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Chris Fenner


Dr. Chris Fenner, instructor of communication, teaches public relations, strategic communication and persuasion.

Fenner is an experienced communicator who has led the UWF team to top finishes at regional and national tournaments. Participating in collegiate speech and debate provides students with the advanced critical thinking and communication skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. Before coming to UWF in 2014, he established a competitive speech team at Florida Southern College, where he coached students to 32 national titles.

In his classes, Fenner teaches undergraduate courses in public relations and persuasion. He relies on high impact practices and hands-on activities to prepare students to meet the demands of the public relations industry. His students have provided public relations and communication advice to a variety of non-profit organizations in the community. At the graduate level, his coursework focuses on strategic communication, mass communication theory, and he works to train students as professional communication consultants.

Fenner’s research focuses on public relations crisis and image management, and pedagogy. He has presented his work at national and international conferences and is an article reviewer for the National Forensic Journal. He also serves as the vice president of the Florida Intercollegiate Forensic Association, and is the president of the Novice National Forensic Association.

Degrees & Institutions

He has a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and master’s degree in public relations and advertising from Suffolk University, and a doctorate in organizational communication and public relations from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. 

Keywords: forensic pedagogy, UWF debate and speech program