Speaking Center

Summer 2021

May 17th – July 22nd


(540) 654-1347

The Speaking Center is open this summer for online appointments. Please, contact us by email or phone especially if you are experiencing difficulties. Our consultants are here to support you remotely as we continue to practice physical distancing. We wish all Eagles studying this session the best of luck.

Our summer hours are more limited than during the spring and fall semesters:

Sunday evening: 6:00-8:00PM

Monday – Thursday: 12:00-1:00PM

Thursday evening: 6:00-8:00PM

Be sure to select an appointment type with the word “online” in it.

You can schedule an online appointment through EAB by clicking “Schedule an Appointment” on the left of this page. There you will learn about what types of online appointments are available, how to participate in an online consultation, and what to do if you do not have high-speed internet access. Rest assured that your consultant will contact you with a Zoom.us link and instructions for your consultation.

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

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

Follow the SPKC on:

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


Below are several newly-created resources

to assist both students and faculty with online learning and instruction.


For Faculty

Professor Adrienne Brovero is the new Speaking Center Director effective fall 2020. Please contact her via email (abrovero@umw.edu) to schedule a virtual class visit from an SPKC consultant. Get to know Adrienne in this Changes to the Speaking Center video.

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.


Online Speech Videos

Speaking Center consultants have created a series of tutorials that touch on the topics that they are most often asked to speak about. The videos are in the YouTube playlist below, and can be found on the UMW Speaking Center YouTube Channel. Each video is shareable and can be embedded on course Canvas pages. The playlist includes: 1) Speaking Center FAQs , 2) Introduction to the Speaking Center, 3) Communication Apprehension, 4) Class Discussion, 5) Presentation Basics, 6) Group Presentations, 7) Tips for Making Response Videos, 8) Visual Aids, 8) Virtual Presentation and Recording, and 10) What not to do when you have to present online.

Using Zoom to Give (and Record) an Online Presentation – thanks to Speaking Center consultant Maya Jenkins for her help in preparing this handout that offers advice and guidance on how to use Zoom to give your online presentation.




The Speaking Center is here to help you with all of your communication needs. Our consultants can help you with your class presentation, group project, or other SI-related assignment.

We can also help you:

-prepare for interviews,

-produce attention-getting presentation visuals,

-and develop effective communication practices for interpersonal,

group, public speaking, and mediated communication settings.


Follow us on:

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

    •   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.