School of Communication

The Speech Communication Center


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In the News

ECU: Easing Public Speaking, September 13, 2015
The Daily Reflector

Gaining Confidence: ECU Speech Communication Center helps ease fear of public speaking, September 1, 2015
ECU News Service


Our Staff

Pam HopkinsDr. Pamela Hopkins, Speech Communication Center coordinator,  graduated from Clemson University with a B.A in English and a minor in Communications. She also holds an M.A in Speech Communications from Penn State, and a Ph. D. in Technical and Professional Discourse from ECU. Dr. Hopkins teaches both on-line and face-to-face classes in Public Speaking and Fundamentals of Speech Communication. Dr. Hopkins is passionate about the importance of verbal communication, and enjoys working with students, faculty members and staff as they improve all aspects of their public speaking and presentation skills.





Alyssa GutierrezAlyssa Gutierrez is a graduate student in the School of Communication and has worked in the Center for over a year. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from Gardner-Webb University. As a PR practitioner, Alyssa believes that communicating effectively in public is one of the most important skills any professional can have. She enjoys seeing people improve their public speaking skills and looks forward to working with students, as well as members of the community.
Katherine Hyatt HawkinsKatherine Hyatt Hawkins earned her undergraduate degree in Communication and Psychology from the University of Dayton. She is now a second year graduate student in the health communication program at ECU, as well as an instructor for ECU's School of Communication. Katherine enjoys working with students, professors and staff members on improving their communication skills, whether it is in a typical public speaking setting, a group meeting or class discussion. Her areas of speech communication expertise include speech construction and organization as well as managing speech anxiety. Katherine believes that the minute details of a speech are what add up to an effective presentation.
Kelsey RhodesKelsey Rhodes was born and raised in Greenville, NC. Before attending ECU, Kelsey graduated from Pitt Community College with an associate degree in Graphic Design & Advertising. Kelsey earned her undergraduate degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from ECU. She is currently a graduate student in the School of Communication studying health communication. Kelsey is particularly interested in different health campaigns and advertisements and the messages that are communicated to their audiences.


Carleigh SmithCarleigh Smith is a senior at East Carolina University majoring in communication with a concentration in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication and has a minor in Psychology. She is currently our Public Relations and Marketing intern. Carleigh likes to travel and hopes to become a traveling consultant in the future.