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.
Gai Grannon is an Instructional Specialist in the Fundamentals of Speech program for the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. She teaches several sections of Fundamentals of Speech each semester and is one of the consultants for the Montclair State Speech Resource Center. For the past 17 years, she was an Adjunct Professor at the University, 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 1990s, 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.