Betty farmer


Betty Farmer, professor of communication at Western Carolina University and communication consultant, has been named Instructor of the Year, South Region, by the University Professional & Continuing Education Association.

Farmer was honored during UPCEA’s virtual awards ceremony Oct. 20.

“I’m so honored to receive UPCEA’s 2021 Instructor of the Year for the South region, and I want to also recognize Jill Thompson, associate director for professional development, who facilitated the delivery of my courses, and Julia Duvall, public communication specialist, who promoted our programs,” Farmer said. “This award is a great example of teamwork making the dream work.”

Farmer helped Educational Outreach develop a High Impact Leadership program that launched in 2017 and has continued to develop and deliver professional development workshops in managerial and supervisory communication, change communication and emotional intelligence.

In nominating her for the award, Thompson wrote: “She is so well liked by participants that she has developed a following – several repeat customers attend her workshops, and many of her trainings have filled to capacity and/or have generated significant registrations. Most recently, Farmer combined several communication related workshops for women into a Communication Strategies Certificate for Women. Within one month of marketing, it’s drawn more attention than any of the other certificate programs. All the programs Farmer teaches can be adapted to an online live format or hybrid options. This helped our department maintain a steady stream of revenue during the pandemic.”

UPCEA’s South Region consists of 14 states. For more information about UPCEA, visit