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Faculty Highlight: Suzy Prentiss

Suzy Prentiss photographTell us about yourself and your General Education Course(s).

Suzy Prentiss, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, School of Communication Studies

I currently teach and have taught: CMST 240 Business and Professional Communication—for highly speech anxious students (15 students), CMST 240 Business and Professional Communication (25 students) and CMST 247 Honors Business and Professional Communication (20 students).

These courses prepare students to effectively communicate in a variety of context.  We focus on providing the information and opportunity necessary to develop the communication skills valued and demanded in the workplace including presentations, active listening, interviewing, and collaborative teamwork. All of my classes follow a flipped-classroom, highly interactive format.


How do non-majors benefit from your course (perspectives, generalizable skills, broadened awareness, etc.)?

One of the best aspects of CMST 240 Business and Professional Communication is its applicability and value across all disciplines, majors, and career fields. In addition to learning techniques and gaining practice with oral presentations, students develop conversational, interpersonal, effective listening, and collaborative skills. Students also acquire an appreciation for audience analysis and diversity of perspectives which contribute to a well-rounded understanding of effective and appropriate communication strategies. Regardless of their previous experience and comfort level, students are encouraged to challenge themselves to build their communication competence and confidence in a rigorous yet supportive environment.


Name one thing you do to engage students with the General Education goals of your course (activities, assignments, teaching methods, etc.)?

In this class, we learn by doing. During the term, we actively interact and engage with one another through in-class activities, such as speed networking and classroom conversations, presentations, such as brown bag introductions and business briefs, mock interviews, and a collaborative team project.

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