Advising and curriculum

This page provides the latest information related to undergraduate advising for Speech Communication (SPCOM).

The undergraduate advisor for the Speech Communication program is Tim Paci. His office is located in ML 254B and his extension is 38494. He is available to answer any questions related to the Speech Communication program, the curriculum, or specific courses. You are welcome to make an appointment with him to discuss your specific questions or concerns.

Declaring a major/joint major/minor

In order to declare a major/joint major/minor in Speech Communication, you should contact Tim Paci. After contacting him, he will guide you on what is necessary in order to be officially placed in the program, including what forms you should complete and which courses to take.

In order to be moved into the program, you must:

  • Complete a plan modification form and submit it to Tim Paci.
  • Have completed both SPCOM 100 and SPCOM 223, or any two SPCOM or SPCOM approved courses.
  • Have a major average that meets the minimum for your intended program (70 for honours/joint honours; 65 for 4-year general).

Plan requirements

You can find the requirements on the Undergraduate Calendar according to whichever calendar year you are following.

Frequently Asked Questions



Employment Opportunity for Sessional Instructors

The Speech Communication program at the University of Waterloo is searching for several new sessional instructors to teach core communication courses.  Based in a liberal arts faculty with high national and international standards, the Speech Communication program currently serves approximately 150 majors, 50 minors, and delivers many sections of communication courses to four Faculties from across the University.

Sessional instructors could teach up to three sections per academic term of the following courses: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Science Communication, or Communication in the Engineering Professions. Each of these courses include emphases on foundational communication competencies and are designed to align with the Speech Communication program objectives. More information on the Speech Communication program can be found here:

Interested instructors should have a PhD or be working toward completing a PhD, and should send a CV and a brief letter of interest that addresses qualifications and teaching philosophy to:

Dr. Robert Danisch

Chair, Department of Drama and Speech Communication

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1