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Woodrow Wilson Wagner

Lecturer of Speech Communication

"I want to implement a curriculum that responds to the specific learning styles of all my students. Since most collegiate learners are diverse in nature, it is essential to provide a differentiated curriculum by varying presentation style and format to ensure an individualized focus on the learner's needs."

Degrees Held:

  • M.A. in Politics – University of Dallas, 2013
  • M.A. in Speech Communication – Texas State University, 2002
  • B.A. in Political Science – Texas A&M University, 1997
  • B.A. in Speech Communication – Texas A&M University, 1997

Career Highlights:

I have over 20 years of experience developing curriculum as well as implementing and delivering dynamic courses in a supportive, interactive environment.

In terms of administrative management, I worked as the faculty development coordinator for the Quality Enhancement Plan at The Art Institute of Dallas, in which I supervised the integration of critical-thinking and information-literacy skills for the entire curriculum. Most recently, I worked as the program coordinator of general education for The Art Institute of California-Sacramento, where I designed and executed curriculum that specifically linked general education learning outcomes to industries like graphic design, digital media production, fashion design and culinary arts.

At Texas A&M University, I formulated and executed the University’s policies in a variety of settings, assessed and responded to the needs of students from a plethora of backgrounds, and developed a number of staff training protocols that are still in use today. In Washington D.C, I composed speeches and press releases that created credible appeals to diverse constituencies.

I created the first ever "Speech & Debate Institute" at North Lake College that was named the Innovation of the Year for 2005 for the Dallas County Community College District. I also created "Class Swap" and the "School of Choice Initiative," which forged unprecedented relationships with other learning communities, instructors, and Departments of Communication at a number of four-year colleges and universities. Such efforts resulted in me receiving a 2006 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award.

In which online bachelor's degree programs do you teach?

B.S. in Communication, B.A. in Communication

Which classes do you teach in the online?

SPCH 1315, COMM 4300, PSCI 2305, PSCI 2306

What types of projects can students expect in your online courses?

We will process, practice and value what we learn through informative, innovative activities. Such "infotainment" will engage, entertain and educate. The infotainment presented is not an extraneous diversion, rather it is an instructional tool that reveals the utility and application of the course content and will have a major impact on your grade. Beyond that, you can expect papers, presentations, quizzes and exams.

What should students take away from your classes? What do they learn?

Students will be able to successfully outline and craft speeches. They will also understand the origin, nature and evolution of American political institutions; discern how media (i.e. news, entertainment, and infotainment) influence public opinion as well as their political considerations and behaviors; know how to investigate ways in which political decisions/events affect their given fields/professions; and utilize the tools and skills to better understand and engage the current political world.

What advice would you give to those considering an online bachelor's degree program?

Engage the content in an interactive way and don't be a passive observer. Be a proactive communicator not a reactive apologist. Communicate with your classmates frequently in a conversational fashion. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you are confused or uncertain. Write substantive responses backed by evidence and sources.

What is the value of a bachelor's degree? What are some of the skills students gain in this program?

A bachelor's degree promotes critical thinking, information literacy, sound argumentation and problem-solving skills. It enhances effective oral communication skills as well as your value and marketability to potential employers.

Why did you start teaching?

For the past twenty years, my greatest goal as an educator has been to elevate the intellectual spirit of my students by helping them become proficient communicators in the real world and allowing them to exercise their freedom as active participants in the society around them. I want to implement a curriculum that responds to the specific learning styles of all my students. Since most collegiate learners are diverse in nature, it is essential to provide a differentiated curriculum by varying presentation style and format to ensure an individualized focus on the learner's needs. I want to make my students proficient human beings, ready to make a worthy contribution to society.


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