Charlene Strickland, Head of the Department of Communication, joined the faculty in the fall of 1983.  She received her Bachelor of Science 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, Ms. Strickland has been 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).  Ms. Strickland is a life member of the Texas Speech Communication Association and in 2002 received the organization’s award for Outstanding Service.  During her sabbatical (1989-90) for work on the Ph.D. in communication, Ms. Strickland was named the outstanding graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma.

In addition to teaching at Hardin-Simmons University, Ms. 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, Ms. Strickland worked with ETS (Educational Testing Services) on the certification exam for Texas secondary speech certification.

Ms. Strickland serves HSU and the University Interscholastic League as a Regional Director, as well as serving UIL as a consultant for speech events since 1982.  Ms. Strickland also supports the Boy Scouts of America by being an approved merit badge counselor for public speaking.

Ms. Strickland lives in Abilene with her husband, Larry Bevill, and they have one son who attends HSU.  Ms. Strickland enjoys sporting events, particularly any sport in which her son is a participant!  She enjoys scrapbooking, watching football with her husband, and traveling with her family.

Degrees Earned

  • Post Graduate Work:  Communication – University of Oklahoma
  • Master’s:  Communication – Southwest Texas State University, 1983
  • Bachelor’s:  Communication and English, Southwest Texas State University, 1977.

Courses Taught

COMM 1301:  Introduction to Communication
COMM 1302:  Communication for Teachers
COMM 2373:  Oral Interpretation of Literature
COMM 3302:  Interpersonal Communication
COMM 3303:  Small Group Communication
COMM 4308:  Trends in Communication
COMM 4302:  Internship in Communication
COMM 4371:  Communication Instruction
COMM 4375:  Directing Speech Activities
COMM 4389:  Internship in Communication
COHD 1300:   Student Success Seminar