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Department of English Language and Literature


Patti Walker

Title: Senior Instructor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-9776
Office: HUO 409
Resources: English Language and Literature


MFA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
BA, Catawba College, Salisbury, NC

Areas of Specialization 

Movement for the Actor
Voice for the Actor
Public Speaking

Recently Taught Courses 

SPCH 140       Introduction to Public Communication

Current Research Projects 

Patti Walker is an instructor in the department of Speech Communication and Rhetoric at USC and is also a professional actor and a member of Actor’s Equity. As an actor, she has performed in professional theatres from Florida to Chicago and Kansas to New York. She has taught acting, voice, movement, and public speaking at High Point University, UNCG, and North Carolina A & T University. In her Fundamentals of Public Communication course at USC, she utilizes specific acting, voice, and movement activities and techniques to encourage ease, spontaneity, and imagination in her students.  These techniques enable students to confront and overcome their anxiety through careful preparation and self-confidence.  Patti is particularly interested in creating more confident, dynamic public speakers by developing exercises and exploring techniques that free the voice and body so that it operates efficiently and is able to respond to impulse.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.