Associate Professor of Communication Arts, Department Chair, and Director of Debate
Webster F. Drake, Ph.D., received his B.A. degree in communication and history in 1992 from Mississippi College, his M.A. in communication studies from the University of North Texas in 1995, and his Ph.D. in communication in 2001 from Louisiana State University. He has also done post-graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Prior to joining Union University as Associate Professor and of Communication Arts and Director of Debate in 2008, Dr. Drake served as Assistant Professor of Speech and Theater at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. While at MC, he began their debate program as well as serving as director of the speech and theater programs. He became the chair of the Department of Communication Arts in 2009. Since its beginning in 2008, the Union Debate Team has won the International Public Debate Association’s championship tournament twice, the novice season-long sweepstakes championship three times, and the varsity season-long sweepstakes championship twice. The team has amassed multiple individual debate and speaker awards as well.
- Additional Study, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Ph.D, Louisiana State University
- M.A., University of North Texas
- B.A., Mississippi College
Web Drake, associate professor of communication arts and department chair, said teaching at Union allows him to interact with students who want to make a difference. The predominant emphasis of the communication department is mass media, which Drake said is a culture-making discipline.
“We get students who want to make culture,” he said. “We get students who want to engage with the larger culture and make an impact, and because we are excellence-driven, we give them the skills to do jus...READ MORE