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Connie McKee

It seems that Connie McKee’s name was mentioned a few times at the Texas Speech Communication Association (TSCA) convention Oct. 7-10 in Dallas.

At the convention McKee, instructor of speech communication and director of forensics, was announced as Educator of the Year for the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) and elected TSCA vice president elect for 2009-2010.

TSCA, the largest state professional communication association in the nation, represents more than 2,000 speech teachers from middle schools to graduate universities across Texas. The TIFA Educator of the Year is selected through a highly competitive process with nominees who are held in high regard by students, colleagues and administrators. Nominees also must be active TSCA/TIFA members.

“I was so surprised,” McKee said. “It is a great honor to be picked from your peers across the state.”

The vice president elect position coordinates recruitment activities for TSCA and is responsible for membership orientation at the organization’s convention. As vice president elect, McKee also will preside over the organization in the absence of the president. The position is a three-year commitment, beginning with vice president elect, followed by a term as vice president and then one as TSCA president.

McKee, who travels throughout the year with her award-winning forensics team, has been an active member of TSCA for several years and was named Secondary Teacher of the Year for 1997-1998 and received the TSCA Outstanding Service Award in 2007. During her service to TSCA, McKee has chaired or served on numerous committees including the Public Relations Committee, UIL Advisory Committee, Fiscal Review Committee and Nominating Committee. She also has conducted or participated in various convention programs for the organization.

Before coming to WTAMU in 2002, McKee was a speech and debate coach at Amarillo High School and taught speech communication part time at Amarillo College. She earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at West Texas A&M University.


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