Persuasive Communication in Teaching and Research Contexts

Course Description: 

Whether you are presenting your research at a conference, giving a public lecture, preparing a thesis defense, giving a job talk, or speaking as an advocate on behalf of legal or policy issues to the press, you are attempting to persuade listeners and to involve them in the production of knowledge. This is a complex process and a dynamic that is fundamental to the work of scholars and practitioners alike.

In this course we will examine scholarship and exemplary practices in persuasive communication. A key element of the course is that students will develop, practice, and learn to critique and improve their own public presentations. We will practice various elements of engaging the audience including the art of questioning, the use of visual tools, professional body language and the use of space, and structural strategies for effective presentations. Participants may elect to participate in video recording and analysis of their practice sessions. In all cases, students will have the opportunity to practice with one another in a supportive setting as they work to refine their personal speaking style and develop engaging discipline-based presentations.


CANCELED 4-week course
March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2021
Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 p.m.
On-site, Vienna Campus

We recommend that students take the CTAL 6007 Foundations in Teaching in Higher Education: Scholarship, Reflection, and Innovaton course before taking the 4-week short course.

This course is offered to doctoral students. Click to register in SITS.