Business and Professional Communication Quarterly

bpcqBusiness and Professional Communication Quarterly is the only refereed journal devoted solely to the teaching of communication in the workplace. BPCQ publishes scholarship that advances knowledge about business communication pedagogy in both academic and workplace settings. Articles in BPCQ present a variety of theoretical, applied, and practical approaches and perspectives, including program design and assessment, the impact of technology, global and multicultural issues, qualitative and quantitative research on classroom teaching, and case studies of best practices.

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About BPCQ

Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, ISSN 1080-5699 (formerly the Bulletin of the Association for Business Communication, ISSN 8756-1972 and Business Communication Quarterly), is published four times each year (March June, September, and December) by the Association for Business Communication and Sage Publications.  It is listed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

Call for Feature Topic

Papers for this feature topic, The Rhetoric of Sustainability, will analyze the structures and intent of these types of rhetorical claims.  Case studies, historical analyses, ethnographic treatments, rhetorical and discourse analyses, quantitative studies, or other appropriate research methodologies are acceptable.  Authors must clearly indicate the implications of their study for teaching communication in the workplace.  Please use APA (Sixth Edition) guidelines for citation and reference methodology.  Find Call for Papers with submission details.

Manuscript submission deadline November 1, 2020.

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Name Institution Dates
Melinda Knight Montclair State University 2010-present
Kathryn Riley Illinois Institute of Technology 2005-2010
Deborah C. Andrews University of Delaware 1997-2004
Scot Ober Ball State University 1994-1997
Kitty O. Locker Ohio State University 1992-1993, interim editor
Henrietta N. Shirk Northeastern University 1987-1992
Arn Tibbets University of Illinois 1980-1987
George H. Douglas University of Illinois 1968-1980
Publication suspended in 1966; resumed in 1968
Richard Felton University of Illinois 1965-1966
Robert D. Gieselman University of Illinois 1963-1965
Francis W. Weeks University of Illinois Guest Editors 1950-1956; Editor 1956-1963
Clyde W. Wilkinson University of Illinois Guest Editors 1948-1950
Hugh Sargent University of Illinois Guest Editors 1946-1948
W.H. Butterfield, K. Barker Horning, and A. L. Cosgrove University of Oklahoma Guest Editors 1946
Louis W. McKelvey and D. L. Lang Northwestern University Guest Editors 1946
C. R. "Andy" Anderson University of Illinois 1936-1956