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Slaying The Assessment Dragon: One Department’S Efforts To Tame The Beast And Survive As The Knights In Shining Armor, Mary M. Eicholtz, Jay Baglia Jan 2014

Slaying The Assessment Dragon: One Department’S Efforts To Tame The Beast And Survive As The Knights In Shining Armor, Mary M. Eicholtz, Jay Baglia

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

Assessment looms large across our campuses as an instrument of evaluation, accountability, and development. Communication departments are called on to establish assessment programs for their graduate and undergraduate curriculum programs. Additionally, departments that offer courses in the general education programs are often the first departments approached for assessment of those courses as part of general education assessment. This case study describes the successes and challenges of a communication department’s experience in establishing and maintaining a general education assessment program of their Basic Oral Communication course. Preliminary data and analysis is included in reporting the outcome of these efforts.


Editor's Note, Janie M. H. Fritz Jan 2014

Editor's Note, Janie M. H. Fritz

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

This is the Editor’s Note to Volume 33, Issue 2 of the Journal of the Association for Communication Administration.


Back To The Future: Cicero's Five Canons As An Assessment Framework, Jeanne M. Persuit, Julie-Ann Scott, Richard K. Olsen Jan 2014

Back To The Future: Cicero's Five Canons As An Assessment Framework, Jeanne M. Persuit, Julie-Ann Scott, Richard K. Olsen

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

Responding to an external mandate to engage in program level assessment, an assessment ad hoc committee within a large and broadly focused communication studies department invokes the Five Canons as the framework for an imbedded assessment process. The article explores the challenges that the Five Canons helped resolve and the unique organizational and curricular advantages that the Five Canons offer.


An Explanation Of Course Flipping And Its Application To Basic Course Instruction, Mary Mino Jan 2014

An Explanation Of Course Flipping And Its Application To Basic Course Instruction, Mary Mino

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

Flipping courses has become a topic of interest for communication instructors. This essay’s primary purpose is to assist communication educators and administrators in understanding course flipping as an instructional delivery approach. Course flipping, encouraging consistent active student learning during class sessions and appropriately using technology (or another means) to prepare students for these sessions, has most effectively accentuated instructional objectives. In fact, flipping the basic course has significantly increased students’ understanding of the relevance of the course and positively affected performance outcomes. In addition, to help instructors who want to employ this approach, a process in which they can engage …


Complete Issue, Volume 33, Issue 1 Jan 2014

Complete Issue, Volume 33, Issue 1

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

This is the complete issue for Volume 33, Issue 1 of the Journal of the Association for Communication Administration.


Exploring The Educational Value Of The Undergraduate Teaching Apprentice (Uta) Experience, Molly Reynolds, Deanna Sellnow, Katharine Head, Kathryn E. Anthony Jan 2014

Exploring The Educational Value Of The Undergraduate Teaching Apprentice (Uta) Experience, Molly Reynolds, Deanna Sellnow, Katharine Head, Kathryn E. Anthony

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

Employing graduate students as teaching assistants (GTAs) is a common practice in universities across the United States. Using undergraduate students as teaching assistants/apprentices (UTAs), however, is not only less common but also often sparks debate among various stakeholder groups (e.g., teachers, administrators, community members). Moreover, relatively little empirical research has been published to support arguments on either side of the issue. The present study extends research by providing evidence to support the educational value of employing UTAs as teaching apprentices. More specifically, researchers conducted a grounded theory qualitative analysis of free-write essay responses collected from 33 UTAs throughout the course …


Editor's Note, Janie M. H. Fritz Jan 2014

Editor's Note, Janie M. H. Fritz

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

This is the Editor’s Note to Volume 33, Issue 1 of the Journal of the Association for Communication Administration.


Teaching Communication Ethics As Central To The Discipline, Robert L. Ballard, Leeanne M. Bell Mcmanus, Annette M. Holba, Spoma Jovanovic, Paula S. Tompkins, Lori J. N. Charron, Melba L. Hoffer, Michelle A. Leavitt, Tammy Swenson-Lepper Jan 2014

Teaching Communication Ethics As Central To The Discipline, Robert L. Ballard, Leeanne M. Bell Mcmanus, Annette M. Holba, Spoma Jovanovic, Paula S. Tompkins, Lori J. N. Charron, Melba L. Hoffer, Michelle A. Leavitt, Tammy Swenson-Lepper

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

Communication ethics as a field of study within the communication discipline has made significant contributions in a variety of areas, including teaching. This paper offers an historical overview of communication ethics, with special attention to four major approaches to pedagogy – ethics in human communication, moral psychology and intuition, a communication ethics framework, and a critical communication ethics pedagogy. For the department seeking to incorporate communication ethics through stand-alone courses or throughout curricula, the authors suggest ways for communication administrators to address questions of desired competencies for communication graduates, and to articulate related learning outcomes. Future recommendations for the field …


From The Voice Of The President: Advancing The Discipline Through Communication Leadership, Amanda Mckendree, Christina Mcdowell Marinchak Jan 2014

From The Voice Of The President: Advancing The Discipline Through Communication Leadership, Amanda Mckendree, Christina Mcdowell Marinchak

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

College and university presidents hold significant leadership positions not only in an administrative capacity, but also in their respective academic disciplines. This summary report presents results from a study of college and university presidents who hold an academic degree in communication at any level (BA, MA, and/or Ph.D.). The interview findings are organized according to the following major themes: Disciplinary identity, Ethical communication, Communication leadership, and Advocacy within the discipline. The summary report concludes by highlighting responses to the interview findings from top leaders within the communication discipline.


Informing The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (Uta) Debate, Deanna D. Sellnow Jan 2014

Informing The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (Uta) Debate, Deanna D. Sellnow

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

Inherent in the job of communication administrators (e.g., basic course directors, chairs, directors, deans) is the never-ending challenge of finding the right balance between economic efficiency and instructional integrity in terms of course delivery. Therefore, the question we continually struggle to answer is where to find balance with regard to compromising educational quality for financial frugality. Although always an issue, this subject is spotlighted prominently today as funding support for higher education wanes. The proliferation of online courses now being offered (e.g., MOOCs/massive open online courses) serves as a prime example.


Mentoring Faculty Members Into (And Away From) Serving As Department Chair, Sue Pendell Jan 2014

Mentoring Faculty Members Into (And Away From) Serving As Department Chair, Sue Pendell

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

Briefly Noted: Mentoring Faculty Members into (and away from) Serving as Department Chair.


The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Scholarship In The Classroom, Sarah M. Flinko, Ronald C. Arnett Jan 2014

The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Scholarship In The Classroom, Sarah M. Flinko, Ronald C. Arnett

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

This essay casts the role of the Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) within a Kantanian sense of imagination—the not yet pushes off of the actual and the tangible (Kant, 1781/1963). The UTA accesses a temporal glimpse into a professional scholar/teacher vocation through experience in a lived context that unites teaching and scholarship. The role of the UTA offers what Martin Buber (1965/1988) called “imagining the real” (p. 60), a moment of creative ingenuity that begins with the doing of concrete tasks within the profession.


Strategies For Easing Faculty-Management At Institutions Of Higher Education, Sarah H. Vanslette, Zachary A. Schaefer, Kathy Hagedorn Jan 2014

Strategies For Easing Faculty-Management At Institutions Of Higher Education, Sarah H. Vanslette, Zachary A. Schaefer, Kathy Hagedorn

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

With calls across the discipline of communication to use our research to enhance the lived experience of organizational members and employees of all industries, this essay focuses on the often tense communication between university faculty and university leaders. Using communication and business scholarship as our foundation, we recommend communication strategies that should facilitate better communication between university faculty and management. These strategies will not only help faculty and staff overcome disagreements and avoid uncivil discourse, but the strategies can also be applied to uncivil non-academic workplace environments. The authors will also outline how these incivilities and recommended communication strategies play …


Undergraduate Instructor Assistants (Uias): Friend Or Foe, William J. Seiler, Jenna Stephenson Abetz Jan 2014

Undergraduate Instructor Assistants (Uias): Friend Or Foe, William J. Seiler, Jenna Stephenson Abetz

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

Undergraduate students have been and continue to be employed as instructor assistants (UIAs) in a variety of courses across disciplines. However, relatively little empirical research has been published regarding the educational merits for them or their students. The present essay extends such research by focusing specifically on UIAs’ perceived value of the Personalized System of Instruction (PSI) on their learning and personal growth. The authors conducted in depth interviews with six former UIAs and employed a qualitative thematic analysis of their responses. Perceived benefits that emerged from the analysis include, for example, learning how to balance many different roles and …


Complete Issue, Volume 33, Issue 2 Jan 2014

Complete Issue, Volume 33, Issue 2

Journal of the Association for Communication Administration

This is the complete issue for Volume 33, Issue 2 of the Journal of the Association for Communication Administration.