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Skegee Spotlight: Dr. Jennifer Bender

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style= Dr. Jennifer Bender, professor of communication studies, not only lays out the foundational work for Tuskegee University's leading communication students, there is more as it offers students the opportunity to learn than Communications are an excellent area to begin your workplace.

Bender is a health and interpersonal communication scholar with expertise in the subject areas of communication in close relationships, non-verbal communication, business and professionals, and communication and ethics. She received her BA, MA, and Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in 2019. She is currently serving as an assistant professor in communication studies for the Department of Modern Languages, Communication, and Philosophy at Tuskegee University.

“I started in 2019 and continue to work with young academics in our community. I am heading into my third year in a permanent position and working closely with many service learning opportunities, such as leading the Community Outreach Committee, ”noted Bender.

For Bender, coming to teach at Tuskegee University was the best option he could have imagined.

"Communication is a vital skill in any field, and it is the most desirable and marketable trait," he explained. “The Tuskegee community is flourishing and communication is key to everything we do, both verbally and non-verbally. The Tuskegee Communication Studies program is growing and our department is delighted to have such wonderful and honorable scholars. ”

Leading students to success

Bender says that being a communications teacher gives her the opportunity to get students out of their areas of comfort.

“Seeing a student speak in public who is afraid to speak and then seeing that student muster up the courage to get on the podium is the real achievement; I am very proud of our students, ”she said.

Recently, the Tuskegee University Communication Honor Society, (Lambda Pi Eta's, Alpha Epsilon Nu Chapter) received the Chapter of the Year Award, and Bender will also receive the Senior Panel Award and a National Teaching Award from the Association. National Communication Association.

Bender says that this year, eight students from the Tuskegee program were accepted into the honor society and will benefit from a free one-year membership to the National Communication Association, a graduate fair. , useful seminars and free access to materials and texts through the national website.

“As a strong representative of our National Communication Association, I serve in various leadership and management roles. A strength of Tuskegee representation at our annual conference is the scholarship opportunities for students, especially those with good grades. In addition, the career fair will help guide young leaders in communication studies on the path to success, ”explained Bender.

A Growing Program

field, ”he explained. "Communication studies are a broad field encompassing small groups, interpersonal communication, non-verbal communication, ethical communication, communication research, and most other skills that are practical and useful in the workforce," he continued.

Bender added that almost anything can be done with a degree in communication, including public relations, human resources, sports media, health communication; obtaining a degree in communication is highly sought after and a reputable graduate field.

In addition to his honors in communication, Bender will have his second chance to participate in the highly competitive National Association President's Task Force. She will represent Tuskegee University and have the opportunity to serve on a committee to address mental health disparities among underrepresented populations.

For more information on Lambda Pi Eta and its criteria for placement in the program, visit In the Tuskegee chapter, the Alpha Epsilon Nu advisor is Dr. Jennifer Bender, she can be reached at

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