Kellie Roberts

Kellie Roberts

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No Debate About It: Kellie Roberts is recognized for outstanding service to students

Kellie Roberts, Interim Director of the Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication, has been awarded the Morton Wolfson Faculty Award for her outstanding service to University of Florida students.

Roberts, who has coached the nationally competitive UF Speech and Debate Team for the past 20 years, is recognized nationally as one of the best in the U.S. She was presented the Distinguished Service Award from the American Forensics Association in 2003 and was honored as the Florida Communication Association's Teacher of the Year in 1996. She was also presented the Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha National Forensics Honorary's Distinguished Service Award in 2004.

When the American Forensics Association was looking for a site to hold the largest competition in college forensics in 2006, UF was selected, in part, because it was home to the well-known Roberts. “UF was chosen for its great classroom space, convenient location and the excellent reputation of coach Kellie Roberts,” said Larry Schnoor, director of the 29th annual American Forensics Association-National Individual Events Tournament.

In addition to Roberts’ work as director of the Speech and Debate Team, she also teaches several honors courses, including Speaking and Writing for Premed Students and Speaking and Writing for Engineers. She heads up the Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication, which assists in preparing UF students to speak and write effectively using the major conventions governing the presentation of knowledge in their chosen disciplines. She is also a dedicated advisor, serving as a faculty advisor for PREVIEW since 1990 and as an advisor for the Honors Program since 1996.

The Mort Wolfson Faculty Service Award is given annually to a UF faculty member who best exemplifies the values modeled by former professor Mort Wolfson, who taught logic and behavioral sciences for 17 years in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The award honors those who have shown a distinguished record of commitment and service to students through advising and teaching.

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