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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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That Stranger at the Gym: Would You Say Hello?

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 3:22 PM

We all have a third space where we spend much of our time. A place not work and not home. Maybe this is your commute: train, drive, or plane. For others this may be the pool, volleyball, or book club. For me, this third space where I spend much of...

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The Rude Question: Do You Own or Rent?

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 5:51 PM

For the Independence Day weekend I traveled to Boston to celebrate with long-time friends by doing summertime things like BBQs and fireworks. At these gatherings I had the opportunity to make new acquaintances and meet new people. I was running though the basics in a conversation with someone new: name,...

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Is Your Power Point Disrespectful?

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 10:06 PM

Last month, I was at a weekend-long meeting which was filled with academics doing academic-y things, namely presenting PowerPoints with the ever-famous Death by PowerPoint recipe. Being trained in the forensics (speech) traditions we were taught never to disrespect a speaker; always pay attention, do not read the newspaper or...

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Dear Senator Warren: I Need Your Help

(13) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 9:58 AM

Dear Sen. Warren: I need your help and I honestly believe with my whole heart that you are the only person in our entire country who can help me -- and others like me. It has to do with my student loans; nothing to do with repayment, but everything to...

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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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