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Department of Communication & Theatre


Kenna J. Reeves

Kenna J. Reeves 

Instructor of Communication
OFFICE:  Room 126 Roosevelt Hall
CAMPUS BOX: 4033
PHONE: 620-341-5256
FAX: 620-341-6031
EMAIL: kreeves@emporia.edu

KENNA J. REEVES has been an ESU faculty member since 1984. She taught language arts courses and coached debate in several Kansas high schools prior to joining the faculty at Emporia State. Kenna received her BSE and MS degrees from Emporia State University and has completed further graduate work in speech, English, and school counseling. She has consulted with other educational institutions and private companies in the areas of effective speech presentations, conflict management, interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, strategic planning and effective academic advising. Kenna presently teaches courses in public communication, interpersonal communication, methodology for teaching speech and theatre, and nonverbal communication. Ms. Reeves teaches the public speaking course for the Honors Program at ESU. She serves as coordinator of the Speech and Theatre Education Program for those students who want to be middle school and high school speech, theatre, debate, and forensics teachers and coaches. Ms. Reeves co-authored a published article on basic interpersonal skills with two former faculty colleagues and, more recently, a published article about academic advising with an ESU colleague. Honors received include Phi Delta Theta's Outstanding Faculty Member, ACT/NACADA's national Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, Phi Eta Sigma’s Outstanding Professor, Xi Phi’s Outstanding Faculty Member, ESU Greek Community Outstanding Teacher, Kansas Speech Communication Association’s Outstanding Teacher in Higher Education, Kansas Master Teacher and selection for Who's Who Among America's Teachers multiple years. Kenna is a member of the Kansas Speech Communication Association, Central States Communication Association, and the National Communication Association. Kenna has been recognized twice for her support of the TriO programs at Emporia State University. She is active in the Emporia community as a committee member of the planning group for the annual Walk to D’Feet Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, First Baptist Church of Emporia, and campus activities. She served as co-advisor of the Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association student honor organization, when it received its charter at ESU and as faculty advisor to Alpha Sigma Alpha. Spending time with her grown children and their families, reading, writing, and travel are what Kenna likes to do with what little leisure time she has! ESU is a Reeves family affair; her husband, three children, their three spouses, her brother, a first cousin, a niece and a nephew all also graduates of ESU! Her passions include teaching and working with ASLA … until there is a cure.