Jordan Compton, M.A.
and Assistant Director of Forensics
Bolivar, MO 65613
Education and Professional Background: Mr. Jordan Compton earned his M.A. from Missouri State University (2008) with a focus in political communication and his B.A. in Communication and English from SBU (2005). Before returning to SBU in the Instructor capacity he was the Assistant Director of Forensics at Ottawa University.
Professional Activity: Beyond his classroom responsibilities, Mr. Compton serves as Assistant Director of Forensics. He also spends a great deal of time working on research and conference presentations. His research areas fall under two spectrums: political and sports communication (with emphasis on image repair). His thesis, Mixing Friends with Politics: A Functional Analysis of Presidential Candidate's Social Networking Websites explored the strategies politicians used while creating their Facebook and Myspace pages. He regularly presents his scholarship at the National Communication Association convention and various regional communication conferences. His latest research "Unsports(wo)manlike Conduct: An Image Repair Analysis of Elizabeth Lambert, The University of New Mexico, and the NCAA" was presented at a Mirror of our Culture: Sport and Society in America, and has been accepted as a chapter in the book Repairing the Athlete's Image.
Hobbies and Interests: In his free time he enjoys watching sports and Keeping his Netflix DVDs in constant rotation. When he is not at a Forensics tournament you will often find Mr. Compton at Arrowhead or Kaufman Stadium cheering on his beloved Chiefs and Royals. He also enjoys playing video games, singing in the car, and grilling the best hamburgers you can imagine.