Speech

The ability to create and deliver a speech—to effectively convey a message to an audience, to hold their attention and interest and to ensure they're engaging with what you are saying—is an invaluable and in-demand skill.

Oakton Community College's Speech Program explores the role of public speaking, presentation giving and group dynamics in both formal and informal settings to assist students professionally and personally. We offer an associate in arts (A.A.) degree with a speech pre-major to help students learn the skills and strategies necessary for effective interpersonal and public communication.

Mastering the ability to create and deliver a speech or presentation can help give you a foundation for future college endeavors and make you stand out from the crowd when you seek a career.

We offer a variety of public speaking classes that will help to make you an expert communicator. In classes like Effective Speech, you will develop capability in presentational speaking through an emphasis on rhetorical theory, organization and structure of ideas, techniques for general speaking and listening effectiveness, along with practical experience in individual and group presentations. Other offerings to help you master the tools and techniques for effective oral communication include Oral Interpretation, Interpersonal Communications Across Cultures, Persuasive Speaking, Professional Presentations, as well as two levels of American Sign Language. In addition, Oakton offers a competitive speech class and a debate class where students can learn the style and rhetoric to compete in local, regional and national competitions, and travel as a member of our award-winning Speech and Debate team.

Pre-major

Oakton’s speech curriculum explores the role of public speaking, presentation and group dynamics in both formal and informal settings to assist students professionally and personally. The mastery of speech can provide students with superb career qualifications in whatever field they may choose to pursue and also offers a sound foundation for further academic endeavors.

The following pre-major is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Once a transfer school is selected, students are strongly encouraged to consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success and the transfer institution’s catalog to select courses that will meet both Oakton and transfer institution requirements.

For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the department chair. Part time students should also consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success for part-time pre-major recommendations. General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses.

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Meet Your Faculty

Meet our full-time faculty:

Frisco, John
Chair, Music, Speech and Theater Department
Coordinator, SpeakEasy

Professor of Speech and Theater
B.A. San Francisco State University
M.F.A. Indiana University
jfrisco@oakton.edu
847.635.1958
Office: 2612, Des Plaines

Carey, Veronda
Professor of Speech and Theater
B.A. Roosevelt University
M.F.A. West Virginia University
vcarey@oakton.edu
847.376.7428
Office: 2554, Des Plaines

Gynn, Robert
Professor of Speech & Theater
B.A. DePauw University
M.A.T. Beloit College
M.S.C. Northwestern University
bgynn@oakton.edu
847.635.1843
Office: 2729, Des Plaines

Ringstad-Gagliano, Mary
Professor of Speech and Theater

B.A. University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
M.F.A. Ohio University
ringstad@oakton.edu
847.376.7092
Office: 2602, Des Plaines

Meet our part-time faculty:

Curtis, Tim
Lecturer
B.A. Towson University
M.F.A. Indiana University
tcurtis@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Fliess, Jason
Lecturer
B.A. Point Park University
M.F.A. DePaul University
jfliess@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Harris, Kate
Lecturer
B.A. Webster University Conservatory of Theater Arts
M.F.A. University of North Carolina
kaharris@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Keolian, Evelyn
Lecturer
B.A. California State University, Los Angeles
M.S. University of North Texas
ekeolian@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Knapp, Margaret
Lecturer
B.A. Universityi of Wisconsin - Madison
M.F.A. University of Missouri - Kansas City
kismet2@sprintmail.com
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Lain, Laura Sturm
Lecturer
B.S. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.S. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.F.A. Northern Illinois University
lsturm@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Langone, Christopher
Lecturer
B.A. Cornell University
PhD. Cornell University
J.D. Northwestern University
clangone@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Maglio-Jung, Fran
Lecturer
A.A. Oakton Community College
B.A. University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A. Northeastern Illinois University
fjung@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

McLean, Chikako
Lecturer
B.A. Roosevelt University
M.A. Northeastern Illinois University
cmclean@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Nadolski, David
Lecturer
B.S. Western Michigan University
M.F.A. Minnesota State University, Mankato
dnadolsk@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Sfikas, Katerina
Lecturer
B.A. University of Illinois, Urbana -Champaign
M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign
ksfikas@oaktone.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Williams, Robyn
Lecturer
A.A.P. Cincinnati State
B.S. University of Phoenix
M.A. College of Mount St. Joseph
rowillia@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Wirth, Daniel
Lecturer
B.S. Central Michigan University
M.F.A. University of California - San Diego
dwirth@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton Community College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

Contact Us

Professor John Frisco
Chair of Music, Speech and Theater
847.635.1958
jfrisco@oakton.edu