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.
Peyton Magruder is a second year graduate student working toward her M.A. in Communication Studies. She is a COM 123 Public Speaking Lab Instructor and a Communication Studies tutor for UA students. Peyton is interested in Organizational Communication, specifically how different styles of communication and leadership operate in organizational settings. She is driven by her passion for humanity and how individuals interact with each other and the world. After receiving her M.A. degree in Spring 2017, she plans to pursue a career as a Communication Specialist.
Michael Johnson is a Senior from Troy, MI, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Business and Telecommunication and Film. He chose his major because he loves how words can be used to impact and change the world. He competed in the Informative Speak Off Competition and finished as a finalist. He also competed in The Holle Persuasive Speak Off Competition; winning and taking home the $10,000 grand prize. Through his work with the Speaking Studio he has consulted students, faculty, and staff, facilitated workshops across campus, and has worked closely with fellow consultants to grow and enhance the Speaking Studio. Michael believes the Speaking Studio is a great resource because it teaches people how to create, and calmly deliver a message that informs, persuades, and inspires others.
Hunter Dendy is a senior from Andalusia, AL majoring in Communication Studies. He plans to pursue a career in sales in the packaging industry when he graduates in Spring 2017. His passion is to help and serve people in whatever capacity they need. Hunter is excited to work with potential clients and help cultivate their public speaking skills.