Dr. Chris Gurrie is a traveler, writer, and professor/director of speech communication at The University of Tampa in Florida. Gurrie grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois and slowly made his way to Tampa through school and a longing for warmer weather and a more active lifestyle. Highlighted below are professional credentials and speaking information. Traveling the world, meeting people, and sharing stories is a true passion. He blogs for the Huffington Post.
Professional and Educational Experience
Gurrie holds a bachelor's degree from Purdue University in organizational communication and leadership, a master's degree from The Florida State University in integrated marketing management communication, and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in organizational leadership. He teachers oral communication, business communication, intercultural communication, honors classes, and first year experience seminars. His research focuses on the use and misuse of PowerPoint; immediacy and connection with students, staff, and audiences; generational learning styles and connection; group work; communication and technology; leadership characteristics; and first year experience issues. As a teacher scholar at The University of Tampa, Gurrie has published in various communication and first year outlets.
If we go WAY back into speaking experience Gurrie was a member of the 1996 and 1997 Illinois state champion speech/forensic teams, so this equates to more than 15 years of public speaking experience. Winning various speech competitions as an undergraduate, Gurrie found himself thrust in front of large lectures as a teaching assistant in speech 100 at FSU in the early 2000's.
After a long while as a student, Gurrie started his tenure-track position as the solo full-time tenure track speech professor at The University of Tampa at age 26. From here he developed courses and programs for audiences of all kinds including his students. These programs are housed under programs on this site.
As a speaker, Gurrie has spoken to academics, students, teachers, professors, and industry professionals all over the United States and abroad. Specifically, his programs range from an hour to two hours and workshops. Focusing on energetic and interactive presentations, Gurrie is an ideal speaker for topics of: communication for connection, getting rid of the PowerPoint crutch, leadership in organizations, interpersonal communication improvement, self-improvement using communication and self-development, leadership styles, youth-driven success, and group work. Faculty and training development keynote presentations focus on using "immediacy" to improve communication with the audience, regardless of who it is.
Specific audiences have been: first year students, first year instructors, all instructors, Greek students, student leaders , faculty members, sales people, HR personnel, administrators, and new students. He has presented keynotes at college orientations, faculty orientations, diversity seminars, first year seminars, conferences, communication conventions, and other events.
In 2011 Gurrie was a new speaker for Campuspeak. He has received the Tampa Bay Times Rising Star award, the Florida Communication Association Teacher of the Year award, and several top papers and recognition for outstanding research from the National Communication Association. In 2015 Gurrie was recognized as a top 8 finalist for a National Communication Assoication teaching award.
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