Curriculum and Resources


Assignment Development

Assignment Trait Analysis (Speaking and Writing Assignments) (PDF, 1 page)

Rubric Resources

USM QEP Assessment Rubric- Oral Communication

USM QEP Assessment Rubric - Written Communication

Writing Center

Information about Centers for Use in Syllabi

Speaking Center

Speaking Center Flyer/Information Sheet for Students (PDF, 2 pages)

Information about Centers for Use in Syllabi

Communication Apprehension

Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety (PRPSA)
Source Information for PRPSA: McCroskey, J. C. (1970) . Measures of communication-bound anxiety. Speech Monographs, 37, 269-277. This tool was developed for research and instructional purposes at no cost and with no individualized permission required. The online format of the tool is through Wadsworth/Cengage. Permission to use the online tool was obtained. For more information, contact Julie Howdeshell at

Speech Center Guide - Addressing Apprehension

Audience Analysis

Speaking Center Guide - Audience Analysis

Research and Documentation

Resources for Documenting Sources in Written Communication (PDF, 1 page)

Speaking Center Guide - Citing Sources in a Speech (PDF, 2 pages)


Speaking Center Guide on Powerpoint Use (PDF, 2 pages)

PowerPoint Tutorial

Plagiarism Prevention Resources - Direct Link to Turnitin

Pronunciation Resources
Many online dictionaries have an audio feature allowing the user to hear the pronunciation of a word. Here are a few online dictionaries with that feature:

General Education Curriculum 
The University's Academic Council has responsibility for the University's General Education Curriculum. For more information, visit the Academic Council Web site.

Assessing Faculty Development in Writing and Speaking (PDF, 34 pages)