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Partnership Benefits Educators

A partnership between the ECU College of Education and the School of Communication is aimed at improving the ability of ECU’s future educators to communicate both inside and outside of the classroom.

Through the partnership, faculty in the School of Communication present communication seminars for students in the College of Education’s Teaching Fellows Program. Topics presented this semester include “Culture and Communication in the Classroom,” by Sachiyo Shearman and Laura Prividera; “Verbal and Nonverbal Persuasion,” by Eric Shouse and “Steps in Listening/Obstacles in Effective Listening,” by Todd Fraley.

Upcoming presentations include “Anxiety, Delivery and Professionalism,” by Pamela Hopkins, March 5; “Communicating with Challenging Students, Colleagues and Parents,” by Pam Hopkins and Deborah Thomson, April 16; and “Using Humor in the Classroom,” by Shouse in spring 2007.

Now in its fourth year, the partnership is organized by Laura Prividera in Communication, who coordinates the seminars to enhance communication skills, and Mary Beth Corbin in the College of Education, director of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program. Corbin explained that the idea for collaborating with the School of Communication came about when she and former Education dean Marilyn Sheerer (now interim vice chancellor for Student Life) talked about what skills a professional educator would need.

“We believed that included professional communications, both verbal and non-verbal,” Corbin said.

The Teaching Fellows program is a $26,000 scholarship awarded annually to 500 outstanding North Carolina high school seniors. Recipients repay the scholarship through service, by teaching within the state after graduation.

This page originally appeared in the Dec. 8, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at