The Professor’s Speech—Part II, A Center for Teaching Excellence Saturday Workshop

Posted on 2/26/2014 2:47:54 PM

Rick KempAll faculty are welcome to attend IUP Theater Professor Rick Kemp’s CTE Saturday Workshop “The Professor’s Speech—Part II” on March 8, 2014, from 8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. in the Crimson Event Center, Foster Hall.

How you communicate affects the meaning of what you communicate. Verbal and nonverbal habits can confirm, modify, or even contradict the meaning of linguistic content. In this workshop, we’ll identify the components of verbal and nonverbal communication, and then develop an awareness of the habits at play in our own and others’ communication. In a fun and supportive environment, we’ll experiment with a variety of experiential exercises that enable us to communicate more effectively, and express our personalities in our teaching. A portion of the workshop will be assigned for coaching and feedback on individual presentation. Attendance at Part I  is not required for complete understanding and enjoyment of this dynamic presentation.

This workshop is being presented by Rick Kemp of IUP. Rick is a professor and head of Acting and Directing in IUP’s Theater and Dance Department in the College of Fine Arts. He has received numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic for his work as an actor and director since graduating from Oxford University and then moving to the U.S. and earning his doctorate in Theater Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. 

In the USA, Rick has received grants from sources such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Heinz Endowments for work that has been presented regionally, nationally, and internationally. His book, Embodied Acting: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Performance, was published internationally by Routledge in 2012.

At IUP, Rick has received the 2009 Academic Excellence and Innovation Award, the 2010 Distinguished Faculty in the Creative Arts Award, the 2013 College of Fine Arts Outstanding Researcher Award, and the 2013 Research Institute New Investigator Award.

Note: Please wear comfortable clothing, and be prepared to remove your shoes for some exercises.


Call Sharon Aikins at 724-357-7800 or e-mail

Center for Teaching Excellence