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Christopher Gurrie
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Chris Gurrie is an assistant professor and the director of the speech communication program at The University of Tampa. He also teaches first-year experience seminars and advises undergraduate students. In 2011 he finished his dissertation “The Immediacy and Impact of Students’ Nonverbal Cues in the College Classroom” which researched communication habits of Millennial students. He holds a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, and when he is not teaching he speaks about the concept of immediacy and student-instructor connection. He has published other articles about communication and Millennials.

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The World Needs Losers

(4) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 4:15 PM

Do you remember that first time you realized you weren't the only person to win something, that there were others on the same winners' blocks with you? There were others too who received the same certificate or the same medal? You didn't feel so special any more did you? Me...

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Please... No More PowerPoint Title Slides!

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 6:13 PM

As a speech communication professor, one of my areas of research is improving presentations that use mediated software (AKA PowerPoint). In 2008, a colleague and I set out to make it our mission to rid this world of bad PowerPoint presentations. Remember the consequences: every time you make a bad...

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5 Things College Girls (and Boys) Should Stop Saying. Now!

(23) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 1:32 PM

This semester at the college where I teach I had the great opportunity to travel twice with groups of students to international destinations in pursuit of knowledge and justice. As an accompanying faculty member on these education abroad experiences, one spends lots of time with the students -- airplane rides,...

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Communicating Narcissism

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 1:55 PM

Remember a few years ago the almost universal and somewhat quickly-executed movement that waged war on people who took their own photos in the mirror and then posted them to Facebook? Facebook friends would post comments like "nice mirror pic -- lol" or "Really? a ducky-face self-pic Sara?" and those...

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College: Are Cell Phones More Fun Than Class?

(11) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 12:20 PM

In the last few years, anyone who has walked the hallowed halls of ivy while class is in session has seen it. Professors have and still do try to fight it. This it I refer to is the blatant, public, and brazen use of cell phones by students while an...

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Leave the Millennials Alone!

(18) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 5:34 PM

It happened again! Flipping through various news outlets for my daily dose of pessimism about the state of the world's affairs, I came across yet another business social piece that began something like this:

"As the millennials enter the workforce, more companies are trying to accommodate their...
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