Communication Studies Faculty
Heather's love of public speaking and argumentation started with a debate class in high school in her hometown of North Platte, Nebraska. She competed in Forensics for 8 years, at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, making it to quarter-finals in Poetry at the AFA national tournament in 1996 and semi-finals in dramatic interpretation in 1997.
She then moved to Boston where she coached the forensics team as a graduate student at Suffolk University. After joining the Emerson faculty in 2004, Heather rejuvenated Emerson's Forensics Team and became its new Director. In the Spring of 2008, the team took 2nd place at the New England Regional Championship Tournament. At the NFA National Championship Tournament in Nashville, TN, one of Emerson's eight qualifying students placed 6th in After Dinner Speaking. Heather has also worked as a consultant in public speaking and presentational skills. She is currently pursuing a Psy.D. in Psychology.
Fundamentals of Speech Communication (CC100)
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Communication studies dept. news
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Dr. Richard West learned that his co-edited anthology ("Sourcebook of Family Communication"/Sage Publications) was selected as the Outstanding Book for the Family Communication Division. The Division, one of the largest units in the National Communication Association (NCA), selects a book each year that represents "exemplary scholarship" as it relates to the family and all of its various issues, themes, and challenges. The award will be presented at NCA"s annual convention in Washington D.C. in November. The book is co-edited with Lynn Turner (Marquette University), who, like West, is a past President of NCA.