Ph.D., Communication and Culture, Indiana University, 2005
Office: CMU 339
Matt McGarrity, Principal Lecturer, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in public speaking, argumentation, classical rhetoric, rhetorical criticism, and communication pedagogy. He founded and continues to direct the University of Washington Speaking Center, which offers speech coaching to students. His research and publishing focuses on communication education and public speaking. He has won a number of teaching awards, including UW’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Toastmaster’s Communications & Leadership Award, and the National Speakers’ Association’s Outstanding Professor Award. His free online public speaking class has reached 500,000 students in over 170 countries.
Selected publications and presentations
McGarrity, M. (2014). Noncredit MOOCs and Skills Training: An Examination of Coursera’s Public Speaking MOOC. Paper presented at the Oxford Internet Institute’s ICA preconference, “Innovation in Higher Education: building a better future?” Seattle, WA.
McGarrity, M. (2013, December 12). Speaking up for the credit-less MOOC. The Chronicle of Higher Education.
McGarrity, M. & Crosby, B. (2012). Public speaking textbooks and rhetorical invention. Rhetoric Society Quarterly 42.2, 164-186.
McGarrity, M. (2012). Justifying public speaking models of imitation. Paper presented at the 98th annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Orlando, FL.
McGarrity, M. (2010). Communication textbooks: From the publisher to the desk. In D.L. Fassett & J. T. Warren (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of communication and instruction (pp. 107-128). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
McGarrity, M. (2009). Student workbook for public speaking: The evolving art. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
McGarrity, M. (2008). Public speaking preferences: A pilot study. Paper presented at the 94th annual meeting of the National Communication Association. San Diego, CA.
McGarrity, M. (2006). Communication apprehension research and public speaking lore. Paper presented at the 92nd annual meeting of the National Communication Association. San Antonio, TX. A Top Paper in the Basic Course Division.
McGarrity, M. (2005). Public speaking textbooks and rhetorical invention. Paper presented at the 91st annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Boston, MA. A Top Paper in the Basic Course Division.
McGarrity, M. (2005). A critical analysis of public speaking criticism. Paper presented at the 76th annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association. San Francisco, CA. A Top Paper in the Communication and Instruction Division.