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2010 DA Beebes

2010 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients — Susan and Steven Beebe

Klein, Susan and Steven Beebe, Ambrose
UCM Alumni Association President Becky Klein, left, and UCM President Charles Ambrose, right, congratulate 2010 Distinguished Alumni Susan and Steven Beebe.


As debaters at Central Missouri, Susan and Steven Beebe talked about writing a public speaking textbook together. Forty years later, their book is a bestseller used in college classrooms throughout the country, including UCM.

The Beebes, who first met when both decided to join the Talking Mules debate team, are acclaimed academicians at Texas State University-San Marcos. Susan ’73 is director of lower-division studies for the Department of English; Steve ’72, ’73 is regents and university distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Since that first book, they collaborated on many communication studies textbooks and received countless awards. Susan was honored in 2009 with the Teaching Award of Honor from the Texas State Alumni Association. In 2005, she received the Texas State University College of Liberal Arts “Golden Apple” Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her leadership in building a volunteers in public school program resulted in her being honored as a State of Texas Friend of Education by the Texas Classroom Teachers’ Association.

Steve is recognized as a visiting scholar at both Oxford and Cambridge universities as well as throughout Europe, Asia and Central America. He was named Outstanding Communication Professor in America by the National Speaker’s Association and was selected as the first Regents’ Professor in the Texas State University System. He recently was elected president-elect of the National Communication Association, the oldest and largest communication association in the world.