Southern Arkansas University Associate Professor of Mass Communication named Teacher of the Year


MAGNOLIA – James E. Reppert, associate professor of mass communication at Southern Arkansas University, recently was named Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Communication Association.

The honor was given at the Kentucky Communication Association’s annual convention, held Sept. 16-17 at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ken.

Reppert, also KCA Teacher of the Year in 2000 and 2006, was recognized for interactive teaching techniques that foster media literacy. Twitter, Facebook and RebelMouse are used to disseminate course readings and research materials. Transparency and accountability of student work are stressed, with completed projects curated on his Google website.

Other Kentucky Communication Association honors include the President’s Award for Outstanding Instruction in Mass Media (2014), the President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Mass Media Studies (2013), Communication Excellence Award (2009), Undergraduate Mentor of the Year (2007), and the James L. Applegate Excellence in Research Award (1997).

Earlier this year, Reppert was one of 40 media educators from across the country competitively selected for participation in the International Radio and Television Society Foundation Faculty Seminar in Las Vegas, held concurrently with the Consumer Electronics Show. Reppert has been selected for 11 IRTS Faculty Seminars since 1993 (seven in New York City, four in Las Vegas).

Reppert has made more than 150 presentations at regional and national conventions of professional associations. He has been selected to participate in 24 faculty media seminars since 1989.

A member of the SAU faculty since 1987, Reppert holds a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a bachelor’s degree in university studies from North Dakota State University. He is a graduate of Brown Institute in Minneapolis in radio-television broadcasting and acquired a First Class License from the Federal Communications Commission.

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