The Department of Speech, Theater and Dance recognizes that public speaking skills are essential for career success and civic participation. In addition to speech courses that expose students to the skills, understandings and competencies necessary in effective public speech performances, the department sponsors the UT Center for Public Speaking. The center’s mission is to enhance oral communication skills and offer support services at The University of Tampa. We provide one-to-one tutoring and small group workshops with peer tutors. This free service is available to all students, faculty and staff.
Speaking Center services include:
- Speech topic brainstorming, selection and focus
- Speech organization and outlining guidelines and suggestions
- Delivery assessment and feedback for improvement
- Evaluation of presentation aids
- Support in managing public speaking anxiety and communication apprehension
Speaking Center hours for Fall 2015:
- Sunday 6–9 p.m. Library 152
- Monday 9 a.m.–7 p.m. ED 128
- Tuesday 10 a.m.–8 p.m. ED 128
- Wednesday 9 a.m.–8 p.m. ED 128
- Thursday 10 a.m.–7 p.m. ED 128
- Friday 9 a.m.–1 p.m. ED 128
What to bring to a Speaking Center session:
- The assignment description (and grading rubric if available) for the oral communication assignment
- Specific instructions from your professor
- Questions to ask the peer tutor or problems you want to discuss
Visit the Speaking Center:
- Edison, Room 128 (#47 on campus map)
The UT Center for Public Speaking hosts a speech contest once a semester and is open to all students. Speeches may be informative or persuasive, on any topic, and five to seven minutes in length. Speeches are scored on strength of thesis and performance quality. Grand prize is $150. View registration form and contest guidelines, or contact Juliane Mora, assistant professor of speech.
The UT Center for Public Speaking also sponsors the Speech and Debate Club. The mission of the club is to work in conjunction with the UT Center for Public Speaking to enhance oral communication skills and offer support services to the UT community, develop the oratory skills of club members, engage in speaking opportunities and compete in forensic competitions.
For more information, contact Daniela Ramirez, president of the Speech and Debate Club.