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rjrock has written 17 posts for Expressions on Communication

Community in the Multicultural Classroom: A Review of the Literature

Learning, according to the constructivist argument, is a social experience, whereby students construct learning with the support of the instructor and fellow students. In recent years, many constructivist and critical educators turned towards building community within the classroom to meet their pedagogical aims, arguing classroom communities are central to knowledge construction, helping students learn how … Continue reading

Leadership Communication: Addressing a Gap in Leadership Development Programs

Leadership matters. Indeed, given the sheer annual investment in leadership development training, one must conclude that many organizations recognize the importance of leadership development to meeting organizational objectives. In fact, of the $60 billion dollar investment in training in 2012, nearly half of the training spend focused on leadership related training (ASTD, 2012). Of course, … Continue reading

Training Assessments: Aligning Training Intervention to Business Outcomes

What is training worth?   Take a few moments to think about the question. What is training really worth? According to the ASTD (2012), U.S. organizations spent more than $156 billion on employee learning in 2012. Yet, most learning and development organizations lack the time, resources, and support to measure the business impact of training (Chief … Continue reading

Making Sense of Organizational Members’ Silence

Recently, the head of Veteran’s Affairs, Eric Shinseki resigned in the wake of the recent scandal where VA hospitals around the country faked patient wait time data (Good, 2014). Shinseki, addressing the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans, remarked on the scandal (“Secretary Shinseki on Homeless Veterans,” 2014): I was too trusting of some and I … Continue reading

Literacy at the Interface: A Study of Workplace Literacies for Communication Educators – A Research Proposal

The rapid diffusion of information and communication technology in this first decade of the 21st century is remarkable for both its pace and impact on nearly every aspect of society. The world has changed dramatically and the revolution in information and computing technologies, or ICTs, has transformed economies, governments, businesses, educational institutions, politics, science, religion, … Continue reading

Guidance for Communication Educators: Study of the U.S. Job Market for Communication Professionals

A quick review of virtually any communication department’s website for prospective students reveals a consistent theme—the university prepares students for a variety of careers. In some cases, university communication programs associate earning a communication degree with hundreds of potential careers. Of course, communication is an interdisciplinary subject fundamental to the human experience, and as such, … Continue reading

Transcending Self, Otherness, and Service: A Leadership Philosophy

Leadership occupied my interest from an early age.  In high school, I ran for class president twice—and won the vote the second time around.  Later, I joined the U.S. Army as an enlisted man, and by the age of twenty-one, I was a non-commissioned officer leading a team of ten men.  After my stint in … Continue reading

At the Union of Citizens, Media, and Democracy: An Examination of Exposure to Political Difference on Social Network Sites

“If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth produced by its collision with error” (Mill, 1859, p. 36) It is a generally accepted principle that a well-informed public … Continue reading

U.S. Propaganda in the Media: Stories of Hugo Chavez

Accusations of partisan media bias are commonplace in the highly polarized political environment of the United States.  Indeed, many U.S. citizens believe the news is biased along partisan lines, between conservatives and liberals (Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 2012).   In fact, like many Americans, I believe bias is a persistent … Continue reading

The Ecology of Identity Online

The recent colonization of cyberspace by social networking sites (SNS) makes navigating identity online a complex and even dangerous endeavor.  Indeed, it seems hardly a day goes by without a news report of someone being fired for online activity on a SNS (Aurora, 2013; Larson, 2013; RT, 2013; WFTV, 2013).  In fact, Oracle laid me … Continue reading

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