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Spring 2024 CWSP Speaking Faculty Engagement Sessions

The teaching of writing and speaking across the disciplines is way of understanding meaning making in different social, cultural, and disciplinary contexts. These engagement sessions focus on an inclusive understanding of disciplinary meaning making that promotes linguistic diversity, multiple modalities, and the productive differences in patterns of meaning from one context to another. Sessions will focus on writing and speaking assignments, in-class activities, and assessments that are applicable across student populations and honor vernacular, academic, and professional language use.

Spring 2024 Engagement Sessions

Classroom Connections for Public Advocacy: Supporting Student Voices for Democracy

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

Faculty will be introduced to simple, inclusive, and creative classroom activities that support student voices as public advocates. Rounds of discussion will generate custom ideas, critical questions, and planning efforts to meet individual classroom needs. 

Facilitated by: Dr. Spoma Jovanovic is Professor Emerita of Communication Studies, UNC Greensboro. She is a nationally recognized, multiple award-winning community engagement scholar whose career has advanced advocacy, activism, and collaboration in our communities.

Assessing and Addressing Communication Apprehension and Anxiety

Thursday, March 7, 2024
10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom

Decades of research has correlated fear of communicating in public speaking, interpersonal, conversational, or group settings with negative academic and personal outcomes. This workshop introduces participants to the standard assessment tool for measuring levels of communication apprehension and many techniques shown to improve confidence in communicating.

Facilitated by: CWSP co-directors, Dr. Kirsti Cole and Dr. Roy Schwartzman.