Professor Robert Burns has been teaching and coaching in the speech communication field for over 25 years. He is a trained Speech Pedagogist, Certified in Speech Communication and the Performing Arts, and teaches at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts and Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He has also taught at Emerson College, Brown University's Learning Community, Bryant University, University of Rhode Island, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Johnson & Wales University, and the University of Massachusetts. He holds degrees from Providence College and Roger Williams University and an advanced degree in Communication Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds an Advanced Teaching Certificate in Speech Communication and the Performing Arts and is certified in 49 of the 50 States. His special areas of expertise are speech anxiety reduction and improving confidence, the techniques of public speaking, persuasive speaking, voice and articulation, language strategies, interpersonal communication, and topics in communication.