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I am very comfortable in verbal and written presentation of either highly specialized information or general facts. I have a working knowledge of statistical analysis and the explanation of said quantitative data. I have highly honed interpersonal communication skills, as well as a theoretical background in social influence. I am comfortable and knowledgeable in speaking with diverse populations regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic background. I have worked at 3 different community colleges across the country teaching students the fundamentals of human communication, teaching principles of public speaking and including persuasive speaking, informative speaking, argumentation, listening, and ethics, interpersonal communication, and public speaking. My classes also addressed selecting topics and purposes, analyzing the audience, gathering credible materials for speeches, organizing speeches, the uses of language, and small group communication.
My current job is at the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) on Marine Corps Base Quantico. There, I instruct in one-on-one and 1/240 instructional forums for United States Marine Corps officers, officers from the sister services and 22 other countries including, but not limited to, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Thailand. I individually work with the international military officers (IMOs) to improve their speaking skills and offer guidance on their mandatory country brief. My duties also include teaching correct writing styles for different types of military correspondence as well as academic writing.
I also developed and implemented a comprehensive public speaking curriculum as part of the existing communication program which entailed scheduling and appointing specific classes to the appropriate instructors. I employ technology, such as Blackboard and Smart Boards, as a supplement to teaching pedagogy and have incorporated the use of turnitin.com as plagiarism detection software at EWS. I work closely with 16 Faculty Advisors in providing coaching and feedback on facilitating group discussion, grading, and small group instruction. Lastly, I provide review of instructional techniques used by the faculty at EWS
Aside from my work with the Captains at the Expeditionary Warfare School, I have also worked across Quantico with Marine Corps University in various other capacities. I assess student briefs both at EWS and the Senior Enlisted Academy, evaluating roughly 20 Marines every six weeks. I collaborate with the Vice President for Academic Affairs of MCU on Faculty Development in communication, speaking to approximately 25 instructors for MCU. The Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) branch consulted me to incorporate a public speaking element into the current program of instruction. The Basic School (TBS) asked me to be a guest instructor on the principles of communication and leadership for around 30 officers.
The Lejeune Leadership Institute invited me to speak to approximately 100 Senior Non-Commissioned Officers on the importance of nonverbal and interpersonal communication with subordinates for The Russell Leadership Conference. Currently, I am a member of the development team responsible for the design and instruction of the12 week pilot Communication curriculum for the Wounded Warrior Regiment in Bethesda, MD.
My experience in working with students writing speeches or papers allows me the ability to proofread, explain compositional logic, and provide a grasp grammatical composition. I have worked with high school students, students attending community college, and members of the military. Throughout my 15 years of experience, I have also worked with students for which English is not their primary language.
I have studied communication, rhetoric, and public speaking for approximately 15 years. The process of communication is very important and something I am very passionate about. I teach all areas of communication, i.e., persuasion, interpersonal communication, organizing and presenting speeches, nonverbal communication, listening, argumentation, and debate. I coached both high school and college competitive speech and debate. I currently work for the Department of Defense teaching Marines how to give better presentations and be better speakers.
My BA in Education was focused in the areas of speech/debate/drama. Additionally, as a high school teacher, I taught competitive speech, debate, and drama. I have also participated in numerous theatrical productions, not only for a role in the show, but I was also involved in backstage production to include, but not limited to, set design and construction, costuming, lighting, and technical support.
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