Faculty & Staff
Barbara F. Sims, serves as a tenured associate professor of speech communications and director of forensics at Alderson-Broaddus College. With over 40 years of experience teaching and coaching at the college, she is the senior faculty member at A-B, and has always considered her career as full-time Christian service.
Sims 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 she 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. A-B 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 A-B: Shannon with a degree in communications and Dorsey with a degree in computer science.
In addition to teaching and coaching, Sims enjoys traveling, music, cooking, and grooming and showing Irish Setters.
Among the courses Sims teaches are Success in Communication, Speaking Effectively, Interpersonal Communication, Debate: Critical Thinking and Decision Making, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Dynamics of Advanced Public Speaking, Individual Events, Intercollegiate Debate, and Careers and Assessment.