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Keith Hardeman

Keith Hardeman

Professor of Speech Communication
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  • Communication and Fine Arts


Keith Hardeman is a professor of speech communication and has taught at Westminster College since 1990.

He grew up in Southern California and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University at Long Beach. He taught there for two years as a teaching fellow at CSULB. He then joined the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, and is still an avid UNI Panther football and basketball fan (in addition to following his SoCal teams, the Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Long Beach, USC, and UCLA).

Professor Hardeman has received numerous teaching awards and has taught various courses in interpersonal communication, business communication, and public address. In addition, he has extended into public relations and occasionally dabbled in political communication. His research interests focus mainly on speech education and issues in higher education. He has nearly 50 professional conference presentations and has had many academic articles published in state and national journals.

On the personal side of things, he is very happily married, and he and his wife, Shelley, have two adult children. He loves the outdoors, and, in particular, biking on the Katy Trail and hiking. By far, his favorite hike culminated in making it to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park in Northern California. He is also fortunate to get back to Southern California occasionally where he loves going to the beach to ride waves on a bodyboard.

He is proudly involved in various types of community service. His SPE 101 class has a service-learning assignment, and students have raised $4000 over the years for various organizations ranging from The Ronald McDonald House to the American Lung Association to Operation Smile to Special Olympics. He’s been a regular blood donor for the American Red Cross, and he’s donated more than 125 pints of blood. He’s also done a lot of fundraising and volunteer work with the American Cancer Society and has personally raised about $50,000 for the ACS.

While he loves being active, some of his favorite times are spent relaxing alone at Panera Bread. He is often there in the early morning munching on an everything bagel or pumpkin muffin, drinking piping hot coffee, and losing himself in a book while listening to rock or contemporary jazz on his iPod.

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