The Communication Studies department has won the “Model Teaching Program” award sponsored by the Western States Communication Association. Victoria Leonard, the department chair, accepted the award on behalf of the college during the WSCA conference on Feb. 18 to Feb. 20 in Palm Springs. "Our most recent innovation has been to take our existing curricula and expand our methods of delivery to open the door to students who cannot attend regular college classes. Our public speaking course and some of our theory courses have been written in online/hybrid format, in recognition that not every student can attend college in a traditional way,” said Leonard. “In addition, our department operates as a team. Our part-time faculty is an integral part of our success, and I’m proud to work with everyone who contributes to the department. I value the input and hard work of our administrators. Without their support, we would not be able to accomplish what we do." Besides Public Speaking and Theory, other courses include: Essentials of Persuasive Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Communication and Gender, Intercultural Communication, Rhetoric and Contemporary Culture, and Forensics (speech and debate). “I am continually excited by the fact that our program–although not particularly old–is so diverse, rich in curriculum, and advanced in its focus. I am so proud to be a part of the department and our college,” said COC communication instructor Karyl Kicenski. “I have been teaching here part-time since 1994. I became full-time1999. I think the department now has the esteem of the community colleges of the greater western states. This is an award that looks at programs across this span of geography and so I am thrilled that a small [relatively speaking] community college like COC is getting the attention it deserves! We are not always "on the map" so to speak since we are away from greater LA and the only college in our district. Perhaps this award will serve to change this fact.” The award is given to a communication studies department program that reflects the breadth of the communication discipline, has teaching personnel with specialized training in communication, integrates curricular and co-curricular activities, has strong administrative support, and relates to the mission of its institution. With a nomination from a former COC instructor and supporting documentation to prove the program’s excellence, the department won the award.
For more information regarding the award or the Communication department, please visit the college’s website at www.canyons.edu or call (661) 259-7800.