Published on February 12, 2015  

Samford Communication Studies alumna Erin Basinger '08 has earned the Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for Graduate Teaching Assistants at the University of Illinois. After leaving Samford, Basinger completed a master's degree in Speech Communication at the University of Georgia. She is currently completing her doctoral degree in Communication at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

"We are exceptionally proud of Erin and all that she has accomplished," said Communication Studies Department chair Rhonda Parker. "Undoubtedly, her future holds many more awards and accolades."
 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.