Hauser Communication Research Lab
The Hauser Communication Research Lab, which occupies 625 square feet in Room 172 of the Communication Arts and Sciences Building, was created with the goal of enhancing students’ oral competencies. The lab provides an opportunity for UTPA students to improve their oral proficiency skills by working one-on-one with trained speech coaches. Students can first present their speech to a speech coach, which will be digitally recorded. The presentation will then be played back to the student while in the lab so the coach and student can discuss ways to enhance their delivery. The recording of the student’s presentation can be transferred to a student’s thumb drive or DVD for later reference. The lab hours of operation:
- Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Stop by COAS 172 or call (956) 665- 2832 to make a FREE 30 minute appointment today!
When the speaking lab is not being used, faculty and graduate students will be using the lab to conduct communication research. The lab has two remote controlled cameras and 6 ceiling microphones that have the ability to capture naturally occurring conversations. The lab also has an observation room, which includes all the recording equipment and computers. Faculty will be conducting different types of studies in the lab including experiments where researchers manipulate verbal and nonverbal messages to determine their impact on people’s attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors. The Hauser Communication Research Lab is made possible from the Henry W. and Margaret H. Hauser Endowment in Communication. The Hausers, originally from Kansas, but longtime residents of the Rio Grande Valley, established the Henry W. and Margaret H. Hauser endowment in 1989. The endowment was created because Mrs. Hauser, a retired speech teacher herself, had a lifelong desire to improve people’s communication skills.