June 5, 2023

UMW Speaking Center Director Publishes Book

UMW Speaking Center Director Esther Yook co-edited a book on communication centers in higher education, published by Lexington Books.  “Communication Centers and Oral Communication Programs in Higher Education” is a collection that examines the centers that support communication departments or across-the-curriculum programs as higher education focuses more attention on the communication field. The text addresses theoretical issues covering topics such as the importance of communication centers to higher education, and the effects of communication centers on retention, critical thinking in the center and ethics.

UMW Speaking Center Director Receives Top Paper Award

Esther Yook, director of the Speaking Center and the Korean Program, received the Top Paper Award at the National Communication Association in November 2011 for her manuscript “Communication Centers and Retention in Higher Education:  Is There a Link?”

She also co-presented a short course on establishing communication centers and chaired a Korean American Communication Association session on challenges for Korean American scholars in academia.

Esther Yook Publishes Article

Esther Yook’s article “ Teaching Intercultural Communication through Service Learning” on an experiential approach to learning has been accepted for publication in Journal of Intercultural Communication, vol. 28.

Esther Yook

Esther Yook, director of the UMW Speaking Center, presented “Communication Centers Spanning the Continent:  Visual Ideations and Models” and “Communication Centers as the Golden Gate of Oral Communication:  Great Ideas for the Center” at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in San Francisco, Calif., in November.  At the same conference, Yook also served as a poster session judge and as chair of the paper session “If You Build It, They May Come:  Empirically Identifying Motivations Surrounding the Use of Communication Centers.”