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Joshua Westwick

Josh Westwick

Title

Associate Director; Associate Professor of Communication Studies; Co-Director of the Basic Communication Course

Office Building

Pugsley Center

Office

115H

Mailing Address

Pugsley Cont Ed Center 115H
School of Communication & Journalism-Box 2218
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007

Education

University of South Dakota, Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education Administration, May 2012
South Dakota State University, M.S. in Communication Studies, May 2003
South Dakota State University, B.S. in Communication Studies and Theatre, May 2001

Academic Responsibilities

I have taught the following courses at SDSU:
SPCM 101: Fundamentals of Speech
SPCM 201: Interpersonal Communication
SPCM 205: General Communication
SPCM 215: Public Speaking
SPCM 434: Small Group Communication
SPCM 492/592: Communicative Issues in Death and Dying
SPCM 700: Instructional Methods in Communication
SPCM 701: Introduction to Graduate Studies

Awards and Honors

Edward Patrick Hogan Award for Teaching Excellence, South Dakota State University, 2019.
Melissa Beall Top Panel Award in the Basic Course Division, Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, 2019.
Outstanding Experiential Learning Educator, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, 2018.
Honors Advocate Award, Fishback Honors College, 2017.
Outstanding Service Award, National Communication Association Basic Course Division, 2017.
Top Three Paper in the Basic Course Division, National Communication Association Annual Conference, 2016.
Douglas M. Trank Award for Top Paper in the in Basic Course Division, Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, 2016.
Melissa Beall Top Panel Award in the Basic Course Division, Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, 2016.
Melissa Beall Top Panel Award in the Basic Course Division, Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, 2015.
Manuscript of the Year presented by the Communication Apprehension and Competency Division of the National Communication Association, 2014.
Top Four Paper in the Basic Course Division, National Communication Association Annual Conference, 2014.
Top Four Paper in the Communication Apprehension and Competency Division, National Communication Association Annual Conference, 2014.
Top Panel in the States’ Advisory Division, Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, 2014.
Top Three Paper in the Basic Course Division, Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, 2014.
Basic Course of Excellence Award presented by the Basic Course Division of the National Communication Association, 2013.
Top Panel Award in the Communication Apprehension and Competency Division, National Communication Association Annual Conference, 2013.
Top Three Paper in the Basic Course Division, Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, 2013.
Melissa Beall Top Panel Award in the Basic Course Division, Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, 2013.
Top Three Paper in the Basic Course Division, Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, 2012.
Outstanding Young Speech Teacher Award presented by the Speech Communication Association of South Dakota, 2009.

Professional Memberships

Speech Communication Association of South Dakota
Central States Communication Association
National Communication Association
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Area(s) of Research

My overarching research question is: how do we improve the human experience through communication education and instruction? I have strategically engaged in relevant research which impacts my teaching, my students, and my assigned professional service.

Applications of Research

A bulk of my research efforts have focused on assessment within the basic communication course which is designed to strengthen our course and the experience of our students. Specifically, my colleagues and I have been engaged in a multi-layered inquiry surrounding Public Speaking Anxiety (PSA) and Communication Competency. This line of research has produced a notable collection of independent and collaborate work. Specifically, this inquiry has produced five conference panel presentations including two top panel recognitions from the CSCA (2014) and NCA (2013). Moreover, this project has produced seven peer-reviewed and competitively-selected conference papers. Six of these papers were recognized on top paper panels at the CSCA or NCA annual conferences. Our most recent paper, “The Basic Course as a Foundation for Student Success: A Pilot Study Assessing Students’ Impostor Phenomenon” won the Douglas M. Trank Award for top paper by the CSCA Basic Course Division (2016). Finally, this line of research has produced five manuscripts, four of which were peer-reviewed and three which have appeared in top discipline journals. When examining my collection of scholarship, my work with Public Speaking Anxiety and Communication Competency has provided the greatest impact in the area of communication education and the basic communication course.

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