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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

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Autism

Katherine Breward is an Associate Professor at the University of Winnipeg. Her research is centered around labour market entry for historically disadvantaged populations, with a particular focus on best practices in disability accommodation. Her research has appeared in the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, the Case Research Journal, and Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International Journal. Dr. Breward is also a strong advocate of case-based teaching and an award winning case writer. Cases designed to allow for practice of applied skills and cases designed to increase empathy for “the other” feature strongly in her teaching, particularly in human resource management courses such as “Recruitment and Selection” and “Leadership and Fairness in Complex Organizations”. When not working Dr. Breward enjoys spending time on her 25 acre orchard with her family and a menagerie of pets and reading inclusive science fiction and fantasy. Continue reading Autism

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Incivility, Gender, and the Workplace: Not So Expected Findings from Three Studies

Last month, I interviewed Dr. Allison Gabriel who is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations and Robbins Fellow in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2013 from the University of Akron. Her research focuses on emotions at work, employee recovery, interpersonal stressors and relationships at work, motivation, and employee well-being. Dr. Gabriel is currently working on research related to understanding women’s experiences transitioning back into the workforce post-partum, and daily experiences of sexism and sexual harassment in organizations. Continue reading Incivility, Gender, and the Workplace: Not So Expected Findings from Three Studies

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Changing Motivation Theories and the Role of Communication in their Introduction to the Workplace

Dr. Marianna Richardson is an adjunct professor in the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. She teaches courses in management communication and psychology for both undergraduate and graduate students. She received her doctorate from Seattle Pacific University. Her research interests lie in the areas of business communication and motivation theory. She is also the current editor of the Marriott Student Review, a peer-reviewed journal for business students. Continue reading Changing Motivation Theories and the Role of Communication in their Introduction to the Workplace

A Message from Regional Vice President, Jolanta Aritz

My goal as a regional vice president is to build our network, share information and ideas, and build collaboration and partnerships within the region. Our Western Region is represented by over 200 regional members from 11 states. The unique strength of a regional network, in my view, is our proximity to each other and the potential synergies it can create. Continue reading A Message from Regional Vice President, Jolanta Aritz

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Editorial: A Place of Our Own

It is my honor to welcome our readers to this inaugural issue of Western ABC Bulletin which represents the work of several of our Western Region members. The collection of articles presented here might appear slim at first sight but it symbolizes the potential we have to produce knowledge—practical, pedagogical, and theoretical—for our field as a west coast group of business communicators—practitioners, instructors, administrators, trainers, and consultants. Our region can develop an identity of its own in business and professional communication with its wealth of technological research, entrepreneurial leadership, and the presence of major business colleges. Continue reading Editorial: A Place of Our Own

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Expanding the Horizons of Business and Professional Communication with Accessible User Experience

Earlier this spring, we interviewed Dr. Sushil Oswal who is an associate professor of Human-Centered Design in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science and a faculty in the Disability Studies Program at the University of Washington. His interdisciplinary research and teaching intersect the fields of design, spatial and environmental technologies, and accessibility for users with disabilities. Continue reading Expanding the Horizons of Business and Professional Communication with Accessible User Experience

Q&A on Bad News

The students in this pre-business class are immersed in a progressive scenario throughout the semester. The written assignments ask them to build on what they learn very thoughtfully and develop skills sequentially. The idea is to introduce concepts through mastery. I developed this activity when I noticed that students were having difficulty truly embodying the character and voice of their role in the scenario. I imagined that the personal and immediate nature of non-verbal feedback in a verbal exchange could be transferred to benefit the students’ written strategic messaging and tone. Continue reading Q&A on Bad News