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Speech & Drama Summary

Friday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Calling Students to Engagement: Intentional Teaching and Learning
Dr. Steven McCornack, Professor of Communication Studies, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL; and Dr. Joseph Ortiz, Professor of Communication Studies, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ

Saturday, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
“A Vitality Plan for Communication Studies Departments”
Theresa Glenn
, Communication Studies Department Chair, Austin Community College


Friday, February 24th, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“Calling Students to Engagement: Intentional Teaching and Learning

Steven McCornack (University of Alabama-Birmingham) and Joseph Ortiz (Scottsdale Community College) have been teaching for over 50 years combined. Throughout that time, Steve and Joe have worked to hone their teaching philosophies to maximize impact from the first day forward. Their teaching philosophies work to embolden students to be engaged and reflective learners in a course that demands mutual accountability and measurable outcomes. They also strive to maximize that impact, by making each and every point of student contact of the utmost quality. Please join us for a discussion about how they created their teaching philosophies and how they work every day to share these teaching philosophies with their students.

Dr. Steven McCornack, Professor of Communication Studies, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL; and Dr. Joseph Ortiz, Professor of Communication Studies, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ

Dr. Steven McCornack, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr.  Steven McCornack is Professor and Basic Course Director in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His scholarly interests include deceptive discourse production and deception detection. Dr. McCornack teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on public speaking, interpersonal communication, relational communication, and language/discourse. He has received several awards for undergraduate teaching excellence, including the Amoco Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, the Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellowship, and the National Communication Association Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education. He is the author of Reflect & Relate and the co-author of Choices & Connections.

Dr. Joseph OrtizDr. Joseph Ortiz has taught for over 30 years, beginning in 1983 at Clovis Community College (NM). He joined the Scottsdale Community College faculty in 1989, where he teaches courses on human communication, interpersonal and small group communication, and digital storytelling. In support of student learning, Dr. Ortiz is heavily involved in the use of classroom assessment tools, service learning, collaborative learning methods, and the use of online technology. A campus leader, he has served as chair of the Fine Arts Division, faculty senate president, and interim Associate Dean of Instruction. Dr. Ortiz is the recipient of peer-nominated outstanding teaching awards at Clovis Community College (formerly Eastern New Mexico University at Clovis) and Scottsdale Community College. Additionally, he has been recognized as a Master Teacher by the National Institute of Staff and Organization Development. Dr. Ortiz holds a BS degree in Speech from Lamar University (TX), an MA in Communication from Eastern New Mexico University, and an Ed D in Higher and Adult Education from Arizona State University. He is the co-author of Choices & Connections.


Saturday, February 25th, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

“A Vitality Plan for Communication Studies Departments”

Numerous changes have occurred within the state of Texas that have affected the demand for communication courses at the high school and college level. Many high schools have eliminated the speech requirement from graduation credentials, while similar events are taking place at the college level. Come learn how one community college is handling the challenge and keeping Communication Studies alive and well on their campus. Attendees will leave the session with fresh and innovative ideas to add to their own department’s Vitality Plan!

Theresa Glenn, Communication Studies Department Chair, Austin Community College

Theresa Glenn, Austin Community CollegeTheresa has been a member of the Austin Community College faculty since the summer of 2001. She brings 23 years of experience in corporate training, human communication, and adult education to the classroom. As a professional trainer and course author she specializes in adapting effective communication skills to the corporate culture. Prior to joining the ACC Communication Studies Department, she worked for the Texas State Auditor’s Office. Ms. Glenn received her undergraduate degrees in Communication and Political Science from East Texas State University and a M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Texas. She received her Human Performance Improvement certification from University of Texas Continuing Education division. She has presented her work to the National State Auditor’s Association, American Red Cross, Leukemia Society of America, Texas Education Agency, DHHS, Office of Inspector General, and other state organizations.

 

 

Speech & Drama Section Co-Chairs:
Debra Harper-LeBlanc, Lone Star College–Greenspoint
and
Darrick Nicholas, Austin Community College