I like to create awesomeness. Art. Blog posts. Written masterpieces (this is subjective, I suppose). Photographs. Love notes to my husband. Baked goods from scratch to spread cheer at my son’s therapy clinic. Smiles. Awareness for causes near and dear to my heart. Laughter. A mess in the kitchen (that my darling husband always cleans up without complaint!). But my proudest creation would have to be my children… yeah, I like to create babies, too. :-)

I want to use this website to not only offer my services and skills to you, but to write about life happenings and offer advice through my own unique perspective. At 30 years old, I know I have a lot of life left to live, but I have also already been through my fair share of ups and downs, and learned a lot along the way that I’d like to now share with you.

 

A Little Background

Aside from having my own photography business and being a full time mama to two incredible kiddos, being a writer is in my blood. It feeds my soul. And the human condition and interpersonal relationships have always fascinated me.

I got my undergraduate degree in Communication (with a minor in Marketing) from Old Dominion University in 2005. In 2008 I earned my Master’s in Communication from San Diego State University, where I researched and wrote mostly about interpersonal and family relationships. I then made my way to Austin, TX where I spent a few more semesters taking some more graduate classes in Interpersonal Communication, Research, Writing, Teaching, and Social Work.

Throughout graduate school and beyond, I taught a variety of Communication courses including Public Speaking and Professional Communication Skills. I have also worked as a Presentation Skills Consultant and Academic Advisor.

If there is one thing I learned how to do really really well in all of the countless hours I spent in graduate school, it’s write! Maybe writing isn’t your forte but you need someone to write an exceptional piece for your website. I’m here to help! Or maybe you have a magazine or newspaper that needs a fresh perspective. I’d love to be a part of that! The sky’s the limit. I enjoy copywriting and creative writing. Just shoot me an email and let me know what you have in mind, and let’s see what kind of magic we can create.

I have also spent a lot of energy learning the in’s and out’s of teaching others the secrets to great public speaking and presentation skills. Not only in the classroom since 2006 at major universities such as The University of Texas at Austin and San Diego State University, but I’ve also been hired for specific jobs outside of the classroom. I worked with the University of Texas at Austin Mechanical Engineering Design Projects Program as a Presentation Skills Consultant, as well as with the Texas Evening MBA students. So let me help you take your public speaking and presentation skills to the next level.

 

 

Publications

Stephens, K. K., Stimpson, K., & Ciceraro, L. (2010). Creating and using visual aids. In A. Battaglia, J. A. Daly, & A. M. Young (Eds.), Professional Communication Skills (5th ed.) (pp. 357-373). New York, NY: Pearson.

Spitzberg, B. H., Cupach, W. R., & Ciceraro, L. (2010, July). Sex differences in stalking and obsessive relational intrusion: Two meta-analyses. Partner Abuse, 1(3).

Donovan-Kicken, E., Guinn, T., Kluever Romo, L., & Ciceraro, L. (2012). Thanks for asking, but let’s talk about something else: Reactions to topic avoidance messages that feature different interaction goals. Communication Research.

 

Additional Training

Advancing Students’ Professional Excellence with Certificates in Teaching Series (ASPECTS)

Series 1: Assessment

  • Assessing Your Teaching
  • Using Rubrics to Grade Student Performance
  • Evaluating Student Learning in Large Classes: Designing the Multiple-Choice Exam

Series 2: Leading Discussions

  • Promoting Active Learning

Wakonese South Conference on College Teaching (April 3rd-5th, 2009)

  • Conference organized by the Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University