Scott Jensen | Webster University

Scott Jensen

Scott JensenPosition

Professor; Program Coordinator, Speech Communication Studies, Sports Communication


Communications and Journalism

Home Campus

St. Louis (Webster Groves)

Courses Taught

GNST 1200 Freshman Seminar
MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communication
SPCM 1040 Public Speaking
SPCM 1280 Interpersonal Communication
SPCM 2400 Persuasion
SPCM 3150 Topics in Communication: Family Communication
SPCM 3150 Topics in Communication: Rhetoric of America's Pastime
SPCM 3150 Topics in Communication: Political Argumentation and Debate
SPCM 3500 Presentations for Media Professionals
SPCM 3600 Rhetoric
SPCM 3800 Communication and Diverse Populations
SPCM 4500 Conflict Resolution
SPCM 4600 Communication Theory
SPCT 1800 Sports Communications


MA in Speech Communication, Central Missouri State University; BA in Speech Communication, School of the Ozarks

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La.; Lecturer, University of Missouri-St. Louis


Scott balances his time between the classroom; service to the University, national speech and debate organizations; and to finding quality time with his family.

Scott recently celebrated his 31st year of teaching and coaching debate, and decided to pursue other areas of academic interest. He is a teacher because it affords him the opportunity to also be a student. He is continually amazed at how much he has learned from his classroom and team students.

Scott has held several national and regional forensic and debate leadership positions. He has won national and regional service and teaching awards, including Webster's top teaching award, the William T. Kemper Excellence in Teaching Award.

When not teaching, Scott enjoys time with his wife and forensic/teaching colleague Gina Jensen, as well as his four children. He writes and publishes research dealing with forensic and debate pedagogy, forensic and debate practices, and the rhetoric of baseball.

He and Gina worked together on chapters published in the recently released text, Competition, Community, and Educational Growth: Contemporary Perspectives on Competitive Speech and Debate.The book, edited by Kristopher Copeland and Garett Castleberry, is one of the most comprehensive texts written on the forensics and debate pedagogy and practice. The two were asked to contribute to the text. They co-authored chapter 23, “Telling the Story of Team:  Forensic Program Management That Builds Enduring Identity and Community.” Additionally, Scott contributed chapter 10, “Embracing the Dichotomy: Balancing Competitive and Educational Goals Within Forensic Program Management.” 

Jensen's passion, just behind teaching and family, is baseball and the Chicago Cubs.

Contact Information

Office phone 314-968-7439


Webster Today
Jensens Honored for Contributions to Forensics
Jensen on Debate, Sports, Speech Curricula
Forensics and Debate Team Wins Big at National Tournament
Jensen Receives Norton Lifetime Achievement Award
Forensic and Debate Team Adds More Awards at MAFA Championship Tournament
Forensics and Debate Brings Home Two National Championships
Gorlok Gala Debate Tournament Sees Largest Turnout in 17-Year History
Judges Sought for Gorlok Gala Debate Tournament Jan 23-25
Snapshots: Webster Hosts Study Break Debate Tournament
Jensens Present at Speech and Theatre Association
School of Communications Well Represented at STAM Conference
Forensics and Debate Program Commended for 15 Years of Excellence
Jensens Honored for Forensics/Debate Work at CSCA Convention
Forensics and Debate Hosts Trivia Night March 2
Forensics and Debate Invites You to Be the Judge
Webster Hosts Gorlok Gala Debate Jan. 25-27, Seeking Judges
Sixth Consecutive Win for Webster at Study Break Debate Tournament
Holden Forum Reports Record-Breaking Participation for 2012 Election Season
Forensics and Debate Team Qualifies for Elite AFA Tournament
In the News: Jensen on VP Debate
In the News: KPLR: Jensen, Students Watch Debates
In the News: Jensen on Presidential Debates
Scott and Gina Jensen Recognized at STAM Conference
Forensic and Debate Team to Host Political Panel Discussion
Small Forensic & Debate Team Yields Big Success at Tournament
Forensic and Debate Spring Showcase April 19
Webster Notes: Jensens Honored for Speech and Forensics
Forensics and Debate Places in Top 10 in Nationals
Forensics and Debate Team Shine in State Competition
SOC Focus on Faculty Brown Bag Series: Forgiving and Reconciling: Myths, Truths, and its Power

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School of Communications at National Communication Association Convention
Debate Tournament Attracts Schools from Across the Country

Central States Communication Association Newsletter, Sept. 2014, Vol. 82, Issue 3, p.14 (PDF)

 updated 7/2018