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Tennessee Online Public Speaking is designed and maintained by faculty, staff, and graduate assistants working at the Department of Communication Studies at the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

TOPS works in conjunction with UTK’s Public Speaking Center, located in the Communication Building, 2nd floor, room 260. Find the Communication Building on the Campus Map.

The Public Speaking Center serves as a source of supplemental instruction in research, composition, delivery, self-recording, and self-evaluation for visitors from all disciplines on the University of Tennessee campus.

Fall 2019 Hours:

  • Monday: 10-6
  • Tuesday: 8-12, 2-7
  • Wednesday: 10-3:30
  • Thursday: 10-7
  • Friday: 11:30-4:30

If you need to make a special appointment, or if you have a comment or suggestion on the Center or TOPS, feel free to call (865) 974-8483 or email us at


The following individuals have been instrumental in building TOPS: John Haas, Sandra Cabbage, Jill Bergeron, Lorna Keathley, Kathy Braun, Tori Bertram, Kylie Julius, and Dennis McCarty.