Prof. Christopher Outzen
Communication Safezone Ally
MFA-Forensics, Class of 2014
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Thesis: "It's Not About You": Exploring the Liminal Experiences of Graduate Forensic Coaches
BA General Communication, Class of 2011
University of Northern Iowa
I have been a faculty member in the department of Communication at Truman State University since fall 2014. I also serve as the director of the Truman Forensic Union, working with our state and national award-winning speech and debate program. I grew up in Iowa and attended UNI for my BA in Communication, where I fell in love with the study of the spoken word. I went on to graduate school at Minnesota State University, Mankato and earned my MFA-Forensics. I joined the faculty at Truman in Fall 2014.
My research primarily focuses on forensics (speech/debate) as an opportunity for experiential communication education, specifically in the question of the culture of forensics and the experiences of forensic faculty/staff. I am also interested in issues of critical communication pedagogy, identity performance, and the rhetoric of social movements, especially queer and feminist movements.