Karen Mack


Contact Information

Email    kmack@commstds.ucla.edu
Office  2332 Rolfe Hall
Phone  310-206-8429
I teach oral communication and rhetoric with an emphasis on the language of leadership, applying my experience as a speechwriter and executive communications specialist.

My approach to the Principles of Oral Communication (Communication Studies 1) course is two-fold: application of rhetorical theory and strategic use of language to the processes of developing and delivering speeches; and use of active listening and critical thinking skills to analyze and critique messages composed primarily for the ear. In addition to my role as a Lecturer, I coach the student speakers at the College Commencement ceremonies, and I serve as a judge for the Graduate Division’s annual Grad Slam competition. I am also a longtime member and mentor with Gold Shield Alumnae of UCLA.

I have more than three decades of experience in executive communications, including speechwriting and the full range of communications for the corporate/organizational or executive voice. I spent more than 20 years as a communicator on behalf of UCLA, writing speeches and other materials for two previous Chancellors and for numerous public ceremonies and advancement events. My career also spans editorial and corporate communications positions in broadcast television and the energy industry, as well as freelance work for clients in the public and private sectors. I edited the English translation of the French book The Hermione: Lafayette’s Warship and the American Revolution and contributed a chapter on executive biographies to the PR News Writer’s Guidebook, Vol. 1. My work has been recognized by Writer’s Digest and the Los Angeles chapters of the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America, among others.



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M.A., Communications Management, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California

B.A., Communication Studies, University of California, Los Angeles