Dr. Star Muir honored as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow by the Eastern Communication Association

Dr. Star Muir honored as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow by the Eastern Communication Association
Star Muir (left) and Janette Muir, associate provost for academic initiatives and services at George Mason University, at the Eastern Communication Association Award ceremony Providence, Rhode Island, April 2019.

A Communication faculty member has been named a Distinguished Teaching Fellow by the Eastern Communication Association. 

Star Muir, associate professor, teaches and coordinates the writing-intensive course for communication majors, rhetorical theory and criticism. He was honored at the association’s annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island this April.

The award recognizes faculty with a career of teaching excellence in the field of communication.

“Star sets a high bar and challenges his students, but he also provides the necessary support through engaging content, clear instruction, and detailed feedback,” said Melissa Broeckelman-Post, associate professor and director of the basic courses in communication. “He has been a pioneer in experimenting with new educational technologies making high-quality learning available in face-to-face, hybrid, and online course contexts.”

“Star invests significant time in his students, whether it is through developing video lectures (including some delivered by costumed “guests”) or individualized consultations during office hours,” Broeckelman-Post said.  “As Star’s next-door office neighbor, I cannot help but overhear some of the conversations with students, and I am consistently humbled by and impressed with the clarity of his feedback, human-centered care, and authenticity.”

A former debate coach for Mason, Muir received the David J. King Teaching Excellence Award from George Mason University in 2018.  He holds a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

In addition to teaching, Muir is a leader on campus and in his scholarly field.  He is president of the National Communication Association.

“Dr. Star Muir is a valuable member of the Mason community,” said Anne Nicotera, professor and chair of communication.  “His gifts extend far beyond the classroom. He is a leader in our field and at the university. As he is always helpful and wise, I depend on him for many things, and I am so proud to call him my colleague and friend."

For more information about the award, please contact Anne Nicotera, professor and communication department chair, anicoter@gmu.edu or Muir, smuir@gmu.edu

 

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