Dr. Vickie Shamp Ellis

Chair, Division of Communication Arts
Professor of Communication Arts
Office Location Sarkeys Telecommunication Center, 102
Phone (Office) 405.585.4357
OBU Mailbox # 61240
Email vickie.ellis@okbu.edu


After graduating from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma, 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 (emphasis on Political Communication) 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 communication acts within 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.

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 an astrophysicist for Lawrence Livermore National Lab in Livermore, California. Her daughter, Nola Stephens, is a linguistics professor at Covenant College at Lookout Mountain, Georgia. 

Dr. Branson C. Stephens (OBU 2000) was taught by Dr. Albert Chen. Branson is Vickie and Barry Ellis' son and was a member of the LIGO team that recently discovered (announced in Feb. 2016) gravitational waves in space time.


  • 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

  • Honors Colloquium, Rhetorical Criticism: 2016 Campaign for the White House
  • Communication Research
  • Persuasion
  • Family Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Introduction to Speech Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Methods of Theatre and Speech Education

Selected Publications

Stephens, N., Hall-Lew, L, & Ellis, V. S. (2018). I’m like, ‘Really? You were homeschooled?” Quotative variation by high school type and linguistic style. American Speech 93(1)

Ellis, V. S., Barbe, K. , McNellis, A., & East, B. (2018). “Prime Real Estate: Branding University Syllabi.” Paper presentation: Central States     Communication Association Conference; Milwaukee, WI.

Ellis, V. S. Weismann, K., Murdock, R., Laine, L. & Beall, M. (Panelist); chaired by Wendt, D. A. (2018). “How Different are Adjunct Faculty, Really?” Conference Panel, Central States Communication Association; Milwaukee, WI.

Stephens, N., Hall-Lew, L., & Ellis, V. S. (2017). I’m like, “Really? You were homeschooled?”: Personal construction, educational background, and the quotative system of young adults.  Presentation at the American Dialect Society Conference, Austin, TX in January.

Murimi, R., Ellis, V. S., Turnage, N., Vick, H., & Crosby, G. (2017). I’ve got to play that game: An analysis of embedded persuasion in game design. International Journal on Future Revolution in Computer Science & Communication Engineering, 3(10), pp. 120-129. Retrieve from

Ellis, V. S. (2016). Great Idea for Teaching Students—Organizational Communication. GIFTS Presentation for Macmillan Publishers. Presented on Oct. 27; https://community.macmillan.com/events/1137-professor-submitted-gifts-session

Ellis, V. S. (2016). Divine Discourse: Expanding relational dialectics theory. Paper presented on the Top Theory Panel at the Southern Speech Communication Association’s Convention in April.

Ellis, V. S., Barbe, K. P., & Fullbright, K. (2016). Building currency: Crafting new channels for undergraduate communication programs. Administrative Issues Journal: Connecting Education, Practice, and Research, 6(1), pp. 38-52. doi: 10.5929/2016.6.1.6

Ellis. V. S. (2016). Robust recruiting and the traumatizing transition. Presentation and data delivered to OBU, Covenant College, and Patrick Henry College during the spring of 2016.

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.


  • 2008-Present, Highland Park Baptist Church
  • 2014-Present, Central States Communication Association
  • 2014-Present, Lambda Pi Eta, Sponsor