Public Communication Center

The Public Communication Center is dedicated to helping all members of the Towson University community become more effective, engaged, and empowered speakers.

Peer Mentoring

The Public Communication Center supports student-centered learning by improving communication skills with an emphasis on public speaking and advocacy. The center empowers students to find and use their voices, both inside and outside the classroom.

The center was created by students and faculty in the Department of Communication Studies and officially launched in July 2018. The center is housed in Stephens Annex, near the Media Center.

Thinking about auditioning for the Public Speaking Competition? It is open to any TU undergraduate student. Your prepared 5-8 minute persuasive speech should address at least one of the core tenets of the Department of Communication Studies curriculum:

  1. Advocacy and Public Discourse: This dimension emphasizes the importance of persuasion within politics and activism. How do we advocate for ourselves? How do we advocate for our communities?
  2. Identity and Culture: This dimension asks us to be reflexive about the intersectionality of identity and culture within message construction. What is the relationship between identity and politics? How does popular culture influence our understanding of ourselves or others?
  3. Leadership and Organizational Communication: This dimension examines the ways communication creates and maintains organizations and organizational culture. How do organizations (non-profit/for-profit) shape cultural conversations? What makes a strong leader?

The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud. ”

Coco Chanel

Services Offered by the Public Communication Center

The Public Communication Center offers a variety of services for Towson University students, faculty and staff, and local community members.


Public Speaking Competition: Advocating Change. Engaging Difference. Leading with a purpose.

April 16, 2019

6:30-8:30 pm, CFA Recital Hall

The Department of Communication Studies and the PCC invites students to compete in a university-wide public speaking contest, where students will craft a speech that addresses any or all of the ideas of advocacy, diversity, and leadership. $300 for first place, $200 for second place, $100 for third place.

Open Office Hours


Monday-Friday, 8 am-6 pm, Stephens Annex 118 & 119

If you have an upcoming presentation but haven't made an appointment, stop in for daily open office hours!