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Recently returning from a trip to London, Deems M. Brooks is enjoying the opportunity to travel after retiring as professor emeritus of speech communication at Central. He devoted 24 years to serving the university.
Brooks came to Central in 1971 as an associate professor of speech communication and was promoted in 1977 to full professor. In addition to teaching, he held a number of key administrative positions in the area of speech communication. He served as director of speech education from 1971-72; chair of the Division of Language, Literature and Communication, from 1973 to 1974; and assistant de4an of the School of Arts and Sciences, 1977 to 1981.
Brooks’ service to the university extended well beyond the classroom. That includes various committee appointments at the department and college level. On the university level, he is a former president of the Faculty Senate and a member of the original University Studies Task Force, University Renovation Task Force and Commencement Committee.
During the 1986 fall semester, Brooks represented the university internationally by teaching three undergraduate courses and sharing responsibilities for another course in the Missouri London Program. Active in research, he authored and co-authored numerous articles for professional journals and was the editor of a book on speech communication instruction.
Brooks has a doctorate and a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He earned his bachelor’s degree at David Lipscomb University, Nashville Tenn.
He and his wife, Babs, have one daughter, Melissa, and one son, Markham.