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Gaffney Co-Authors Oral Communication Book


Director of the Oral Communication Center Amy Gaffney is the co-author of a book published recently by Parlor Press. Oral Communication in the Disciplines: A Resource for Teacher Development and Training was written with Deanna Dannels of North Carolina State University and Patricia Palmerton of Hamline University.

Among the topics covered in the book are the rationale for using oral communication as an instructional tool in various courses, student performance complexities unique to oral communication assignments and activities and the evaluation of oral communication assignments.

The book also includes decision-making templates and examples of activities and assignments that help promote communication competency. Strategies for creating rubrics, providing responses and giving feedback are also featured.

University of Utah Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Studies Ann L. Darling called Oral Communication in the Disciplines “the perfect text for colleagues from across the campus who find themselves called to teach communication.”

Research Professor Susan McLeod of the University of California, Santa Barbara, said, “Faculty in all disciplines will find this book an excellent resource.”

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