ERIC Number: ED202014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Who Is Qualified to Teach Business Communications.
Varner, Iris I.; Varner, Carson H.
Eighty-six instructors of business communication at four-year institutions responded to a survey designed to determine (1) who teaches business communication, (2) what courses were offered, (3) which departments offered business communication courses, (4) class sizes, (5) number of assignments given, (6) number of instructors involved in publishing and consulting, and (7) the qualifications of business communication instructors. The subjects were chosen randomly from the membership list of the American Business Communication Association. The findings revealed that most business communication instructors had tenure and were well-established in their careers. Of the sample schools, 54 required undergraduate business majors to take one business communication course, and 18 did not require any courses in business communication. Most business communication courses were offered by the business education departments and the majority of such courses had a class size of more than 30 students. More than half of the respondents reported giving 13 or more assignments a semester in business communication. Sixty of the respondents had published articles in the past three years, and more than half were involved in consulting. Sixty of the subjects had doctorates, largely in business education, and most had ten or more years of teaching experience. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Business Communication Association (Champaign, IL, April 3-4, 1981).