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Ms. Kuntzman is a Senior Lecturer and the Internship Director for the Department of Communication Studies. She has held this position since August 2005. Previously, she served as the Director of Forensics from 2001 to 2005. As a senior lecturer, Ms. Kuntzman makes regular use of the moodle learning management system to offer power points presentations, weekly quizzes, a calendar of events, and other important class information. Special speakers and hands on learning exercises are utilized in all courses when appropriate. Ms. Kuntzman planned, developed, and taught one of the first fully online courses for the department, Interpersonal Communication, in fall 2011/spring 2012. Specific courses taught include undergraduate courses in public speaking, advanced public speaking, interpersonal communication, argumentation and debate, and business communication.
As the Internship Director, Ms. Kuntzman is responsible for directing and supervising all activities related to the department’s internship program. This includes all recruitment and promotion efforts, communicating with companies/organizations about the internship program, prescreening all potential interns to determine eligibility, maintaining all student files and documentation, assessing current interns progress through an early and final evaluation, and maintaining website content for the internship webpages and online orientation. Ms. Kuntzman planned, promoted, and executed two departmental internship fairs and continues to collaborate with the University Career Center to advertise and post internship opportunities through Hire-A-Niner.
As the Director of Forensics, she coached and directed the debate practicum/forensic team, as well as traveled to more than 30 competitive speaking tournaments where she judged multiple individual events. She also advised the university’s chapter of the Pi Kappa Delta and was the lieutenant governor for the southeastern province of Pi Kappa Delta.
Additional service at the university level includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Employment Readiness (LASER) taskforce, the University Professional Internship Program (UPIP) Faculty Advisory Committee, the Washington Center Scholarship Committee, the University Professional Internship Program Selection Committee, Student Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, University Professional Internship Program Manager Search Committee, Faculty Associate to the Freshmen Learning Community, two Introduction to Public Speaking textbook selection committees, reviewer for an Argumentation and Debate textbook, Advantage Program mentor, and departmental representative to Explore UNCC.
Her teaching career started in 1995 when she was awarded a teaching assistantship at Marshall University and later was awarded the Catherine Cummings Pedagogy Award for excellence in teaching.