Dr. Gina Lane | 816-415-7621
Department Chair 

Communication and Theatre
William Jewell College 
500 College Hill 
Liberty, MO 64068



The William Jewell College Debate Team won the 2014 National Parliamentary Debate Association Squad Tournament National Championship. Jewell defeated 52 other colleges and universities of all sizes to earn its first national title in March 2014, under the direction of coaches Kevin Garner ’07 and Kyle Dennis.

Dr. Joshua Hoops co-authored the article, “Rescaling the state and disciplining workers in discourses on E.U. Polish migration in UK newspapers.” The article appeared in the February 2014 issue of Critical Studies in Media Communication.

In February 2014, nursing professors collaborated with theatre professors Natasha Martin and Nathan Wyman on their second mental health simulation event utilizing theatre students as actors in assigned standardized patient roles. The simulation, which supported an innovative approach to student learning and collaboration, was partially funded by the Kauffman Innovation Grant. The event featured an inpatient acute care mental health unit with a registered nurse employing therapeutic communication techniques while interacting with actors portraying psychiatric patients.

Dr. Joshua Hoops published an article, “Pioneer whiteness meets ‘multicultural’ whiteness in farm communities in Washington state” in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research.  

Dr. Joshua Hoops was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Dissertation of the Year by the Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association. He was presented the award for his dissertation, “The spatialization of Whiteness in migrant farm communities in Washington State,” at NCA’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in November 2013.

Natasha Martin wrote and performed a solo show, “Confessions of a Synesthetic Sailor,” that opened in June 2013 in New York City, with Jewell theatre students Aidan Swanson and Curshion Jones working for the show.

Natasha Martin served as a guest artist at Northern Illinois University’s 2013 summer Theatre Camp, directing “Princess and the Pea.” A Jewell summer research grant enabled her to teach a Stage Combat Workshop at the world renowned New York Theatre Company, Lamama, at its Umbria training program in Spoletto, Italy, where she also trained with Kristen LinkLater (Sting's voice coach) and Paul Binnerts (a well-known master theatre director), both of whose textbooks are used in Jewell Theatre courses.

Dr. Joshua Hoops presented his paper, “Discourses of affirmation in the spatialization of whiteness” at the International Communication Association Conference in London in June 2013.

Natasha Martin’s article, “Finding the Y: Ideation on Directing ‘A Murder of Crows’ in Real Time Theatre,” was published in June 2013 by Howlround; A Center for Theatre Commons at Emerson College. The article incorporated excerpts from an interview she conducted with the playwright, Mac Wellman, about the techniques and process of directing “A Murder of Crows” at Jewell in fall 2012.

Kevin Garner ’07 was selected in spring 2013 to be a reviewer for the National Federation of High School’s debate topic committee. He and a select group of others reviewed proposals to determine the topic to be debated during the 2014-2015 high school season.

Dr. Gina Lane served as championship tournament director at the 2013 National Parliamentary Debate Association Championships at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. She was the first woman to be asked to direct the national tournament, one of the largest championship tournaments in the nation. In 2013, 50 colleges and universities fielding 155 teams competed. Dr. Lane also served as tournament director in 2014 at the national tournament held at Northern Arizona University.

Kevin Garner ’07 was elected in March 2013 to serve as Faculty Representative of District 6 of the National Parliamentary Debate Association. He represents colleagues from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Garner was also chosen to judge the Championship Round of the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, an honor only awarded to seven coaches in the nation.

Professors Nathan Wyman and Natasha Martin presented a paper in March 2013 at the Mid-America Theatre Conference in St. Louis entitled, “Finding the Y: Ideation on Directing ‘A Murder of Crows’ in Real Time Theatre” from the production they directed and designed in fall 2012 for Jewell Theatre Company. The symposium focused on redefining myth in theatre production and process.

The William Jewell debate squad finished the 2012-2013 school year ranked No. 2 in the nation in parliamentary debate.

Kevin Garner ’07 was selected to serve on the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence Topic Committee in February 2013. The group of a handful of coaches nationwide determined the topics debated at the national competition.

Dr. Gina Lane was honored by The Missouri Association of Forensic Activities with a Distinguished Service Award for her years of service to debate.

Kevin Garner ’07 and Dr. Gina Lane had their paper, “A Survivor’s Voice: Addressing Sexual Harassment in Parliamentary Debate,” accepted to the National Communication Association national conference held in fall 2012 in Orlando, Fla. 

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