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Leslie Collins

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


Hey there. I'm Leslie, 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 Technology-Enabled Communication (COMM 133).


At the end of the day, I'm just a Central Valley farm kid from Reedley. I completed my lower-division 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 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.

Web Sites

  • My academic webpage  -  Want to know more about the classes I teach (including required textbooks)? Follow this link.