Debra Kirkland

Department Chair, Performing Arts


Speech, Humanities and Drama

Additional Title

Professor of Speech

Contact Information

Courses Taught

Introduction to Communication (SPCH 1311)
Introduction to Public Speaking (SPCH 1315)
Interpersonal Communication (SPCH 1318)
Business & Professional Communication (SPCH 1321)
Oral Interpretation of Literature
Debate / Forensics Coaching

Nonverbal Communication
Principles of Listening
Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
World Religions
Women in Christian Ministry Special Topics

  • Regent University, All but dissertation in PhD in Communication Studies
  • University of North Texas, Master of Science in Communication Studies
  • Southeastern Theological Seminary, 46 hours toward Master of Divinity
  • Stephen F. Austin State University, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Public Relations
Teaching Experience
  • Temple College, Speech Instructor, 2007 - present
  • Temple College, Adjunct Speech Instructor, 2004 - 2007
  • Tidewater Community College, Associate Professor of Speech, 1995-2004
  • Odessa College, Speech Instructor/Forensics Coach, 1991-1993
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Speech Instructor/Forensics Coach, 1990-1991
  • University of North Texas, Speech Teaching Assistant, 1988-1990
  • Hill College, Journalism/Photography/Speech Instructor, 1983-1985
Professional Experience
  • American Passage Media Corporation, Customer Service Representative, 1987-1988
  • Hill College, Director of Public Relations, 1983-1985
  • East Texas Baptist College, Director of Public Relations, 1979-1983
Professional Presentations
  • National Communication Association Member
  • Distinguished Toastmaster Award, 2010
  • Managing Speech Fright, Toastmasters Seminar Leader, January 2010
  • Listening with Your Whole Body, Toastmasters District Conference, November 2005
  • Design a Syllabus Students Will Read, Teaching for Success, January 1997
  • Giving Presence: A Speaker’s Nonverbal Altruism, Virginia Speakers Association, November 1995
  • Creative Ministry Seminar, Regent University, January 1995
  • Spiritual Dimensions in Developing Teaching Philosophies, Panelist, Speech Communication Association, November 1994
  • And Mary Pondered These Things in Her Heart, Readers Theatre Panelist, Christianity and Communication Conference, May, 1993
  • National Host Tournament Director, Phi Rho Pi, National Junior College Speech and Debate Association, April 1993
  • Graduate Service Award in Communication and Public Address, University of North Texas, May, 1990
  • Communication Apprehension Workshop, University of North Texas, Fall 1989, Spring 1990
  • Manual for Teaching Assistants, University Instructional Development Grant, University of North Texas, Fall 1989