Department of Communication

News Archive

Speaking Seminar Fellow Wins Teaching Award
G. Elisabeta (Liz) Marai, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, has won a departmental award for the course, CS 1699: Immersive Software Engineering, that she developed following the Speaking in the Disciplines seminar. The course made it into the top 4% of the courses taught in the School of Arts and Sciences, based on student evaluations and feedback. “I've learned and used so much from the Speaking seminar. This class wouldn't have been possible without” it, said Prof. Marai.  She called it an “outstanding program, and highly recommended.”

Faculty Win Grant for Multimedia Training Materials
The Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence funded in 2009“Improving Undergraduate Education: Instructional Resources for Teaching Assistants (A Multimedia Website and DVD,” a collaborative effort by professors Ronald Zboray (Communication), Joseph Grabowski (Chemistry) and Barbara Kucinski (Psychology).  The project produced short videos that model strategies of teaching and oral communication in the classroom.

New Director for Speaking in the Disciplines
Dr. Janet Skupien was appointed Director of the Speaking in the Disciplines initiative.  She brings 18 years of experience teaching in the Communication department of the University of Pittsburgh and a longstanding interest in helping all students become active communicators in the classroom.

CxC Alumna Receives Prestigious Grant for Assessing Oral Communication
The Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence will fund Claire Bradin Siskin’s teaching project, “A Tool for Assessing Oral Proficiency in Foreign Languages.”

14 Faculty Awarded $1,000 Fellowships for Completing Spring 2007 CxC Faculty Seminar
Sponsored by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Regina Schulte-Ladbeck, 14 faculty were awarded certificates and $1000.00 each for completing the semester-long CxC Faculty Seminar.

CxC Faculty Seminar Reunion on April 4
Annual event celebrates four years of successful seminars and over 80 seminar graduates.

Faculty Speak about CxC Experiences in Teaching Times
The Spring 2007 issue of the Teaching Times features excellent teachers and, in three cases, the influence the CxC Faculty Seminar has had on pedagogical development.

Undergraduate Speaker Series
The CxC Undergraduate Speaker Series offers students the opportunity to hear from prominent public figures about the role of communication across various professions.

CxC Program Featured in University Times
Increased enrollment in faculty seminars, CxC reunion, undergraduate speaker series, and increased interest in CxC initiatives all caught the attention of the University Times.

10 Faculty Receive CxC Fellowships in Fall
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Regina Schulte-Ladbeck, awards 10 CxC fellowships in Fall 2006 to professors across the School of Arts and Sciences—from Anthropology to Statistics—who have completed the CxC Faculty Seminar. Faculty names are listed in this article in the Teaching Times.

Students Publish Article as Result of CxC Course (PDF)
Students in Adam Roth’s Communicating in Business, Professional, and Workplace Environments course were split into groups of two and competed to have articles they wrote as a writing and service learning assignment in class chosen for publication in the National Aviary’s magazine, Bird Calls. Two University of Pittsburgh Communication majors, Jason Whalen and Dana Haakensen, received a byline in the November 2006 issue of Bird Calls.

CxC Faculty Seminar Co-Facilitators Present at Teaching Excellence Fair
Adam Roth (Communication) and Beth Matway (English) presented CxC theories and ideas to faculty from across the University at the Teaching Excellence Fair.

Communication Department Assists Faculty Across Disciplines to Integrate Speaking Skills
New graduate practicum and department speaking lab work to promote and facilitate speaking across the curriculum.

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