Dr. Vickie Shamp Ellis

Dr. Vickie Shamp Ellis

Professor of Communication Arts
Chair, Division 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.

In the summers, if she’s not home with her family in Texas, she is teaching congressional debate, freshmen scholars, and/or political communication at Stanford University 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 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.

Dr. Ellis' Curriculum Vitae 

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  • 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

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. Robust recruiting and the traumatizing transition. (2016). 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.

V. E. S. (2014). Session Leader, “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.

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 http://icctejournal.org/issues/v4i2/v4i2-ellis-cross/


  • Highland Park Baptist Church
  • Central State Communication Association
  • Southern States Communication Association
  • Lambda Pi Eta, Sponsor
  • Junior Statesmen of America