Communication Center

Tutoring in Public Speaking

In response to the current pandemic, the Communication Center at Creighton University is tutoring students virtually through real-time Zoom meetings. To make an appointment go to and follow instructions. Make sure to hit save. A confirmation of your Zoom meeting information will be sent to your Creighton email so verify you have the correct time and day planned for your meeting. When it is time to meet, please turn your camera and sound on to fully participate in tutoring sessions. 

Our trained Communication Center Tutors directly assist students in the organization and delivery of public presentations. Our mission is to help students feel more confident and prepared to speak in front of others.

Any undergraduate student can make an appointment in the Communication Center. In the past, students have worked with Communication Center Tutors to brainstorm topics, organize and build outlines, find sources, determine source citations, create visual aids, establish gestures and facial expressions, develop tone, practice, and record presentations for Module 9 in COM 101. All tutors are trained to work with students while following the assignment guidelines established by course instructors.

Dr. Laura Gill is the Director of the Communication Center. If you have any questions about the center, please contact Dr. Gill.

All sessions last 25-30 minutes and students may schedule multiple sessions. It is recommended to book an appointment at least 5 days in advance of your presentation in your course. Also, be sure to have access to the speech assignment description, rubric, and any other materials you may need during the session (including laptop, outline, sources, note cards, etc). 

We look forward to working with you to create, orate, and master the art of public speaking!

Be a Communication Center Tutor!

The Creighton Communication Center is now accepting applications for student tutors.
Benefits of Being a Communication Center Tutor

  • Develop leadership, interpersonal, and professional communication skills in a supportive environment
  • Assist peers with communication-related assignments
  • Build relationships with faculty and staff
  • Gain leadership experience through serving others
  • Earn money

Job Description

Communication Center Tutors provide one-on-one or group tutoring sessions in public speaking for undergraduate students. Most tutoring sessions take place after Fall or Spring Break.

Tutors are trained to coach students who need assistance in topic creation, outline development, speaking extemporaneously, verbally citing sources, using gestures and facial expressions to support presentations, crafting visual aids, and practicing presentations. Tutors should guide students to find answers and develop their presentations rather than completing the work for the student.

Tutors are expected to maintain excellent and professional communication with the director of the communication center. Tutors should also refer students to other appropriate university resources as needed.
Position Requirements

Tutors must have earned an A or B+ in COM 101, COM 152, or equivalent course and provide a faculty reference for the course.

Tutors must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.2.

The Communication Center strives to make our environment open and friendly and we expect the same for our tutors. Tutors should be academically strong, welcoming, friendly, approachable, possess strong communication skills, open to feedback, and able to model appropriate academic and professional behaviors.

Most sessions will occur in a one-on-one format, but tutors should be open to the possibility of working in small groups.

To Apply:

Please send your resume, faculty reference (name and contact information), and local contact information to Dr. Laura Gill, Communication Center Director.