Jason's New Blog

I know, after years of being asked to blog about communication, I've finally broken down and created a new blog. Please take a second and see what's going on with me, my research, or my opinions about various issues related to human communication, organizational communication, or workplace learning and human performance imrpovement. More...

Over the next few months, I have a number of new books coming out. In July, the 6th Edition of Communication Apprehension, Avoidance, and Effectiveness coauthored with Virginia P. Richmond and James McCroskey will be available (Published by Allyn & Bacon). In November the two-volume set on Workplace Communication published by Praeger will be available. Also in November, look for the 2nd edition of Quantiative Research Methods for Communication.

Over the years I've had the opportunity to teach a wide range of courses. The following is a list of some of the various courses I've taught:

Advanced Organizational Communication
The main objective of this course is to build on the foundation of theory developed in the introduction to organizational communication and investigate current approaches to organizational communication concepts and processes through various analytical lenses. The emphases in this course will be on analysis and research.

Advanced Public Speaking
The goal of this course is to take students who have excelled in an introduction to public speaking course and help them further their speaking skills. Furthermore, this course helps students identify several public skills that they would like to develop or improve. Students also develop competency with various forms of delivery (i.e., manuscript, mediated, and extemporaneous).

Biopsychosocial Aspects of Medicine
Part of my position with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine was to provide periodic lectures to residents, interns, and medical students about the biopsychosocial aspects of contemporary medicine. Primarily, I teach aspects of health communication and organizational communication in a physician applied setting.

Part of my position with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine was to provide periodic lectures to residents, interns, and medical students about contemporary research practices from a quantitative perspective. Since most of the residents, interns, and medical students have little to no exposure to research practices, my approach has been limited to foundational concepts in research.

Business and Professional Communication 
This course examined the applied and theoretical aspects of organizational communication. In addition to traditional organizational research, this course had an applied speaking component to help prepare students for speaking situations in organizational contexts.

Business and Professional Communication – Online
This course examines the applied and theoretical aspects of organizational communication. In addition to traditional organizational research, this course has an applied speaking component to help prepare students for speaking situations in organizational contexts. This course is a Web based course primarily designed for nontraditional students.

Communication, Affect, and Learning in the Classroom
This course was part of an educational applied masters program designed for public school teachers. In this course, issues of affective communication and instructional strategies that create an affective educational environment were emphasized.

Communication Theory
This course is an introduction to the theoretical principles of Human Communication. This class is a majors only course that undergraduates must pass with an A or B to enter into the program.

Conflict in Communication
Analysis of the communication dynamics involved in managing interpersonal and organizational conflicts. Examination of theory and research related to conflict management. Emphasis on case studies and role-playing conflicts in various interpersonal, group, and organizational settings.

Gender Communication
Explores variations in communicative behaviors related to biological sex and psychological gender. Examines female and male communication in intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, public, and organizational settings.

Intercultural Communication
This course introduced students to the theoretical and practical concepts and research surrounding intercultural communication. Through a variety of in-class and out-of-class experiences, students were introduced to a variety of different cultures.

Intercultural Communication in the Organizational Applied Context
This course is part of a masters program designed for individuals in corporate America. The course examined the theoretical and applied components of intercultural communication in organizational situations.

Interpersonal Communication
This course introduced students to the basic theoretical and applied components in the field of interpersonal communication. This class was taught from a social-scientific perspective and relied heavily on current research in the discipline.

Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication
In this course, graduate students were introduced to the basic aspects of the discipline of communication studies along with an introduction to communication education.

Leadership & Communication
This course introduced students to leadership perspectives and the role communication plays in effective leadership and management strategies. The course explores communication variables involved when leaders attempt to influence members to achieve a goal. Topics include power, credibility, motivation, research on leader traits, styles, and situations, and current models of leadership. The different leadership challenges posed by different group and organizational types will also be explored.

Nonverbal Communication
Students will gain an intensive study of the history of nonverbal behavior research while examining a variety of specific findings in the field of nonverbal communication.

Organizational Communication
Analysis of traditional and contemporary theories of communication in context of modern complex organizations (government, industry, education, etc.). Consideration and explication of such pertinent concepts and variables as message, channel, networks, information, information flow, communication climate, communication audit, etc….

Oral Interpretation of Literature
Techniques of oral interpretation and development of adequate intellectual and emotional responsiveness to meaning of literature. This course is both critical and performance in orientation.

In this course, students were introduced to the theoretical and applied aspects of human persuasion. Information in this course came from both a social scientific and rhetorical understanding of human persuasion.

Public Speaking
This course examined both the theoretical and applied aspects of oral communication in the public environment.

Quantitative Research Methods
Provides undergraduates with principles and basic skills necessary to criticize research literature; develops minimal proficiencies in structuring designs basic to descriptive and experimental studies, including data collection, analysis, and presentation techniques in communication research.

Religious Communication
The purpose of this course is to examine the interrelationship between religion and communication. While this class is about religion as a general concept, there is a clear Judaic-Christian emphasis within this class because of the merging of Greco-Roman rhetorical theory and Judaic-Christian theology that occurs during the first through fourth centuries within the Roman Empire.

Risk and Crisis Communication
The goal of this course is to explain how communication professionals can create and implement communication plans related to either possible or actual hazards (anything that can cause morbidity or mortality). While the goal of this course is to examine risk and crisis communication, it is designed to help students apply the information they have learned throughout their degree program as a capstone seminar. This course draws on information you have learned in a variety of courses, such as persuasion, public speaking, small group, training and development, organizational communication, health communication, communication and campaigns, diffusion, research methods, and many others.

Instructional Communication & Workplace Learning
Provides upper-level undergraduates with the opportunity to learn how to design instructional training programs beginning with the needs assessment and continuing through the evaluation phase. Students will also learn the theoretical and practical aspects of both instructional communication and workplace learning.