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Leslie Collins

Leslie Collins
Professor - Communication Studies 
Arts, Humanities & Communications 
Founders Hall 220K 


Hey there. I'm Professor Collins, and I teach the class that everyone and their mother hates: Public Speaking. I've been teaching this class since 2005 and I LOVE it.

Hold on a second. Before you close out your browser window because you assume I'm crazy, let me clarify: I don't love public speaking, I love helping others face the challenge of public speaking with poise and confidence. This is a semester-long process which involves many steps.  Some of those steps include:

  • Becoming aware of the way our minds and bodies react when we're nervous
  • Developing a plan to push through those manifestations of nervousness
  • Writing a speech which is well-reasoned and audience-centered
  • Using outlining to keep us organized
  • Identifying our delivery strengths and weaknesses
  • Delivering a speech in a conversational and engaging way

Do these sound like skills you want to develop? If so, sign up for COMM 100 (Public Speaking) with me. After you complete that course, I'll encourage you to develop your communication skills in another area of the Communication Studies discipline like Argumentation (COMM 104) or Persuasion (COMM 110).


At the end of the day, I'm just a Central Valley farm kid from Reedley. I completed my lower-division GE requirements at Reedley College and I still kick myself for not taking the two PE classes I needed to earn my AA. Then I transfered to Fresno State where I earned my BA and MA in Communication. I worked almost full-time through school, so I got really good at time management early on.

I never had a clear goal for my education, but I knew two things: I loved to learn, and I wanted a job where money wasn't as tight as it was when I was growing up. Teaching at the college level wasn't even on my radar, but I accepted a teaching associateship at Fresno State in 2005 and knew almost instantly that it was the right fit. Teaching college students is the first job I have ever had where I felt continually motivated and inspired and challenged. I LOVE my job, and I am honored to teach at Modesto Junior College.

Courses I Teach

  • COMM 133,  Mediated Communication
    Communicating effectively through technology is becoming an increasingly important skill in both our personal and professional lives. This fully-online class will teach you how to: Protect yourself and your loved ones online, navigate the world of online dating, critically analyze the image of yourself projected through social media, utilize the internet to find and apply for jobs, successfully participate in virtual interviews, create an online resume, and so much more!
  • COMM 104,  Argumentation
    This course is designed to help you improve your critical thinking skills when analyzing and constructing arguments. In both our personal and professional lives, we are bombarded daily with arguments about what we should think and do. Sometimes those arguments are sound, but other times, we're being manipulated. This class will help you recognize effective arguments so you don't get tricked by bad ones. We all have causes we care about and passionately believe in, but sometimes we struggle to articulate our perspective to others. This class will help you analyze your own beliefs and construct logical, audience-centered arguments about them. These skills will help you speak confidently and competently - in a variety of speaking settings - about the things that mean the most to you.
  • COMM 100,  Public Speaking - Hybrid
    The primary objective of this course is to help you improve and expand your public communication skills. To accomplish this objective, each student will be introduced to public speaking theory and effective practices and will be given the opportunity to apply this knowledge in a series of in-class presentations. This course will also help students develop confidence in their abilities as public communicators as they learn how to manage their individual levels of public speaking anxiety. As this is a hybrid class, class time is divided between the face-to-face and online learning environments.

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