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Christopher Fenner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication

"I work to foster a classroom environment where students can apply the knowledge they've obtained from class with practical, professionally-oriented assignments. I believe that education should be fun, challenging, and exciting, and I work hard to ensure that students leave class feeling prepared and confident for their professional careers."

Chris Fenner is an Associate Professor of Communication, Chair of the Communication Department, and the Director of Forensics (competitive speech & debate).

Dr. Fenner teaches courses focusing on public relations, persuasion, organizational communication, and mass communication theory. He conducts research primarily in the areas of public relations education, and social media & persuasion. During his tenure as department chair, the Communication Department has grown to add majors in Interpersonal & Organizational Communication and Political Communication.

Dr. Fenner worked with students in 2005 to found the FSC Forensics team. In his role as Director of Forensics, he has coached students to over 116 Regional titles and 28 National titles, including three first-place national champions. He also serves as the Vice President of the Florida Interstate Forensic Association, and is an executive council member of the Novice National Forensic Association.

Courses Taught

Foundations I - Flying Start MBA Course; Media Writing; Communication Research; Principles of Advertising & Public Relations; Speech & Mass Communication Theory; South Park & Contemporary Moral Issues; Social Investigations & Insights; Forensic Practicum; Principles of Public Relations; Persuasion; Organizational Communication; Public Relations Writing; Special Topics In Speech Communication; Public Relations Strategies; Introduction to Women's Studies; Women in Contemporary American Culture


Ph.D., Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University
M. A., Organizational Communication, Suffolk University
B. S., Public Relations & Advertising, Suffolk University

Honors and Awards

Omicron Delta Kappa, Inducted Fall 2011

Who's Who in Higher Education, Spring 2008

Recent publications

Fenner, C. (2010).  Helping out the “newbies”:  A call for broader-based professional development in forensics.  Conference Proceedings: National Developmental Conference on Individual Events.
Fenner, C.  (2008).  No, it has nothing to do with CSI:  Using public relations to promote new forensic programs.  Conference Proceedings: National Developmental Conference on Individual Events.