Speaking Confidently is a textbook adapted with the goal of providing students a foundational understanding of the theory and practice of public speaking. This textbook was designed to cover content relevant to SP 101 Public Speaking at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
- Christopher A. Loghry, M.A., is the director of debate and an instructor in communication at Emporia State University. His research focuses on pop culture, media studies, and rhetoric. He teaches classes on topics like argumentation, debate, forensics, and public speaking.
- Jasmine R. Linabary, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of communication at Emporia State University. Her research focuses on organizing, new media, and social change. She teaches classes on topics like small group communication, group leadership, communication and emerging technology, ethics, and public speaking, among others. She is also the co-founder and director of the EAT Initiative, an interdisciplinary and collaborative effort to combat food insecurity.
- Kenna J. Reeves, M.S., is an instructor in communication at Emporia State University. Her research focuses on public speaking apprehension, nonverbal communication, communication theory and the reality television phenomenon, and teaching pedagogy. She teaches classes on topics like public speaking and a variety of elective courses for communication majors.
- Michael Dennis, Ph.D., is a professor of communication at Emporia State University. He is most well-known for scholarship that examines the role of communication in coping with grief and loss. He teaches classes on topics like theories of communication, communication and sports, health communication, public speaking, and the capstone course research course in communication.
- Sheryl Lidzy, Ph.D., is an associate professor of communication at Emporia State University. Her research has focused on gendered communication within organizational and interpersonal contexts, among other topics. She teaches classes on topics like public speaking, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, entrepreneurial communication, and conflict resolution.
This open education resource (OER) project was made possible by a Class Resource Affordability Initiative Grant (CRAIG) from Emporia State University. We wish to thank the faculty members in ESU’s Department of Communication & Theatre for their support of this project. Special thanks to Meggie Mapes, Ph.D., for her leadership in OER within and beyond the field of her communication and specifically her work as author and editor on one of the primary texts on which this book is based (see below).
Chapters 1, 4, 7-9, & 12-21 are adapted from: Mapes, M. (2019). Speak Out, Call In: Public Speaking as Advocacy. University of Kansas Libraries. Chapters 2-3, 5-6, & 10-11 are adapted from: Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking. (2016). University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing. This adaptation has reformatted original text, replaced or removed some images and figures, condensed content, updated or changed examples, and combined related materials but has not otherwise significantly altered the content from the attributed sources.
This textbook as a whole is made available under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license unless otherwise specified in the individual chapter.
TEXTBOOK FORMAT & ADOPTION
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