Speaking Center

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(540) 654-1347

The UMW Speaking Center, one of the few college speaking centers in the country, is proudly a leader in oral communication tutoring.

Our mission to advance the liberal arts goals of Mary Washington is fulfilled daily by our talented and dedicated staff. To learn more about the students who run the Center, visit the “Staff” page in the left sidebar.

As of May 16, 2022, we will be open for summer virtual consultations.  Schedule today on EAB Tools or reach out with any questions.

The gold standard for all of your oral communication needs.

Our consultants are trained to assist in every type of oral communication; from thesis defense to wedding speeches and everything in between, we’re here to help.

Consultants also assist in:

– Job interview preparation

– Visual aids and slide construction

– Handling speaking apprehension

– Becoming the best oral communicator you can be!



Need an appointment? To schedule, learn more about appointment types, and learn about online consultations, visit EAB Tools or the “Schedule an Appointment” tab on the left sidebar.

Your consultant will be in touch shortly after an appointment is scheduled.


Speaking Center Director: Prof. Adrienne Brovero  abrovero@umw.edu

Academic Support Centers Manager: Heather Guhl  hguhl@umw.edu

Follow us on social media for tips, tricks, and updates on our services:

Facebook – @umwspkc     /     Twitter – @UMWSPKC     /     Instagram  – @umwspeakingcenter


For Faculty

Professor Adrienne Brovero is the Speaking Center Director effective fall 2020. Get to know Adrienne in this Changes to the Speaking Center video.

To schedule a fall 2022 class visit from an SPKC consultant, please complete this sign-up survey.

Faculty can find demo videos and a copy of the “Moving Oral Comm Assignments Online” on the Using Video for Student Presentations page under Faculty Resources.

Faculty can also find suggestions for SI assignments while remote teaching, along with instructions about how to find student reports of consultations on EAB on the Faculty Resources page.

    •   Our Mission Statement

      The mission of the Speaking Center is to support the objective of the Speaking Intensive Program, which in turn supports the liberal arts goals of the University of Mary Washington.

      The center is committed to aiding development of oral communication skills aimed towards effectively communicating a diversity of views. Specifically, our goal is to provide individualized consultation sessions and printed, audio-visual, and web resources to assist the university community in achieving its liberal arts education goals.

      The Center houses a collection of instructional resources (books, handouts, videotapes and equipment) which address a variety of topics ranging from public speaking anxiety to constructing effective visual aids. Consultants are available to videotape practice presentations and to provide feedback. The Center adheres strictly to the university’s Honor Code: consultants will not compose any portion of a presentation for a student nor will they do research for a student’s presentation. Consultants are also prepared to offer advice on special types of oral communication activities such as speeches, group presentations, debates or interviews.