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Meet Dr. Cole Franklin

" 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' " Jeremiah 29:11

Dr. Cole Franklin has more than 27 years of teaching experience in higher education and currently serves as Professor of Communication and coach of the ETBU Debate Team. He served as Chair of the Department of Communication from 2008 to 2020. Dr. Franklin has served at numerous public and private universities including Louisiana College, Mississippi College, Louisiana State University at Alexandria, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He earned a B.A. in Communication Arts from Louisiana College, a M.A. in Communication from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from The University of Southern Mississippi. His publications include: "IPDA and academic debate: Honing necessary life skills" (2016), "Ethos: The strongest proof of all" (2016), "The IPDA’s Pasts, Presents, and Futures" (2015), "Classroom Strategies for Engaging Students with Physical Disabilities: A Case Study" (2011), "Holy, Holy, Holy: The use of rhetoric and the reshaping of college campus: A case study" (2009), and "A case study of structuration theory: Decision logic in a large Southern Baptist church" (2007). Dr. Franklin believes that Christian higher education provides a vehicle to positively transform students' lives academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.