Dr. Bill Watt

Chair, Applied Communication
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Bill Watt, Professor of Speech and Chair, Department of Applied Communication

Professor of Speech

Degrees:

B.S., Manhattan Christian College; B.S., M.A., Ph.D.; Kansas State University

Bio:

Bill Watt, Professor of Speech Communication, is the Chair of the Department of Applied Communication at Methodist University. He serves as a staff member/trainer for the Institute for Community Leadership and is a member of the City Planning Commission in Fayetteville, North Carolina. His professional academic experiences include teaching and administrative duties including vice president for academic affairs, academic dean, school dean, division director, and department chair at NCAA division I, II, and III as well as NCCAA universities and colleges. Ordained in the Christian ministry in 1976 by the Christian Church (Independent), Bill was selected by the Kansas Speech Communication Association as the Outstanding College Teacher of the Year - 1996. He was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame in 1998. Bill has presented over 50 scholarly papers on topics ranging from communication, leadership, theatre, and religion at state, regional, national, and international conferences with many of the papers being included in conference proceedings. He has authored or co-authored five books in the field of speech communication and business/professional speaking, several monographs about theatre, and co-authored book chapters on intercollegiate debate and leadership. His published many poems and short stories published locally, nationally, and internationally.  He is a Franklin Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People facilitator.

Research Interests:

  • Leadership theory and practice
  • Various aspects of communication to include nonverbal, gender, conflict management, intercultural, interpersonal, public speaking, business & professional speaking, persuasion, debate & argumentation, small group communication, organizational communication
  • Theatre (drama)
  • Religion and the arts
  • Religion and spirituality

Personal Interests:

  • Racquetball
  • Go
  • Chess
  • NASCAR
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