Debate & Forensics Professors Present, Win Award at Annual Conference

| September 28, 2011

Webster University was well represented at the 79th annual conference of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri, Sept. 22-24, at Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. The association unites over 200 speech and theatre educators, practitioners and prospective educators from throughout Missouri for over 40 workshops, papers and presentations.

Gina Jensen, adjunct professor of Communication and assistant director of Forensics, revealed volume 41 of The Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri, the refereed journal she edits as the association’s director of publications.

Scott Jensen, professor of Speech Communication Studies and director of Forensics, who serves as serves as executive secretary for the association, coordinated registration and assisted with conference logistics.

Both Jensens presented a paper/program, Reality Televsion…Real? Exploring the Integration of Reality Television as a Communication and Performance Teaching Tool, which was awarded Showcase status and nominated for presentation at a regional conference in Cleveland this April. Scott presented a second paper/program, Friending, Teaching, and Connecting: Examining Implications and Strategies for Integrating Social Media into the Communication Classroom.

Melissa Joy Benton-Hopper, adjunct professor of Communication, presented a program, Valuing the  Communications and Theatre Professional. In addition, she was awarded the Board of Governors’ Outstanding New Teacher Award at Friday night’s awards banquet and is one of four newly elected representatives to the association’s Board of Governors.

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