido Arze, 2006-2007; Communications instructors Juliet Evusa, David Blakely, Lee Williams, 2007-08.
  • Oklahoma Adult Degree Completion Program, 2006-07. Participated in statewide conferences on September 21-22 and November 28-29, 2006. With Richard Boyd I created the "Communication Strategies" focus, and with Diana Lurz I contributed to the "Liberal Studies" focus.
  • Official testing proctor for disabled RSU student in Intermediate Algebra, Summer 2006. Instructor: Trish Jones.
  • Researched/proposed future sport for RSU Athletics (cross country), June 2006, at the request of Athletic Director Wren Baker.
  • Served on search committee for Kunz Endowed Chair of Communication, School of Liberal Arts, 2006. Frank Elwell, Chair.
  • Discussion facilitator, Martin Luther King, Jr. Discussion Forum. Stratton Taylor Library, January 19, 2006.
  • Architect Selection Committee, Spring 2005. The committee met several times to screen, interview finalists, and select the architect for a $14.4 million project for building renovations, infrastructure, and a new classroom building.
  • Search committee for criminal justice position, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Fall 2004.

Previous to RSU

  • Faculty University Tenure and Promotion Review Committee, 2003-04
  • Forensics Coach, 1991-2003.
     Faculty Senator, 1999-2002. Represented Language Arts Department
  • Arts & Sciences Enrichment Committee, 2000-2001
  • Student Affairs Committee, 1999-2002
  • Language Arts assessment committee, 1999-2001
  • Assessment committee for the Basic Speech course, 1996-2003. In 1998-99 I coordinated the project, which produced the assessment document and recommendations for future assessment
  • Assessment committee for the Communication Arts major, 1996-2003.
  • School of Education entrance interviews, Fall 1994, Spring 2001, Fall 2002, Spring 2003.

Recruitment of Students

Rogers State University

  • Campus tour of RSU for Teresa Piper and Tulsa Technology Center. Served as host for 30 video-production students from TTC for a comprehensive visit of RSU's campus. Organized event, wrote planning agenda, scheduled tour guides and speakers, Spring 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • Communication consultant, RSU Department of Admissions. Critiqued and coached mock presentations by new recruiters, August 2010, August 2011. Coordinated by Joy Lin Husted.
  • Campus tour of RSU for Beverly Baile, Ed Taylor & Tulsa Community College. Served as host for 15 students and two faculty members from TCC's broadcasting program. Organized event, wrote planning agenda, scheduled tour guides and speakers.
  • Articulation agreement between RSU and Tulsa Community College. Authored draft submitted to Beverly Bailey of TCC for smoother transfer of students from TCC's A.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication for admission into RSU's Communications B.A., option in Radio-Television, May 2010.
  • Annual high school forensics tournament. Serve as site coordinator for the Northeast regional high school speech and debate tournament, which brings several-hundred high school students to the Claremore campus, Spring 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.
  • Saturday freshmen enrollment/advisement clinic participant: Destination RSU, First Choice RSU, RSU Summer Saturday, Early Enrollment Day, and Open House Saturday, 2004-present.
  • Information-table volunteer, prospective students: Oklahoma Music Educators Association convention, Tulsa Convention Center, January 29, 2009.
  • Oklahoma Adult Degree Completion enrollment/advisement clinic participant, March 3, 2007.
  • Oklahoma High School Audition Day, Oklahoma City, February 17, 2007. Coordinated the scheduling and communications for this event on behalf of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre & Communication Association. Auditioned and interviewed senior theatre students with RSU Theatre Director David Blakely.
  • Saturday freshmen enrollment/advisement clinic participant: Destination RSU, First Choice RSU, RSU Summer Saturday, Early Enrollment Day, and Open House Saturday, 2004-present.
     Miss Edmond-Libertyfest and Miss Edmond Libertyfest-Teen scholarship pageants, June 24, 2006. Attended pageants and wrote recruitment letters to participants eligible for RSU's $1500 renewable scholarship.
  • Notes on the value of higher education. Original brief detailing the financial advantages of earning a bachelor's degree. Provided to prospective students since initial draft in Fall 2006. Accompanies the flyer "What Can You Do with a Communication[s] Degree," by the National Communication Association

Previous to RSU

  • General recruitment. As a forensics coach I often spoke with interested high school and transfer students about the team, as well as the Communication Arts major. Several of these students decided to attend the university, competed on the team and/or majored in communication. I also worked with incoming students during freshmen clinic visits.
  • High school forensics tournament. From 1991-2004 I assisted with the annual SWOSU high school forensics tournament. The two-day event brought in more than 100 participants from across Western and Central Oklahoma.
  • Audition Day, 1999. With Scott Crew and Steve Strickler, I participated in high school "Audition Day," Spring 1999, sponsored by the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association. We auditioned and interviewed several potential theatre students at this event in Norman.

Service to the Profession

Rogers State University

  • Advisory Committee Member, EAST Program, Northeast Technology Center, Claremore, OK. Advise the Environmental and Spatial Technology Program. Also critique student presentations and participate in public events. Instructor Brook Easton, 2009-present.
  • Candidate forum, Rogers County Republican Primary, June 2012. Served as format designer and production assistant involving candidates for Sheriff, County Commissioner, County Clerk, and Court Clerk. Dan Schiedel, moderator. Broadcast live on Cox Communications and webcast on RSUPublicTV.org from Baird Performance Studio.
  • Debate-tournament judge, National Forensic League Oklahoma-East District Championships, Tulsa, March 2012.
  • Candidate forums, Republican 2nd Congressional District, January 2012, July 2012. Served as format designer, writer, and production assistant involving Republican candidates for U.S. Congress. Candidates George Faught, Markwayne Mullin, Wayne Pettigrew, Dustin, Rowe, Dwayne Thompson, Dakota Wood. Runoff forum candidates Markwayne Mullin and George Faught. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, moderator. Broadcast live on RSU Public Television and webcast from Baird Performance Studio.
  • Debate-tournament judge, Will Rogers Round Up, Claremore High School, November 2011.
  • Candidate forum, Cherokee Nation, June 2011. Served as production assistant for Principal Chief debate between candidates Chad Smith and Bill John Baker, in addition to other Cherokee candidate debates. Dan Schiedel, moderator. Broadcast live on RSU Public Television and webcast from Baird Performance Studio.
  • Candidate forum, Claremore City Council, March 2011. Served as production assistant for mayoral debate between candidates Flo Guthrie and Mickey Perry, in addition to City Council debates. Dan Schiedel, moderator. Webcast live on RSUPublicTV.org from Baird Performance Studio.
  • Skills-USA Oklahoma State Championship, May 2010. Served as judge for video production contest. Judged documentary and promotional spot categories in secondary and postsecondary student divisions. Tulsa Technology Center, Riverside Campus.
  • Nominations committee, Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, 2007-10 (committee chair 2009-10). Recruit and recommend candidates for the association's officer and committee positions. Personally recruited and recommended Executive Director-elect Lisa Schroeder (2010-2013), Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
    Outside peer evaluator, Louisiana State University-Alexandria, November 2007. At the request of the department chair at LSU-A, I provided a portfolio-review for an assistant professor in communication studies seeking promotion and tenure. Specifically, my review was on the candidate's scholarship/research.
  • Debate-tournament judge, Tulsa Community College's Green Country Swing, October 2007. Judged parliamentary debate rounds at TCC's Northeast Campus. The tournament also used my "General Notes on Judging Debate" and "Individual Event Judging" guidelines
  • Past-President, Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, 2007-08. Attended all meetings, contributed conference panel ideas, mentored President Delma Hall, and served on OSTCA Nominations Committee.
  • President, Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, 2006-2007. Called/conducted meetings, edited newsletter, recruited new schools & members, assisted Executive Committee on constitutional amendments and new bylaws, awarded all-state high school one-act play winners and all-state speech and debate winners, et al.
  • Vice President, Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, 2005-06. Select contributions: Recruited new schools and members, created statewide email distribution list, planned 2006 convention.
  • Second Vice President, Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association, 2004-05. Select contributions: proposed and implemented teleconferencing for Executive Committee meetings, recruited new members.

Previous to RSU

  • Member of the Oklahoma State Regents Faculty Transfer Curriculum Committee, 1997-98, 2001-02 (speech communication area).
  • Member, Great Plains Forensic Conference Tellers Committee and By-laws Committee, 2001-2002.
  • Commissioned contributor, Pi Kappa Delta Constitutional Convention, Spring 2000. National Executive Secretary Michael Bartanen asked me to research and draft proposals for the first overhaul of the Pi Kappa Delta Constitution since its original ratification in 1913. Most notably, I proposed an amendment that students be required to maintain a 2.5 grade average to be eligible to travel to forensic tournaments. The amendment was ratified by the membership in the Fall of 2000. My other successful proposal was the establishment of Readers Theatre as a regular event at Pi Kappa Delta Nationals.
  • Topic Committee member, Great Plains Forensic Conference, Spring 1999. This committee solicits topics from the GPFC membership, narrows the field to three finalists, and tabulates the votes of the membership on the winning topic.
  • Graduate awards coordinator, Great Plains Forensic Conference, 1998-2000. To recognize student academic success, I proposed that the GPFC bestow awards to graduating seniors (and sophomores from two-year schools) at the 1999-championship tournament. The motion carried, and I collected the necessary information and presented these awards at our year-end tournaments in Spring 1999 and 2000. This effort developed into a standing GPFC awards committee.
  • Member, NEDA Committee on Assessment, 1997-98. The Assessment committee prepared documents to measure the educational effectiveness of NEDA debate. Survey results were tabulated and the committee made an oral report to the membership in April 1998.
  • Vice President, National Educational Debate Association, 1994-97. The NEDA Vice President's duties are mainly co-extensive with those of a National Council Member, with a few exceptions: I was elected by the membership of both regions, I would have succeeded the President if he were unable to complete his term, I was required to assist the President in coordinating business meetings, and I was charged to oversee and present special awards at the national tournament.

Communit & Public Service

Rogers State University

  • Manager, Broken Arrow Girls Softball Association, Spring 2012. Managed (head-coached) The Little Jaguars, 4-5 year age group. Assistant coaches Tim Warren and Chris Goines.
  • Participant, Brainiac Brawl. Raised funds for Claremore Public Schools Foundation by participating in quiz competition, February 2012, 2011, 2010. 
  • Guest reader, pre-kindergarten. Read books at Marshall Moore Elementary, Broken Arrow, OK, January 24, 2012 and February 21, 2012.
  • Judge, Poetry Out Loud. Poetry interpretation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Sequoyah High School, Claremore, OK, December 8, 2011.
  • Komen Race for the Cure. Raised funds and walked in annual race to promote breast cancer awareness and research, Tulsa, OK, November 6, 2010.
  • Essay judge: Optimist Club of Claremore. Read, critiqued, and judged essays by junior high and high school students on the subject, "The Internet: Today's evolution or tomorrow's menace" for scholarships including a first prize of $6,000, February 2010.
  • Banner carrier, RSU Centennial Parade, March 25, 2009. With student Chelsea Davis, marched in parade while carrying banner announcing Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Cartwright, parade marshal.
  • Bowl for Kids Sake April 2005, March 2007, and April 2008. Team captain for teams that raised funds for Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Claremore, OK. Teammates (varied by year) Cindy Gentry, David Winter, Denny Schmickle, Brie Schmickle.
  • Merit badge teacher/counselor: Personal fitness. Boy Scouts of America Troop 970, Spring-Summer 2007.
     "Celebrity Reader," Westside Elementary School, December 2006. Read two books for Megan Cernuto's first-grade class.
  • Recruited speakers for Boy Scouts of America Troop 970, "Citizenship and the nation," Spring 2005 and Spring 2006. Speakers Diana Clayton and David Blakely, respectively.
  • Memory Walk 2004: Taking steps to end Alzheimer's. Raised money and walked in this signature event of the Alzheimer's Association, Tulsa, OK October 10, 2004.
Previous to RSU
  • Disaster cleanup volunteer, United Methodist Council on Relief, Cordell, OK, 2001
  • Fun-run director, "Weatherford Warmup" 2-miler, 1996-2002
  • Three-term member of the Board of Directors, Wesley Foundation Student Center, 1994-1997; 1997-2000; 2001-2004.
  • President, Weatherford Running and Biking Club, 1994-2002
  • Host of "A Mile For America" one-mile run to benefit the American Red Cross, 2001

Non-Teaching/Administrative

Rogers State University

  • Head the Department of Communications, 2007-present; acting head of the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice (2008-2010); headed the Department of Communications & Fine Arts, 2004-07. As a department head, my load and duties are described in RSU's Faculty Personnel Policies manual. Representative duties include advising a total of 98 incoming Communications majors and 15 incoming PSCJ-Department majors, oversight of faculty recruitment/development/evaluation (all campuses), department budgeting, curriculum development, class scheduling, program and general-education assessment, capital equipment procurement, department-wide student recruitment/retention/advisement, program review, supervision of faculty-managers of RSU Radio and the RSU Theatre, et al. As CFA department head I also provided budgetary and program oversight to two writing laboratories, the Foundations Gallery, the graphics laboratory, and the RSU Bands program.
  • Select original contributions and innovations made as a department head include (1) modified electronic degree plan to incorporate each student's minor, (2) the successful program option and minor proposals in Communication Arts, (3) assistance with design of full-color Communications major brochure (with RSU Public Information), (4) letter to 140 prospective students, (5) report on KRSC-FM's value to the RSU Mission, (6) commemorative speaking and award-presentations at the year-end SLA honors ceremony, (7) memorandum in support of the successful departmental reorganization, (8) use of systematized faculty schedule requests and fully electronic scheduling of classes, (9) development of the Communications course rotation, (10) expanded use of electronic mail for communication with students, and (11) promotion of departmental events and ceremonies.
  • RSU Academic Council member 2004-present. Present and review curriculum proposals for the university, including Bachelor of Fine Art in Visual Arts, Minor in Native American Studies, and substantive curriculum modifications in the Communications B.A. and Liberal Arts B.A.

Previous to RSU

  • Forensics director and coach, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 1991-2003.
  • In 13 seasons I coached the team at 90 tournaments and logged over 45,000 miles of travel. Duties included (1) coordinated the area tournament calendar; (2) taught students principles of debate, public speaking and oral interpretation; (3) completed travel requests and worked out logistics (motel accommodations, van reservations, cash advances); (4) coached students on competitive techniques before, during and after the tournaments; (5) drove students to and from tournament events; (6) performed all budgeting and record-keeping; (7) served on tournament staff and/or judged competition rounds; (8) compiled records for national qualification eligibility; (9) prepared news releases for public information director, (10) hosted a regional collegiate festival and co-hosted high-school tournaments.
  • Top accomplishments of individual students coached: 1) Sunny Craig, 3-time National Lincoln-Douglas Debate Champion (1995, 1997, 1998); 2) Sasha Blakley, National Discussion Champion and Gold-medalist (1999); 3) Rhonda Combs, National Gold-medalist in Dramatic Interpretation (1999); 4) Interstate Oratorical Qualifiers1: Lorenzo Dunford (1992), Jennifer Travis (1994), Patricia Cook (2000), Misty Williams (2001), Patrick Vandiver (2002).

Individual Professional Awards/Honors

Rogers State University

  • "Josh Lee Service Award," Oklahoma Speech, Theatre, and Communication Association, 2009.
  • "Fred Tewell Outstanding College Communication Educator," Oklahoma Speech, Theatre, and Communication Association, 2006.
  • "Top-Three Paper" award from the Political Communication Interest Group—Central States Communication Association, Spring 2005. Paper: The communication of opposition: Debate in the Scottish Parliament (with Misty Williams and Lexi Jones, Southwestern Oklahoma State University).

Previous to RSU

  • "Coaches Honor Roll: 10 or More Years of Coaching," Pi Kappa Delta. Award presented by National President Scott Jensen at 2001 Convention & Tournament, Boise, ID.
  • "Top-Three Paper" award from the Political Communication Interest Group—Central States Communication Association, Spring 1999. Paper: Citizen voices in presidential debate reporting (with Ammar Bakkar, University of Oklahoma).
  • "West Region Outstanding Director," National Educational Debate Association, 1996. Presented by Dr. Larry Underberg, NEDA Executive Secretary.