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Susan Millsap , Ph.D.

Susan Millsap

Professor , Director of Forensics
Department of

p/ 614.823.3386
e/ SMillsap@otterbein.edu
Office: 33 Collegeview Rd, C120


  • PhD 1995 The Ohio State University
  • MA 1982 University of Tennessee
  • BA 1980 West Chester University

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Argumentation
  • Debate
  • Oral Interpretation
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication Research
  • Communication Apprehension in the Classroom


  • “The Use of Oral Interpretation in the Secondary Classroom.” Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri, 41 Fall 2011.
  • “Gender Bias in NFA-LD: An examination of participation rates and a content analysis of NFA-LD ballots.” Journal of the National Forensics Association, 24 Spring 2006.
  • “Musical Remakes: A Rhetorical Criticism.” The Forensic, 89: 2 Summer 2004 .
  • “Rumors, Reality, and NFA - Lincoln Douglas Debate” The Advocate, Winter 2002.
  • “The Benefits of Forensics Across the Curriculum: An Opportunity to Expand the Visibility of College Forensics.” The Forensic, 84: 1, Fall 1998.
  • “A Feminist Perspective on Argumentation: A Narrative.” The Forensic, 83: 3, Spring 1998.
  • “Reflections on Solvency in Quasi-Policy Resolutions.” The CEDA Yearbook, 1986 with Scott Millsap.

Personal Biography

My research in argumentation has looked at gender differences in how we approach and use argument and debate. I have looked at this from a theoretical level with the use of feminist theory as well as from an applied practical level in how this manifests itself in the competitive debate community. My second main area of research is in how we communicate within the classroom setting. I’ve explored use of oral interpretation and drama as a pedagogic method across disciplines to engage students in the classroom and thus improve learning.

/ Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

p / 614.823.1556

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