As Director, Amy Gaffney’s responsibilities include wrangling peer consultants for the OCC’s tutoring program, working with faculty and courses on speaking assignments, and pulling together a variety of activities on campus including two speaking competitions. She teaches a course on genres of oral communication each fall. Amy has directed the OCC since 2016. Amy’s scholarship focuses on the role communication plays in the classroom as well as ways to teach communication. She co-authored “Oral Communication in the Disciplines” and has consulted with departments and institutions looking to increase their curricular attention to oral communication. She was happy to return to her roots at a small, liberal arts institution like her alma mater, Bethany College (WV). She has taught a variety of communication courses to Golden Flashes (Kent State University, M.A. in Communication Studies), the Wolfpack (North Carolina State University, Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media), and Wildcats (University of Kentucky faculty member). When not in the OCC, Amy can usually be found creating awesome race tracks with her older son or doing puzzles with her toddler.
The ability to speak and write in a clear, organized, and effective way is a central part of the liberal arts education at Hamilton College. The Oral Communication Center’s mission is to support the development of students’ speaking abilities. Through peer tutoring, the OCC assists students on a variety of types of communication assignments. Additionally, the OCC provides support for faculty developing speaking assignments, and hosts several public speaking competitions each year and other events centered on oral communication.
The Oral Communication Center has its roots in the College’s focus on developing excellent communicators. The Center was created in 2002 and has served countless Hamilton students since then.