Dr. Glen Williams of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, made a $5,000 gift to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation to establish the award. The scholarship recognizes students who have made significant contributions to Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Communication Studies and show exceptional promise for future contributions, such as serving as a department concierge or as an officer in one of the department’s student organizations.
The scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student enrolled at Southeast with a minimum 3.2 grade point average. The recipient of this scholarship will be a full-time student pursuing a degree in communications studies and who actively participates in events and endeavors sponsored by Southeast’s Department of Communication Studies. Financial need may be considered, but is not required.
Williams was named chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Southeast in 2012. He has been a college professor since 1986, joining Southeast in 1998 where he also holds the title of professor of communication studies. Prior to his time at Southeast, he taught at Indiana University, Missouri State University and Texas A&M University. Williams is a 1982 Southeast graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education and returned to graduate in 1984 with a Master of Arts in English, concentrating on composition and rhetoric. He later earned a doctoral degree in rhetoric and public address at Indiana University.
He has written articles and chapters for various publications, and co-authored an award-winning textbook titled “Public Speaking and Civic Engagement.” In 2014, Southeast’s College of Liberal Arts recognized his scholarly contributions with its annual Honors Award for Outstanding Scholarship. In 2008, he received the R. Ferrell Ervin Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2007, he received Southeast’s Student Life and Leadership’s Outstanding Student Advisor Award for his work with COMMrades.
Affectionately known as “GW” by colleagues and students alike, he considers learning a partnership involving mutual respect, and manages the department as a team enterprise.
Williams values effective communication and the difference it could make both personally and professionally. His personal communication activities are predominately in the service of others.He emphasizes the ability to communicate effectively has a higher calling than self-promotion and that it can serve the greater good. He says he has experienced these positive effects first-hand, and hopes to pass on this passion to his students and recipients of this scholarship.
For more information, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.