Spent 15 years teaching public speaking and introduction to communication classes both full-time and part-time on the college level. I have worked with many of the textbooks and with a variety of types of supervisors. The last class I taught over a five-year period was an introduction to communication course with a focus on public speaking but it also contained units on interpersonal communication and group dynamics. I am taking the 2012-2013 school year off to complete a writing project.
Since public speaking is so often a required course, I was committed to making it interesting. I use a lot of videoclips from TV and movies and work in a lot of contemporary examples. I spent years searching textbooks, instructor's manuals, and popular literature to find activities and examples that would be instructive and interesting. My ratemyprofessor.com comments have been positive for the last several years.
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Master's degree in speech communication, Indiana University.
I have already set up a blog site collecting and describing many of the activities and videos that I used in class along with general advice from my own experiences. Find the blog at teachingpublicspeaking.wordpress.com. I am using TpT to post complete lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and details on activities that I have created myself. If you want information on any public speaking or interpersonal communication topic, please let me know.