Communications professor receives 2013 Distinguished Professor Award

Paula Bennett has been awarded Missouri Baptist University’s 2013 Distinguished Professor Award.


Paula Bennett, assistant professor of communications, receives the University’s 2013 Distinguished Professor Award.

“Paula Bennett has been a driving force behind the growth of the University’s communications programs,” said Dr. Arlen Dykstra, MBU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The wealth of professional experience she brings to the classroom, along with a passion for her area of study, has prepared a countless number of budding communicators to enter the ever changing communications industry.”

Bennett is an assistant professor of communications at Missouri Baptist University. In 2007 Bennett said farewell to a 28-year-long profession as an engineer with KSDK-TV in order to join the full-time faculty ranks of Missouri Baptist University. Bennett had taught in an adjunct capacity at MBU since 2000.

She works tirelessly to help provide her students with necessary experience to begin a range of careers in TV news and videography. Bennett oversees the video component of Timeline, the University’s student news media service. She has revolutionized the University’s campus TV newscast, including partnering with Timeline Online to teach her students convergence journalism, and has established a strategic plan that provides video coverage of the University’s many events.

She has worked to overhaul the University’s broadcast technology, helping to create a state-of-the-art communications laboratory and studio for the students she teaches.