Dr. Adam Sharples Brooks

Dr. Adam Sharples Brooks

Assistant Director of Public Speaking

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

Dr. Alexa Chilcutt

Director of Public Speaking

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

Peyton Magruder

Graduate Coordinator

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

Michael Johnson

Peer Consultant

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.

Thomas Duke

Thomas Duke

Peer Consultant

Thomas Duke is a teacher of public speaking and a competitive speech veteran. His intellectual career began with his interests in history and communication and his current research examines historical speakers and their ideas about public speaking. He has helped local businesspersons polish presentations for grant applications, helped faculty and graduate students prepare conference presentations and helped numerous students with speeches for class or competition. He has an M.A. in Communication Studies and a B.A. in History.

Jake Levin

Jake Levin

Peer Consultant

Jake Levin is a senior from Alpharetta, GA working towards a double major in Communication Studies and Criminal Justice. Upon graduation, he plans to attend law school in pursuit of his J.D. to become an attorney in the field of sports. As an aspiring lawyer, he understands the importance of effective and efficient public speaking and thinks that it is a tool that anyone aspiring towards a professional career can utilize. He is excited for the opportunity to work with other students through the Speaking Studio and to help them not just learn how to give a speech for a class next week, but to give them tools to prepare them for speeches they may give in their future careers.

Gabby Brown

Gabby Brown

Peer Consultant

Originally from San Francisco, CA, Gabby is a junior majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in advertising. She keeps herself busy by serving on the Communications Cabinet for SGA and as the Communication Studies Delegate for the Student Executive Council. In Fall 2015, Gabby was the winner of the annual UA "Speak Off" contest. She was also a finalist in the Holle Speaking Competition. Her main goal for working in the speaking studio as a Peer Consultant is to help others move past their public speaking anxiety and grow into confident speakers.

Rachel Wilburn

Rachel Wilburn

Peer Consultant

Rachel is a junior from Nashville, TN working towards a duel degree in Communication Studies and Journalism. Her dream job is to work for a modern lifestyle magazine. She has a deep love for the written word and loves working with Mosaic Magazine on campus. She spends her time as a photographer, serving as a C&IS Ambassador, and mentoring elementary students through READ Alabama. Her true passion lies in helping others realize the value of their opinion and develop their voice. She’s thrilled to get to play a part in that in working with the Speaking Studio. She looks forward to meeting and working with you!

Rutland Patterson

Rutland Patterson

Peer Consultant

Rutland is a Junior from Birmingham, AL currently pursuing a double major in Mathematical Statistics and Spanish. He is also involved in the Honors STEM Program. Upon graduation, he plans on attending MBA school here at UA. During his time here at the Capstone, Rutland has had the opportunity to serve the student body as an SGA Senator for the College of Arts & Sciences and assist in the recruitment process as a University Steward Ambassador. Through these experiences on campus, Rutland has gained a better understanding of the importance of effective communication. He is excited to share his skills and help others improve their public speaking abilities.

Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown

Peer Consultant

Hannah Brown is a senior from Tuscaloosa, AL majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Public Relations. Hannah is a member of Alpha Chi Omega, Vice President of Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, Al’s Pals Mentoring Program, PRSSA, CMA EDU, and various other volunteer programs outside of campus. Hannah is passionate about serving others and enjoys helping students cultivate confidence in their ability of composing and presenting messages to other people.

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson

Peer Consultant

Matt Johnson is a senior here at the University of Alabama, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in French. He is from Birmingham, Alabama and attended Spain Park High School in Hoover. Matt is also a member of the Greek System here on campus as he is a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. Matt plans on graduating in May 2017 and pursuing his Masters in Communications.

Arielle Rimoldi

Arielle Rimoldi

Peer Consultant

Arielle Rimoldi is a Senior from Alpharetta, GA majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Computing Tech and Applications. She is the Station Manager for the University of Alabama‘s radio station, 90.7 the Capstone. She also serves as a Group Exercise instructor at UA’s REC Center. Arielle is passionate about motivating clients at The Speaking Studio and helping them cultivate their public speaking skills.

Steven Overheim

Steven Overheim

Peer Consultant

Steven Overheim is a returning consultant to the Speaking Studio from last semester and is a recent graduate of the College of Engineering with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently in the Manderson College of Business and Commerce for his MBA with a specialization in Business Analytics with an intended graduation date of May 2017. In his past work with the studio, Steven has conducted workshops on how to present technical presentations to young undergraduate engineering majors. More recently he has focused his efforts on business presentation skills, going on to win his MBA class case competition ‘Speaker’s Edge’. Steven’s professional experience spans three summers of internships, which includes one summer as an academic research assistant at the UA College of Engineering and two summers at a Fortune 50 company in engineering and program management, respectively.

David Metz

David Metz

Peer Consultant

David is a senior from Birmingham, AL majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in psychology. He plans to pursue a career with Non-profit organizations when he graduates in December. David is excited to work with students to increase their public speaking and presentation skills to better prepare them for their professional careers.

Hunter Dendy

Hunter Dendy

Peer Consultant

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.

Katherine Metcalf

Katherine Metcalf

Peer Consultant

Katherine Metcalf is a junior majoring in English and minoring in Communication Studies. Last year, she was thankful to have consultants in the Speaking Studio critique her speeches for her own classes. Katherine believes the Speaking Studio is a great resource because it gives people the opportunity to not only practice their speeches, but also receive useful feedback that can help them become better speakers.

Jordan Nittinger

Peer Consultant

Jordan Nittinger is a senior from Dallas, Texas majoring in Communication Studies, with a minor in Political Science. She stays busy on campus by serving as a C&IS Ambassador, being President of Lambda Pi Eta, and serving on Academic Honor Council, upon many other activities. Jordan will pursue a law degree after graduating, with the goal of being an attorney in the entertainment or sports industry. Jordan knows that having strong speaking skills is crucial to succeeding in any environment and can’t wait to help assist you at The Speaking Studio.