Assistant Instructor of Communication Arts
Denise Miller, Assistant Professor, graduated from ORU in 1981 as Student of the Year for Communication Arts Education and taught secondary speech, drama and stagecraft, along with extracurricular activities, for 10 years. She co-founded the annual speech festival (which continues today as the annual theatre festival), won the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Teacher of the Year award and began her master’s at the University of Oklahoma. In 1996 she began teaching ORU communication classes as she completed her master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language with high honors and then taught undergraduates and graduates in ORU's College of Education.
In 2005, Denise began advising ORU Communication Arts Education majors and coordinating the general education portion of the ORU Communication, Arts and Media Department. The State Department of Education contracted Denise to mentor first-year teachers across northeastern Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation contracted Denise to evaluate the teacher education programs for English, as well as speech, drama and debate, of seven different universities across Oklahoma. Denise adjudicates a variety of academic, speech and theater events for secondary schools, performs voice-overs and serves as Master of Ceremonies at religious events, award ceremonies and ORU commencement.
In 2012, Denise won Faculty of the Year for her college. In 2015 she was selected as the Outstanding College Communication Educator by the Oklahoma Speech, Communication and Theater Association. Denise presents at state and regional conventions such as Central States Communication Association. Topics she teaches on include activism, textbook writing, assessment, electronic portfolios and manipulation. Denise teaches both online and residential Oral Communication, Organizational Communication, Oral Interpretation of Literature and Methods of Teaching Speech, Drama and Debate. The textbook she has co-authored was published in 2016. Denise is one of five members of ORU’s general education re-envisioning steering committee. With a technology firm, Denise is creating a virtual reality phone application for the Honors Program to increase the quality and quantity of rehearsal for public presentations and to increase ORU grads’ technological savvy. Currently she is pursuing an online Certificate of Strategic Communication from Purdue.