Charlene Strickland


Charlene Strickland, lead professor in speech communication, joined the faculty in the fall of 1983. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) with a first teaching field of speech and second teaching field of English. Her Master of Arts degree is also from SWT with a major in speech communication, followed by doctoral work in communication at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

During her tenure at Hardin-Simmons University, Strickland has received the Cullen Professor Teaching Award, a peer recognition for excellence in teaching (1989), been named the Faculty Member of the Year (2002), and received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts (2004), and received the Provost's Award for Outstanding Service to the University (2013). She is a life member of the Texas Speech Communication Association, and in 2002, received the organization’s award for outstanding service. She has also been recognized by TSCA as an outstanding educator at the University/College level (1996, 2004). During her sabbatical (1989-90) for work on the Ph.D. in communication, Strickland was named the outstanding graduate assistant in Communication at the University of Oklahoma.

In addition to teaching at Hardin-Simmons University, Strickland has taught at Southwest Texas State University and Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas, and high school in Georgetown, Texas (1979-82). Part of her emphasis within the department of communication is work toward training future teachers, particularly those pursuing certification in secondary speech. As recently as 2010, Strickland worked with ETS (Educational Testing Services) on the certification exam for Texas secondary speech certification.

Strickland serves HSU and the University Interscholastic League (UIL) as a regional director, as well as serving UIL as a consultant for speech events since 1982. Strickland is recognized across the state of Texas for her work with UIL, having presented workshops at the TSCA conventions, UIL Super Conferences each fall and the UIL Capital Conference , as well as serving as contest director at the UIL State Academic Meet for extemporaneous speaking. Strickland also supports the Boy Scouts of America by being an approved merit badge counselor for public speaking.

She lives in Abilene with her husband, Larry Bevill, who serves as the Taylor County Clerk. They have one son who attends HSU. Strickland enjoys sporting events, particularly any sport in which her son is a participant, as well as scrapbooking and travel with her family.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Science, Communication and English, Southwest Texas State University, 1977
  • Master of Art, Communication, Southwest Texas State University, 1983
  • Post Graduate Work, Communication, University of Oklahoma
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
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