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Reflections on Textbooks: Past and Future

Gerald J. Alred is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is an adviser to the Professional Writing Program. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and several standard bibliographies on business and technical communication. Professor Alred was recipient of the prestigious Jay R. Gould Award for “profound scholarly and textbook contributions to the teaching of business and technical writing” in 2004 and an Outstanding Teaching Award recipient from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1991. He is a founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Business and Technical Communication. He dedicates his time in managing the archival website® which he developed. He also works with Wright State University Special Collections and Archives to preserve the history of the Inland Children’s Chorus. Continue reading Reflections on Textbooks: Past and Future

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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