Faculty/Staff Profile

Michael D. Hester

Michael D. Hester

Executive Director

Phone: 770-362-9435 | Fax: 678-839-0636

Email:  mhester@westga.edu

Office: Gunn Hall A113

Hours: by appointment

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Education/Degrees

  • B.S., Political Science, West Georgia College, 1993
  • M.A., Speech Communication, University of Georgia, 1995
  • Ph.D., Communications, Georgia State University, 2005

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • COMM-1100 (Human Communication)    
    • COMM-1115 (Debate Practicum)    
    • XIDS-2300 (Rhetoric of Civil Rights Mvmt)    
  • Spring 2016 Sections
    • COMM-1100 (Human Communication) Section: 02G
    • COMM-1115 (Debate Practicum) Section: 01
    • XIDS-2300 (Rhetoric of Civil Rights Mvmt) Section: 01
  • Fall 2015 Sections
    • COMM-1100 (Human Communication) Section: 05G
    • COMM-1115 (Debate Practicum) Section: 01
  • Summer 2015 Sections
    • COMM-1100 (Human Communication) Section: 02G
  • Spring 2015 Sections
    • COMM-1100 (Human Communication) Section: 01G

Skills


Rhetoric

My own undergraduate career as an intercollegiate debater and experience of more than two decades now as the coach of a national championship winning intercollegiate debate program, combined with teaching more than one hundred and forty sections of public speaking and debate practicum give me a rich perspective on rhetoric. Any public policy or social issue that involves the need to persuade or instances of being persuaded (that would be all of them!) that we want to understand better could be served by rhetorical analysis.


Gifted Education

For fourteen years, i was an administrator in the Honors College, including three as Dean and two as interim Director of the Advanced Academy, an early entrance program for high-achieving dual enrolled students. Combined with my own time in gifted programs in elementary, junior, and high school, and as an honors undergraduate student - all within the state of GA - my experience has provided me a rich perspective on how gifted education functions and what its purposes are.