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Department of Communication Studies

URI Speaking Center

002 Davis Hall

401-874-2284 (Call us!) (e-mail us!)

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Spring 2013 Schedule

Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcomed

Monday 8AM–10AM; 12PM–4PM
Tuesday 8AM–4:30PM
Wednesday 8AM–4PM
Thursday 8AM–4:30PM
Friday 8AM–4PM

Director: Adam David Roth, Ph.D.
Assistant Directors:
Allison Smith and Collin Syfert

The URI Speaking Center provides assistance for students who want to improve their public speaking skills, or manage issues regarding speech apprehension and anxiety.

Peer tutors in the the Center ensure that students are adequately trained to prepare, develop, and deliver oral presentations in their classes, providing supplemental support for classroom instruction. To facilitate the mission of the Center, the staff uses digital video technology to record and edit student speeches for playback and critique - a critical tool proven effective for developing students' public speaking skills.

The URI Speaking Center also serves to prepare students for the inevitable teacher with studentexpectation of effective public speaking in their careers. According to the 2008 Job Outlook Survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), communication skills were ranked, for the ninth consecutive year, at the top of the list of qualities employers find most important in job candidates.

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You can work in the URI Speaking Center for academic and internship CREDIT!

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