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Videos Can Be SO FAB! Teaching Asynchronous, Recorded Virtual Presentations During COVID-19

As professors, we teach rhetorical strategies and coach students for confident, engaging, and effective presentations. It is satisfying for both student and professor to see the growth over a semester of instruction and practice. Like most other instructors, our routine semester was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, upending everything normal and replacing it with the new and unfamiliar. Continue reading Videos Can Be SO FAB! Teaching Asynchronous, Recorded Virtual Presentations During COVID-19

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Spring 2020 Issue: How the Business Communication Community Is Weathering Through the COVID-19 Crisis

The response to our call for submissions to this special issue has been robust. The contributors have written on so many aspects of their experiences with COVID-19 that only a perusal of all the articles can capture their scope and dimensions. We present interviews with two organizational leaders of interest that cast light on how the association for business communication is fairing this pandemic and offer information about a young academic organization that should be of particular help to all of us who have been assigned to teach online, or “remotely”. The first of these interviews is with our own Executive director, Jim Dubinsky and the second one is with GSOLE president, Scott Warnock. Continue reading Spring 2020 Issue: How the Business Communication Community Is Weathering Through the COVID-19 Crisis

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Optimizing Work From Home: Virtual Communication Strategies and Best Practices

Unprecedented times demand unprecedented responses. As communities, businesses, and countries work to lessen the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic many workers find themselves working from home for the first time. This creates new challenges as peers and managers try to develop new ways of working, communicating, and motivating without the benefit of physical presence. Fortunately, some sectors of the economy had previously embraced work-from-home options, or virtual teams. The lessons learned from those organizations can benefit those struggling to deal with a new reality. Continue reading Optimizing Work From Home: Virtual Communication Strategies and Best Practices

James M. Dubinsky, Associate Professor, D/English, VT, Exec Director, ABC

A Conversation with Jim Dubinsky

James M. Dubinsky is an associate professor of Rhetoric and Writing in the Department of English at Virginia Tech (VT). He was the founding director of the department’s Professional Writing program and of VT Engage, the University’s service-learning and civic engagement center. He is a past president of the Association for Business Communication (ABC), and since 2011, he has been serving as its Executive Director. Equally important, Jim is retired from 28 years of service in the U.S. Army and has been working to build a Veterans in Society focus at Virginia Tech. Continue reading A Conversation with Jim Dubinsky

Scott Warnock

An Interview with Scott Warnock

Scott Warnock, PhD, is a Professor of English and the Director of the University Writing Program at Drexel University. Warnock is the author of Teaching Writing Online: How and Why; Writing Together: Ten Weeks Teaching and Studenting in an Online Writing Course, with Diana Gasiewski; and numerous chapters and journal articles about online writing instruction, computers and composition, and education technology. Continue reading An Interview with Scott Warnock

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