Carlile named Outstanding Young Speech Teacher

Carlile-Andrea-2Andrea Carlile, instructor for the South Dakota State University Department of Communication Studies and Theatre was named Outstanding Young Speech Teacher at the Speech Communication Association of South Dakota.

The conference was held Sept. 12 in Spearfish.

The award acknowledges excellence in teaching and service by young professionals within the Speech Communication Association of South Dakota. Carlile was recognized for her success coaching the Jackrabbit Forensics team and for her innovative approach to teaching communication courses.

“Andrea’s commitment to teaching and, in particular her devotion and outstanding work as director of forensics have not gone unnoticed,” said Laurie Haleta, head of the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre.

“Last year, she received the national award for Outstanding Young Forensics Educator, and now, our state organization has recognized the impact she has made on our forensics program. In a few short years, Andrea has turned our program around. She is most deserving of the award.”

Carlile received a master’s degree from State in 2009 and worked as a communications consultant in Washington, D.C., before returning to State and becoming the director of forensics. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gustavus Adolphus in 2007.

“I was certainly not expecting to receive such an honor,” said Carlile. “But this award energizes me to continue to invest in my students and give them my best. As a teacher, I continually strive to bring the real world to the classroom and engage students in applying theories and concepts from their texts. My honor is not one in a vacuum; I have a whole department of colleagues who inspire me and push me to be a better educator.”

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