SPCM 101 recognized as top basic speech course in the nation

NCA Award Two

The Communication Studies and Theatre Department’s basic communication course, SPCM 101: Fundamentals of Speech was recognized as the 2013 Basic Communication Course Program of Excellence by the Basic Course Division of the National Communication Association in November during its annual convention in Washington D.C.

“The basic course at SDSU is distinctive in that it remains committed to the foundational elements of rhetorical traditional while enhancing the course with a pedagogy enriched with technology and student-centered modes of instruction,” according to Joshua Westwick, assistant professor and course director. “This is the top honor awarded by NCA, and is testament to the quality and strength of our program .”

The award recognizes distinctive excellence of basic course programs and identifies programs to serve as best practice models for other programs across the country. The selection process is highly competitive and evaluates basic communication courses from many academic institutions. The division confers only one Program of Excellence recognition per year.

“Making this course accessible has been a high priority for the department, and as such, the faculty has been responsive to new delivery methods,” said Provost Laurie Nichols. “Today students can take the course face-to-face on our campus, at attendance centers in Sioux Falls or Pierre, or fully on-line as an internet-delivered course. Especially impressive to me has been the commitment of speech faculty members who have developed outstanding Internet courses using cutting-edge and highly interactive pedagogies.”

NCA is a not-for-profit membership-based scholarly society that enables and supports the professional interests in research and teaching for communication scholars, teachers and practitioners. It has a membership of more than 7,000, representing all 50 states and 20 foreign countries.

1 Comment

  1. Congratulations! South Dakota State University has had a decades’-old tradition of providing excellent instruction in public speaking and related speech courses.

    You are carrying the banner well!

    Jim Lohr, MA in Speech, SDSU, ’68
    PhD in Speech, University of Nebraska, ’72
    CD Developer, Building Confidence for Speeches and Talks!

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