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Kimberly M. Cuny


UNC Greensboro Professional Appointments

Director, The University Speaking Center
Co-Director, The Multiliteracy Centers
Senior Academic Professional, Communication Studies

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graduate Faculty, School of Theatre
Part time Lecturer, Political Science Department, MPA program
Office: 3332 MHRA
Phone: 336-256-1346
Fax: 336-256-3281
Email: kmcuny@uncg.edu



Kimberly M. Cuny, MA, MFA, holds a faculty appointment with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s (UNCG) Communication Studies Department where she has served as the director of The University Speaking Center since 2003. Kim is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre where she is a North Carolina Theatre for Young People teaching artist and member of the graduate faculty. In the fall, Kim teaches a graduate course in oral communication for the MPA program at UNCG.  Kim is currently serving as Co-Director of UNCG’s Multiliteracy Centers program. Before moving to UNCG in 2002, Kim was a full time instructor and Departmental Advising Coordinator at Monmouth University. Prior to that she held multiple part-time teaching positions throughout the NC community college system and at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Kim earned her MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences and MA in Communication Studies from UNCG. Kim earned her BA in Speech, Theatre, and Communication from Monmouth College in New Jersey.

Kim has earned numerous service awards from the National Communication Association including Outstanding Service Engagement (2020), VonTill Communication Centers Newcomer (2008), Hobgood Distinguished Service (2013) to Communication Centers, and Turner Advocacy (2018). From the National Association of Communication Centers Kim and her coauthors received the first ever Ferguson Research Award (2010). Kim has been recognized for Teaching Excellence from Guilford Technical Community College (1998), the College of Arts and Sciences at UNCG (2018), and UNCG’s Anna Marie Gove Teaching Excellence (2021). Kim leads an iCorps team at UNCG, has served as co-principal investigator on numerous communicating science grant applications, and continues to provide consulting, training, and outside review to multiple communication centers.

Kim served for 8 years as the Student Coordinator/Advocate of the National Communication Association’s Communication Centers Section (2005-13) and then served again from to 2017-2019.  In 2014, Kim was appointed to the National Communication Association’s Presidential Task Force on Oral Communication in K-12 education.  Kim currently serves as Co-Editor for Communication Center Journal. Kim previously served as both Managing Editor and Subscription Manager. Kim has served three times as conference planner and host for the National Association of Communication Centers’ Excellence at the Center Conference (2007, 2010, & 2019).   Kim was a member of the leadership for the National Communication Association’s Communicating Common Ground initiative (2002-07).

During the past 26 years, Kim has presented over 110 conference papers, faculty development workshops, panel presentations, and invited guest lectures.  She has published more than 35 peer-reviewed pedagogical innovations, book chapters, and journal articles. Kim’s publications include an essay on the role employee engagement plays in successfully running a peer-to-peer learning space in the book Communicating Advice and a coauthored chapter on supporting marginalized voices in building sustained community movements in Teaching Communication Activism: Communication Education for Social Justice.  Kim’s pedagogical and creative interests include radical pedagogy, experiential learning, speaking center studies, Learning for Justice, and use of storytelling, along with process drama, to help adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities and all young children make sense of the world around them. On the first day of kindergarten Kim told the story of Chicken Little to her class and she has been telling stories to kids ever since.


MFA  The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Theatre for Young Audiences
MA     The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Communication Studies
BA      Monmouth College, Speech, Communication, and Theatre

Courses Taught

Communicating Ethically Contemporary Global Issues in Free Speech
Creative Dramatics (grad course – NCAT) Critical Discourse
Independent Guided Study Speaking Center Internship Studies
Relational Communication Introduction to Communication
Public Speaking Nonverbal Communication
Speaking Center Theory and Practice Speech Fundamentals
Storytelling Studies in Communication Across the Curriculum
Theatre Appreciation Oral Communication Skills (grad course – MPA)


School of Theatre Bio

Curriculum Vita




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