Pamela. D. Hopkins, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Communication Excellence
Associate Professor, School of Communication
Adjunct Associate Professor, Brody School of Medicine

Dr. Pamela Hopkins is the Director of the Center for Communication Excellence. Dr. Hopkins graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Communications. She continued her education, earning her M.A. in Speech Communication from Penn State University and her Ph.D. from East Carolina University. Dr. Hopkins believes strongly in the power of effective communication skills in our personal and professional lives. She enjoys working with students, faculty members and staff members to improve their verbal communication skills in presentations, interviewing, and other professional settings, while managing their speaking anxiety. She specially enjoys working with medical professionals to improve communication with clinical team members, patients, and colleagues.

Emily Locklear

Assistant Director, Center for Communication Excellence

Emily Locklear is an Assistant Director in the Center for Communication Excellence at East Carolina University. Emily is a first-semester graduate student in the School of Communication, with a concentration in Strategic Communication. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in reading from East Carolina University in May 2022. In her spare time, Emily enjoys cuddling with her dog, painting, and enjoying Greenville and its local businesses with her friends. She looks forward to helping students become more confident and comfortable with their communication skills. She can help with communication anxiety, class presentations, interviewing practice and much more!

Katherine Shiel

Assistant Director, Center for Communication Excellence

Katherine Shiel is an Assistant Director in the Center for Communication Excellence this semester! Katherine has recently completed a B.S. in Communication with a concentration in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication at ECU. Through these courses, Katherine discovered an interest in learning Communication Theories and applying these Communication Theories to everyday life! Katherine currently is completing her first semester of the Master of Arts in Communication at ECU. Katherine is very excited to be apart of the Center for Communication Excellence! In her spare time, you will find Katherine trying new restaurants, enjoying a walk outside with friends on a nice day, or participating in activities at the Campus Recreation Center.