Speech Communication Program

From disc jockey to college administrator, from youth counselor to campaign director, from television personality to real estate developer, careers in speech are as diverse as the people who make up our culture.

Whether you are a speech major or simply exploring the field as part of your general education, the career skills developed in the wide variety of speech classes offered include group interaction strategies, poise and confidence in public speaking, productive techniques for conflict resolution, the artistic development of creativity, and interactive approaches to corporate culture and public relations.

A student of speech obtains a broad-based liberal arts education with the additional advantage of superior communication skills development, thus turning the student into a highly desirable employment candidate with a leg up on others.

College of DuPage students also may benefit from participation on the Speech Forensics Team. Activities include oral interpretation, public speaking and readers theater. For information about the speech team, call (630) 942-2507.

Course Descriptions 


If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty member in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the faculty member you wish to reach:

Stephen Thompson
Speech Department Chairman
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07D, (630) 942-2121

Marco Benassi
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07J, (630) 942-3049

Geoffrey Elwell
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07F, (630) 942-3145

Jude Geiger
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E09E, (630) 942-2179

Christopher Miller (Forensics)
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07G, (630) 942-2823

Lauren Morgan (Forensics)
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07H, (630) 942-2007

Mia Poston
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07C, (630) 942-3296

Steve Schroeder
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07K, (630) 942-2514

Casey Slott
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07E, (630) 942-2446

Kacy Stevens
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07B, (630) 942-2175

Brandon Wood
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07A, (630) 942-2794

If you are unable to contact a faculty member, messages may be left with the Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division, McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219, (630) 942-2048.

Speech Program Support Specialist

Anna Gay
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1441A, (630) 942-2502

2014-2015 Outstanding Faculty Award Winner


Chris Miller

Chris Miller, associate professor of Speech at College of DuPage, has been named the Overall Outstanding Faculty Member for 2014-2015.

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Winner 2013


Abigail Escatel

The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students. College of DuPage student, Abigail Escatel, was named one of this year's recipients.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Spotlight: Marco Benassi

    Marco BenassiSpeech

    "I love when a student does or says something that I would have never imagined. I love to see people take risks to move ideas forward and help us all realize there are many ways to accomplish a single pursuit."

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  • Spotlight: Jude Geiger

    Jude GeigerSpeech

    "On a large campus, I think it's important that students build and develop a social and support network, and I hope that students gain the skills to do so through my classes."

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  • Spotlight: Christopher Miller

    Christopher MillerSpeech

    "When I was about 7 or 8 years old, my Mom looked me in the eye and said, 'Chris, you should be a teacher when you grow up.' I can't recall what I was doing or why she said this to me, but I'll never forget her saying those words."

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  • Spotlight: Lauren Morgan

    Lauren MorganSpeech

    "I hope my students take away improved competence as communicators, a better understanding of human-ness (if that's a word) and, most of all, a love of learning."

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  • Spotlight: Mia Poston

    Mia PostonSpeech

    "I really like seeing students improve their skills through a semester. A student may be extremely upset and nervous for their first speech and then gradually feel more and more confident through the semester."

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  • Spotlight: Faculty Spotlight: Erika Rakas

    Erika RakasSpeech Communications

    “I tell my students that I want to inspire them on the first day, that inspiration allows for growth, and that I will work hard throughout the semester, challenging them and inviting them in on opportunities to grow and become inspired.”

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  • Spotlight: Steve Schroeder

    Steve SchroederSpeech

    "I hope my students come to realize that it is most important to follow your true passion and know how to effectively communicate your needs and intentions while pursuing that passion."

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