Publication date:23 February 2012
Length of book:294 pages
Communication Centers and Oral Communication Programs in Higher Education, edited by Eunkyong L. Yook and Wendy Atkins-Sayre, is a collection that examines the centers that support communication departments or across-the-curriculum programs as higher education focuses more attention on the communication field. The authors in this text address theoretical issues covering topics such as the importance of communication centers to higher education, the effects of communication centers on retention, critical thinking in the center, ethics, and more. These essays also explore ideas about center’s set-up and use of space, staff training, technology applications, and campus advertising and outreach. Communication Centers organizes cutting-edge knowledge of the theory and empirical research so as to serve practical use to peer tutors and directors, those who are new to the study of communication centers and to those who are seasoned experts. Furthermore, this collection introduces administrators and those interested in higher education to the potential value of communication centers to higher education.
[The book] is a strong collection of essays. . . .This edited book aims to address those involved [in higher education] including tutors, directors, faculty, administrators, scholars, and others involved in higher education. . . .Overall the editors were successful in compiling a book of articles grounded in research and current theories to articulate the value, growth, and development of communication centers. . . .[the book] was truly well developed for all us in higher education in multiple disciplines. . . .It is critical that this book be used as a resources and guide not simply for conversation but for action in solving more of the oral communication competency issues that we are increasingly confronted with from various angles.