Vice President’s Report

This spring issue of the Bulletin has focused on how the pandemic has affected your professional life and research priorities, how you are coping, adapting, or perhaps even thriving in your new work environment. How you are talking about the pandemic within your professional circles and how your research interests have shifted in response to the pandemic. I want to thank Sushil Oswal and Mikel Chertudi for quickly re-conceptualizing the issue to address the new realities that we were confronted with. This is the very essence of an online journal – to quickly react and serve our professional community by making relevant material available quickly and putting resources at our fingertips. I hope you will enjoy reading it. Continue reading Vice President’s Report

Teaching in Hungary amidst COVID-19

Dr. Rita Koris is an assistant professor of international business communication in the Institute of International and Political Sciences at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University of Budapest, Hungary. Her research and teaching focus on business communication trends and practices in Europe and on how to connect education and real-life businesses into collaborative projects. Her interest also lies in new ways and methods of teaching, including the application of online collaborative projects, virtual exchange and virtual mobility in her courses. Continue reading Teaching in Hungary amidst COVID-19

Teaching in Belgium amidst COVID-19

Dr. Sonia Vandepitte is a full professor at the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication at Ghent University, director of the Master of Translation programme and head of the English section. She teaches English, translation studies, translation into and from Dutch and has experience with coaching student translation companies. Publication topics include metonymic expressions in translation, translation competences, international translation training projects and translation and post-editing processes. She is currently involved in reading and translation processes of translation problem-solving. She is also investigating peer feedback and other collaborative forms of learning in translation training. Continue reading Teaching in Belgium amidst COVID-19

Teaching Virtual Teams Projects in Germany amidst COVID-19

On a Friday afternoon, three days away from the start of the new semester, the state board of education informed us that the university would be shutting down and all courses would go online for at least the next five weeks. Suddenly colleagues, for whom online instruction meant uploading files to the university LMS, were faced with having to go completely digital. There was a scramble for Zoom tutorials, our IT department was flooded with so many requests they had to adopt a ticket system, and colleagues who were more computer savvy were suddenly in high demand. Within two weeks, professors, adjuncts and administrators were entirely online. And so were their students. Continue reading Teaching Virtual Teams Projects in Germany amidst COVID-19

Life in These Corona Times

April 13, 2020, was a difficult day for me as an educator, mother, and scholar. I have spent the past month encouraging and consoling students, my children, my colleagues, my family, and my friends. Yesterday I admitted to the chair of my committee that I had not written anything on my dissertation for more than two weeks. Although she was very understanding and kind, the idea that I had put that part of myself on pause was difficult to accept. Continue reading Life in These Corona Times

Give Yourself a Gold Star for Kin Work

You pull your attention away from your professional work once again to attend to some family matter that has just come up. It’s a call from your mom to talk about her prescription refills. Or it’s an email about how your cousin is now out of work and can’t pay his mortgage. Or it’s your brother sending you anxiety texts about the stock market. Sometimes family issues come up while we’re working (Ball, 2017). Continue reading Give Yourself a Gold Star for Kin Work

Life Interrupted—Finding the Good, Despite the Challenges, in the Pandemic as a Professional

My pandemic experience begins with disrupted plans to present at the ABC Southwest conference in San Antonio, March 11-14. In the days leading up to the conference, I watched as other professional organizations around the country canceled gatherings. Meanwhile, Youngstown State University was on spring break, and administrators grappled with how to respond as the coronavirus crisis began to take shape. I questioned whether the conference would take place and debated whether it was safe for me to attend. On March 10, Ohio prohibited state-funded travel outside of the state, effectively halting my trip. Continue reading Life Interrupted—Finding the Good, Despite the Challenges, in the Pandemic as a Professional

Professor Turned Radio Guest in COVID-19 Lockdown Era

A major challenge in COVID-19 times is stress, with virus fears, seclusion, social stigma and news acting as triggers. In such times, there are many organizational responses that are deemed promising as future areas of inquiry “to learn about how businesses can respond to broader societal problems” (Bapuji, 2020). One such method was adopted by the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, India (IIM Lucknow). IIM Lucknow, is an AACSB and AMBA accredited postgraduate management institution in India. One of the four older IIMs in India, it has a rich academic history chequered with distinctive social and environmental contribution to nation building. Confronted with isolation and lockdown possibilities for another two months, it was a time for introspection. Could the institute go beyond classroom teaching and make the learning accessible to the general student population? What communication topics would likely to be appealing to the students waiting for their internships and new jobs to materialise? Finally, how could the faculty make a difference to the social landscape in these troubled times? Continue reading Professor Turned Radio Guest in COVID-19 Lockdown Era

Coaching Students for Video Interviews

As the undoubtedly most impactful societal moment of the 21st Century thus far, the COVID-19 outbreak is having and will continue to have an indelible impact on most parts of American life for the immediate future. People will continue for many months to avoid direct contact with others for fear of contracting the virus and while the economy is showing signs of significant unemployment, some industries are hiring and even growing and the recent change from on campus courses to online courses is an excellent opportunity for faculty to coach students on video interviewing. Continue reading Coaching Students for Video Interviews

Grading in the Time of Covid-19

While I have previously taught online before, this semester has not been like any other I have experienced, or I am guessing, like any of us have experienced. Our generations have not experienced a world-wide pandemic before. Our students are struggling right now and so are we. However, we still want to help our students finish this insane semester. As an Assistant Professor of Business Communication, I have made some specific adaptations during this semester and have received positive feedback from my students regarding these changes. Continue reading Grading in the Time of Covid-19

Communicate and Connect: Improving Online Teaching during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Perhaps the only good thing about my experience of the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has been improving my online teaching. I teach Technical & Business Writing, First-year Composition, and Corequisite Developmental Writing courses. I have previously been successful with my online teaching because I communicate regularly with my students. Most importantly, I comment thoroughly on the rough drafts and the final drafts. I am a prompt responder to all emails. I also acknowledge the strengths of the discussion forum postings with “likes” and/or explicit comments on their postings. This emphasis on communication keeps students engaged and moving forward throughout the semester. Continue reading Communicate and Connect: Improving Online Teaching during the Coronavirus Pandemic

How Nonprofit Organizations Are Communicating Through the COVID-19 Disaster

The current COVID-19 pandemic represents something unimaginable a few months ago, except to disaster planners and infectious disease experts. Public discourse about the disaster has focused predominately on the for-profit and governmental sectors, hardly touching on how nonprofit organizations are coping with the fallout of the pandemic. Given the disparity, I sought to find out how public charities in my region are coping, including their communication efforts. The Greater Sacramento Area is a seven-county region in Northern California that includes both urban and rural populations. The region houses the state capital (in Sacramento). Because of its diversity, the region is a good bellwether for the nonprofit sector in the state, which is also at the leading edge of the nonprofit sector. Continue reading How Nonprofit Organizations Are Communicating Through the COVID-19 Disaster

What Happens to Global Virtual Teams When a Pandemic Hits? Maintaining Normalcy and Stability with Disruption All Around

Each year, the Virtual Business Professional (VBP) program brings together professors and students from across the globe to engage in client projects. The VBP program of 2020 occurred from the beginning of March through the middle of April. In this article, we share how the COVID-19 pandemic affected VBP participants and their teams. We present post-project survey results (completed by 440 of 530 participants for an 83 percent response rate), professor comments, and student comments to demonstrate how VBP participants overcame many of the pandemic disruptions to work effectively in virtual teams, develop compassion and empathy for one another, and foster more global mindsets. Continue reading What Happens to Global Virtual Teams When a Pandemic Hits? Maintaining Normalcy and Stability with Disruption All Around