Title: Speech Communication Educator & Consultant
Company: University of Illinois
Location: Champaign, Illinois, United States
Kenneth E. Andersen, Ph.D., Speech Communication Educator and Consultant at the University of Illinois, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in speech, communications and higher education.
With nearly 50 years of professional excellence, Dr. Andersen is a prominent speech communication educator and consultant who most recently served as the chair of the University Senate Conference at the University of Illinois from 2010 to 2013, having previously been on the advisory committee and chair of the legislative committee of the State University of Retirement Systems from 2006 to 2012. Prior to these illustrious roles, he was chair of the University of Illinois from 2001 to 2003, on the faculty advisory council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education with the University of Illinois from 2000 to 2008, and professor in speech communications at the University of Illinois from 1973 to 1995. Previously, he was the deputy vice chancellor for academy affairs at the University of Illinois from 1988 to 1992, associate dean of liberal arts and sciences at the University of Illinois from 1981 to 1987, and chairman of the Senate Council at the University of Illinois from 1981 to 1984.
In addition to these positions, Dr. Andersen served the University of Illinois in several other capacities, including as the associate head of the department from 1971 to 1978 and as an associate professor from 1970 to 1973. A former visiting professor at the University of Southern California in 1968, he was also an assistant and associate professor at the University of Michigan between 1963 and 1970, having previously held the role of instructor from 1961 to 1963. He commenced his career as an instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1955. Civically, Dr. Anderson was the former treasurer of the State University Annuitants Association and on the board of visitors of the Defense Information School from 1983 to 1996.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Andersen pursued a formal education at the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 1954. He subsequently continued his studies at the university, receiving a Master of Arts in 1955. He concluded his studies in 1961, when he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, where he was also a Knapp Fellow.
Throughout his career, Dr. Andersen has contributed myriad articles to professional journals and chapters to books. The editor of Speaker and Gavel from 1975 to 1978, he was also the editor of the Journal of the American Forensic Association from 1968 to 1971 and on the editorial board of the Central States Communication Association from 1967 to 1970. As such, in an effort to remain aware of recent developments within the industry, Dr. Andersen has maintained affiliation with several professional organizations, including the American Association of University Professors, where he served as the chapter president, Illinois conference president and treasurer between 2008 and 2013. The former president of the Association for Communications Administration in 1994, he was also the president of the National Communications Association from 1982 to 1983 and the Central States Communication Association from 1974 to 1975. He continues to serve as a consultant for the American Society for the Alexander Technique since 2013.
As a testament to his professional success, Dr. Andersen has accrued several accolades throughout his impressive career. Named the 15th National Communication Ethics Conference James A. Jaksa in Scholar and Residence by Duquesne University in 2018, he was also inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Central States Communications Association in 2008 and was honored with the Tacey Award from the American Association of University Professors in 1998. In 1994, he was presented with the Distinguished Service Award from the National Communications Association, and Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha gave him the Service Award and Distinguished Alumni Award in 1979 and 1983, respectively. Dr. Andersen was further awarded the Outstanding Young Teachers Speech Award from the Central States Communication Association in 1962.
Married to Mary Klaaren Andersen, Ph.D., since 1964, Dr. Andersen is the proud father of one son and three grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys attending the theater, opera and concerts. Notably, he has been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in the Midwest.
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