Speaking Center Director & Staff
Dr. Anand Rao, Speaking Intensive Program and Speaking Center Director Anand received his Bachelors degree in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992. Following his interest in the history and philosophy of science, he entered the Rhetoric of Science program at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a Masters of Arts in 1994, and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and communication in 1996. In 1995, Anand joined Clarion University as an assistant professor in the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre, where he also served as director of the speech & debate team. While at Clarion, Anand started an active public debate series and moved the speech and debate team back into the more competitive and challenging format of policy debate. He was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2000, and served as chair of the Faculty Senate in 2001. In 2002, Anand joined the faculty at Mary Washington as an associate professor and Director of the Speaking Intensive Program. Excited to be a part of the Mary Washington community, Anand enjoys working with UMW students and faculty, and looks forward to working with the SI program. Anand’s areas of specialty in communication studies include visual rhetoric, argumentation, rhetorical criticism, rhetorical studies of science and public address. He teaches a variety of courses in speech, including public speaking, small group communication, argumentation, and upper-level courses in communication and rhetorical theory, including Environmental Rhetoric, Visual Rhetoric, and Intellectual Foundations of Communication.
Catie is in the UMW Masters of Education program to become a high school English teacher. She was a consultant in the Speaking Center as an undergrad for two and a half years and apparently just couldn’t leave. In her hypothetical free time, Catie enjoys reading and writing (the trademarks of an English major) as well as being outdoors and hanging out with friends.
Miranda is a sophomore Geology major who enjoys watching TV, reading, and listening to music. This is her first year as a consultant at the Speaking Center.
Victoria has been a member of the Speaking Center staff since the Spring of 2014. In addition to working in the SPKC, Victoria is a runner for UMW’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams, a piano teacher, majoring in English and considers herself a Harry Potter aficionado.
Madison is a sophomore at UMW. She is a member of the Women’s Rugby team and is a Washington Guide. Madison is a Biology major and aspires to be a Physical Therapist. In her free time she likes to dance and sing but says that she is not particularly good at either one.