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Time for Family, Scholarship, Service - Oh, and Forensics

ST. LOUIS (September 20, 2017) – School of Communications Professor Scott Jensen has kept himself busy since he stepped down as coach of the Webster University forensics and debate team. In addition to spending more time with family and bolstering the new BA in Sports Communication, he has dedicated even more time to scholarly writing and service.

Scott Jensen at Podium"A lot of me misses the excitement and challenge of coaching, but I do not regret stepping down," Jensen said. "I can still be part of forensics in a non-coaching, more academic role.

For example, Jensen published an article in a refereed journal over the summer. “Be it resolved that debate is resolute: Deep structures as explanation for predictable cycles in the evolution of intercollegiate debate,” appeared in The Forensic of Pi Kappa Delta. The Forensic is a national refereed journal for forensics, argumentation and advocacy.

He also recently published the article, “From the field to the arena to the classroom and stage: The case for sports in performance and communication pedagogy and instruction,” in the refereed Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri.

Additionally, Jensen wrote two chapters for the book, Competition, Community, and Educational Growth: Contemporary Perspectives on Competitive Speech and Debate, a text edited by K. Copeland and G. Castleberry, on the practice and pedagogy of directing forensics.

One of the chapters Jensen wrote is “Embracing the dichotomy: Balancing competitive and educational goals within forensics program management.”

He co-authored a second chapter with Gina Jensen; “Telling the story of team: Forensic program management that builds enduring identity and community.”

Scott Jensen will present the paper and program, “The challenge of dissention: A rationale and strategies for teaching conflict, forgiveness, and civility in speech and theatre curricula,” at the annual conference of the Speech and Theatre Association (STAM) of Missouri. He has been helping coordinate and plan the conference as well as serving as the executive secretary of STAM of Missouri. The conference will be held September 21-23, 2017 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Lake Ozark, MO.

In addition to writing academic papers and working with STAM, Jensen began a four-year term as editor of The Forensic of Pi Kappa Delta. Closer to home, he has been serving as a member of the St. Louis Urban Debate League board of directors since he was appointed in spring 2017.

"As the editor of a national journal, it lets me be more a part of the scholarly, which challenges me in new ways; it helps me learn from the writing of other people without the time commitment of coaching," Jensen said.

Outside of forensics and debate, Scott Jensen was appointed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to the Fine Arts Learning Standards Workgroup as a parent representative.

Scott Jensen will never be totally away from forensics and debate. He said, 'I am a passionate advocate, and I make the skills part of my teaching."

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Sixteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level as well as six master’s degrees in diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

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With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.