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The Communication Center is commited to research on topics ranging from communication studies and argumentation to tutoring and Communication Centers. We support collaborate and interdisciplinary research among Center faculty and tutors and between students and faculty throughout the disciplines at JMU and larger Valley community. Please contact Paul Mabrey if you are interested in exploring research opportunities with the Communication Center. 

JMU Communication Center Research

Boyd, C., Johnson, T., Kilgore, J., & Miles, K. (2016). Connecting client confidence and tutor techniques: A study furthering tutoring training practices. Paper presented at the annual National Association of Communication Centers Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Horton, C., Rosen, R., Slonim, L., & Winter, H. (2016). Transferable skills Taught at Communication Centers. Paper presented at the annual National Association of Communication Centers Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Horton, C., Mabrey III, P.E., Matt, R., Rogowski, E. & Smithberger, L. (2015). Reaching out from the center: Coming together through outreach & engagement. Panel presented at the annual National Association of Communication Centers Conference, Fredericksburg, VA. 

Liu, J.C, Mabrey III, P.E., Rufo, J.R. & Miller, E. (in press). Elevator Pitch: Teaching Digital Communication Literacy with Peer Consultation and Self-Assessment. In S.P. Ferris and H.A. Wilder (eds.) Unplugging from the Classroom. Cambridge, UK: Woodhead Publishing. 

Mabrey III, P. E. (2016). Transforming Centers through Comprehensive Assessment: Moving toward good practices for learning improvement. Paper presented at the annual National Association of Communication Centers Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Mabrey III, P.E. (2015). Recovering Argumentation Education through Debate Across the Curriculum: A Case Study in Debating Toward Business Leadership. Presented at the National Communication Association/American Forensics Association Summer Conference on Argumentation Alta, UT.

Mabrey III, P. E. (2015). Rethinking communication centers for the 21st century: From public speaking to public advocacyPaper presented at the annunal National Association of Communication Centers Conference, Fredericksburg, VA. 

Miller, E. & Thurgood, K. (2016). Center Marketing and Utilization: A Case Study at James Madison University. Paper presented at the annual National Association of Communication Centers Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Miller, E. (2015). The influence policy debate can have on tutoring in undergraduate learning centers. Paper presented at the annual National Assocation of Communication Centers Conference, Fredericksburg, VA. 

Moreau, M. (2007). Merging communication centers self evaluation and program assessment. Paper presented at the annual Excellence at the Center Conference, Greensboro, NC.

Moreau, M. (2011). Communication fellows: Investigating course-embedded oral communication tutoring. Paper presented at the annual Excellence at the Center Conference, Richmond, KY.

Moreau, M. A. & Normand, P. A. (2012). Technology tutoring: Communication centers take the lead. In Yook, E. & Atkins Sayre, W. (Eds.), Communication Centers and Oral Communication Programs in Higher Education: Advantages, Challenges, and New Directions (pp. 233-248). Lanham, MD: Lexington.

Smithberger, L. (2015) Facilitiating learning through facilitation: How facilitation skills can inform tutoring best practices. Paper presented at the annunal National Association of Communication Centers Conference, Fredericksburg, VA. 

Communication Center Research Bibliography