Coordinator of the Fundamentals of Speech Program:

Dr. Marylou Naumoff is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies and the Coordinator of the Fundamentals of Speech Program. She brings a love and knowledge of public speaking to the Center. She has taught speech and rhetoric courses at the college level since 2001. While completing her doctorate she opened the Public Speaking Resource Center at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she also served as the Assistant Basic Course Director. Her research interests include rhetorical studies, cultural studies, gender studies, and popular culture. Dr. Naumoff’s scholarship focuses on citizenship, race, and masculinity, specifically examining popular culture as a site of national discourse where citizens look to understand and construct American identity, as well as, form a sense of community.

Speech Consultant Gai Grannon:

Gai Grannon is an Instructional Specialist in the Fundamentals of Speech program for the School of Communication and Media at MSU.  She teaches several sections of Fundamentals of Speech each semester and is one of the consultants for the MSU Speech Resource Center.  For the past 17 years, she was an Adjunct Professor at MSU, teaching both regular length and accelerated versions of the Fundamentals of Speech course.  She has also taught a public speaking course at Ramapo College, and several acting courses at the University of Michigan. During the 1990’s, Ms. Grannon directed many high school musicals, working with students solo and in groups on many aspects of delivery and performance.  She has privately coached several corporate executive clients.  A recent client was the keynote speaker at a national strategic summit for the Direct Marketing Association.  She currently also works as a voice over artist, and is well versed in utilizing a variety of vocal and physical delivery techniques.

Speech Consultant Pauline Theeuws:

Pauline Theeuws is an international student from Brussels, Belgium, who moved to the U.S. over four years ago to attend college. She graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from Rider University and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Public and Organizational Relations at Montclair State University while working as a graduate assistant. Pauline has shown her engagement in the communication industry throughout multiple platforms—all of which required additional effort and work since she is not a native speaker. She was Rider University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ first social media coordinator as well as the first undergraduate student to present a research paper at the biennial NCA/AFA conference. Pauline previously wrote for the WholeFoods Magazine and The Rider News, which gave her great insight on how to interview and interact with different publics.