Dr. Adam Sharples Brooks
Dr. Adam Sharples Brooks is a nationally renowned public speaker with a Ph.D in Communication and Information Sciences, an M.A. in Communication Studies, and a background in Public Relations. His research focuses on rhetoric in the areas of diversity, identity, and cultural studies. As the current Assistant Director of the Public Speaking Program at The University of Alabama, Adam oversees The Speaking Studio with a mission to help clients clarify and craft effective messages, cultivate dynamic delivery, and calm public speaking anxiety. Over the course of his career Adam has coached numerous public speakers to national acclaim and is an expert in the areas of diversity and communication, public speaking delivery, popular culture, and mass communication.
Dr. Alexa Chilcutt
Alexa Chilcutt is an expert in the areas of public speaking, professionalism and impression management as well as leadership and team dynamics. She is the director of the public speaking program at UA and provides staff development programs for UA’s College of Continuing Studies and seminars for individuals and managerial groups in the private sector. Chilcutt has a doctorate in mass communication and a M.A. in public relations and advertising.
Josie Burks, MA
Josie Burks is a second year doctoral student in Communication and Information Sciences. As the coordinator of the Studio to Go program Josie works with faculty and staff to develop programming and workshops that meet the needs of departments and colleges across the campus.
Rachel Wilburn is a second year graduate student from Nashville, TN working towards her M.A. in Communication Studies. This is her second year as a COM 123 Public Speaking Lab Instructor and fourth year working as a consultant for the Speaking Studio. Rachel graduated from the University of Alabama with her Bachelor of Arts Communication in Communication Studies and Journalism. She is driven by her love for storytelling and is passionate that every person has a unique voice and story to tell. Her goal is to equip our clients with the tools needed to craft, cultivate, and deliver effective messages- not just to learn how to give a speech for a class next week, but to develop their voice and effectively communicate in whatever field they pursue.
Kaydee West, MS
Kaydee West, originally from Tampa, FL, is a doctoral student in the Department of Geological Science. She has a master’s degree in geology from the University of South Florida and has given numerous conference presentations across North America. She placed in UA’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition in Fall 2017 and is particularly passionate about improving science communication skills to make research more accessible to colleagues and the general public.