McGarrity, Matt

Usha Lee McFarling

Ph.D., Communication and Culture, Indiana University, 2005

Office: CMU 143
E-Mail: mcgarrit@uw.edu

Matt McGarrity, Senior Lecturer, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in public speaking, argumentation, classical rhetoric, rhetorical criticism, and communication pedagogy. He has published academic articles on communication education and published classroom teaching materials. He has won multiple top paper awards for public speaking research at national and regional Communication conferences. He founded and continues to direct the University of Washington Speaking Center, which offers speech coaching to college students. As the Director of Debate, he organizes public debates for the campus and Seattle communities. He has won a number of teaching awards, including the National Speakers’ Association’s Outstanding Professor Award.


Selected publications and presentations

McGarrity, M. & Crosby, B. (2012). Public speaking textbooks and rhetorical invention. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 42.2, 164-186.

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. (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.

McGarrity, M. (2003). The civic potential of a rhetorical education: Choosing a political path at the crossroads. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association Convention. Omaha, NE. A Top Paper in the Communication Education Division.