Barbara F. Sims, tenured associate professor of communications and director of forensics, was named the 2011 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year at the 140th Commencement of Alderson Broaddus University on Saturday, May 7. The award is presented annually by the AB University Student Government Association with a $1,000 cash prize for the faculty person and $1,000 for their academic department.

With over 40 years of experience teaching and coaching at the college, Sims is the senior faculty member at AB University.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education with double teaching fields in mathematics and speech communications from Fairmont State College, a Master of Arts degree in rhetoric and public address from West Virginia University, and has completed additional graduate work at WVU in higher education administration.  She continues to take courses each year through the Eastern Communication and National Communication Associations to learn the latest research in her fields.

Sims’ speech and debate teams have a long history of wins on the state, regional, and international levels. AB University won the WVIFA State Championships from 2007-2010, placed second in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the International Forensic Association tournament in London in 2008, and won the overall Collegiate Forensic Association Championship from 2008-2010.

Sims serves as the Executive Secretary of the WV Intercollegiate Forensic Association, and as a member of the Eastern Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the International Forensic Association.

A frequent speaker for civic, professional and religious organizations, Sims conducts speech and debate workshops for high schools in WV.  She is a published writer and a panelist at many regional, national and international conferences.

Both of Sims’s children are graduates of AB University: Shannon, with a degree in communications and Dorsey, with a degree in computer science. She has one grandson, Christopher.

In addition to teaching and coaching, Sims enjoys traveling, music, cooking, and grooming and showing Irish Setters.

Pictured above are Barbara Sims and Jennifer Daddysman, President of the AB University Student Government Association.