Paula McKenzie

Title: Associate Professor
Company: Bethune-Cookman University
Location: Daytona Beach Florida, United States

Paula McKenzie, Associate Professor at Bethune-Cookman University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in teaching communications.

Since 2004, Dr. McKenzie has prospered as an associate professor of communications with Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida, where she serves as faculty advisor for the National Society of Leadership and Success and coaches the Thurgood Marshall debate team. Her research on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune’s speech “What Does American Democracy Mean to Me?” was published in the Florida Communication Journal and was cited for excellence in reviews. Her honors include an Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Service to Students Awards from the National Society for Leadership and Success. In addition, Dr. McKenzie served three mayors with the District of Columbia Commission for Women and with the Board of Directors for the National Woman’s Party in Washington.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of West Florida, Pensacola in 1974, Dr. McKenzie followed with a Master of Science in speech communication and rhetoric from Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, in 1983 and later continued her education with a Doctor of Philosophy in intercultural communication and rhetoric from Howard University, Washington, in 2003.

According to Dr. McKenzie, she chose communication as her major in college because she believed that finding one’s voice was paramount. As she explored the field, she knew she had found her major interest for life: helping others find their voice or amplifying that voice to make a difference in the world. In the near term, she is hoping to attain a full professorship with Bethune-Cookman.

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