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Cayuga CC Prof. Christopher Fama writes book on listening curriculum

DATE: 10-27-2011

Cayuga Community College Adjunct Prof. Christopher D. Fama recently released a book, A Listening Curriculum for the Lower-Division College Student: A Step by Step Course Design for Listening (LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing 2011).

Based on his master's degree research, the 56-page book examines listening education and its importance in undergraduate communication degree programs, including best practices and creating a course focused solely on listening. The book also tools for educators to implement listening curriculum such as a 15-week detailed syllabus and course objectives. The book can be purchased at

"I hope this book helps make listening a priority in our schools," Fama said. "We teach students to read and write but really don't do much in regards to listening. This book helps instructors design modules for listening. Many relationships—both personal and profession—would benefit from people having better listening skills. Mistakes and miscommunications are less likely to occur if we are better listeners."

Fama serves as an adjunct assistant professor of business and has been teaching from more than 10 years. He holds an associate's degree in recording arts technology from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla., an associate's degree in general education/business from Seminole Community College in Sanford, Fla., a bachelor's degree in organizational communication from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., a master's in organizational management from the University of Phoenix in Maitland, Fla., and a second master's in communication and leadership studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash