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Dr. Vickie Shamp Ellis

Professor of Communication Arts


Dr. Ellis’ teaching career began as a competitive speech and debate coach, English teacher, and theatre arts director. Additionally, she developed peer-teaching workshops for faculty members and worked as the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Speech & Debate Coordinator in Texas high schools. Her high school speech and debate students were regional and state winners. Her theatre company also placed in the Texas regional and state One Act Play contests.

After completing her Master of Science Degree in Communication Studies at the University of North Texas, she began teaching communication courses at the college level and later completed her Doctorate of Education with an emphasis on curriculum, instruction, and supervision. Throughout her experiences, she has been especially interested in developing ways to enhance communication skills across the curriculum. Encouraging communication research is one of her career passions; walking alongside OBU scholars as they investigate how communication studies reveal more about God’s love and design is especially rewarding.

In the summers, if she’s not home with her family in Texas, she is teaching congressional debate, freshmen scholars, and/or political communication for Junior Statesmen of America, a national organization designed for intellectually curious, politically savvy high school students.

She is married to Barry Ellis, associate professor of finance at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her son, Branson Stephens (OBU class of 2000), works as a scientist for Cal Tech’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory Lab at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her daughter, Nola Stephens, is a linguistics professor at Covenant College at Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

Dr. Ellis' Curriculum Vitae


B.F.Ed., Southeastern Oklahoma State University

M.S., University of North Texas

Ed.D., Texas A&M - Commerce

Dissertation: "A Semantic Measure of Affective Meanings of Professional Titles in Higher Education"

Courses Taught

Communication Research


Family Communication

Public Speaking

Introduction to Speech Communication

Political Communication

Group Discussion

Interpersonal Communication

Creative Communication

Methods of Theatre and Speech Education

Graduate Education Courses

Selected Publications

Ellis, V. S., Barbe, K., & Wells, J. (2014). PowerPlay: Advancing a new tool for rhetorical criticism. Paper presented to Central States Communication Association’s Political Communication Division, CSCA Minneapolis, MN.

Session Leader (2013). Putting Peace into the Yikes of Public Speaking! Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s Sweet Conference. First Baptist Church, Moore, OK.

Ellis, V. S. & J. Wells. (2012).  Jordan’s well made play for impeachment. Paper to be presented at the Southern Speech Communication Association’s Convention in April 2012. 

Ellis, V. S. (2010). Blessed assurance for Linda Ruchell’s Son:  A Faculty for compassion. Paper presented in panel discussion in NCA’s Instructional Development Division -- 96th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Ellis, V. S. & Cross, N. P.  (2009). Recalling subject centered enthusiasm: The essence of great teaching. A Journal of the International Community of Christians in Teacher Education (ICCTE), 4(2), Retrieved from

State Superintendent’s Federal Programs Conference (2009). Keynote address, “Shameless Enthusiasm.”  Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus, Oklahoma City, OK. 

Ellis, V. S. (2008) Contributing author, “Getting Back to Camp” and “Sacrificial Giving” in Solomon was a Businessman: Advice from the Wealthiest Man on Earth. 
Baker, A., & Whitlock, D. (Eds.) Eugene, OR: Resource Publications.

Ellis, V. S. & Harlin, N. M. (2008)  Designing teacher-student rapport:  An all-out effort in techno driven communities. International Design Principles and Practices-An International Journal, (2)4, p. 25-36.  

Ellis, V. S. & Travis, J.  (Dec., 2007).  Professional titles in higher education:  Do they matter to students?  College Student Journal, Part B, 41(4).