The purpose of the award is to recognize, encourage, and reward excellence to an ABC member whose teaching has made an outstanding contribution to the business communication discipline. The recipient of the award is a person who, in the judgment of the Teaching Committee, has made a significant contribution to business communication teaching methodology and concepts during the three years preceding the presentation of the award. The award recipient receives a plaque and a monetary award contributed by a Board-approved sponsor(s). By existing agreement, the Association for Business Communication permits the sponsor(s) to publicize the name of the awardee in advertising.
The Teaching Committee considers the overall record of the recipient, with primary emphasis on the impact of the recipient’s teaching philosophy or methodology in business communication. Selection criteria include but are not limited to the following areas:
- Conference presentations and publications (publications must include teaching-related articles in the Business and Professional Communication Quarterly and/or International Journal of Business Communication).
- Current teaching or training experience with business communication courses and/or related courses.
- Evidence of positive student or participant evaluations.
- Evidence of positive administrative or peer evaluations.
Any member of the Association who has not won the award in the past and who is not a current member of the Teaching Committee may nominate a candidate for the Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award. The ABC Teaching Committee evaluates nominations and selects the recipient of the award.
Applicants must be nominated by a current ABC member or self-nominated. Nomination letters, either by post or email attachment, are due to the Teaching Committee's Meada Gibbs Subcommittee Chair, Andrew Quagliata, by July 30.
Application packets are due by August 6.
For prior candidates who are being renominated, a new nomination letter is required.
Teaching Committee, Meada Gibbs Subcommittee Chair
Andrew Quagliata, Cornell University
The award winner will be notified approximately August 30.
The chair will acknowledge receipt of the nomination via email to the nominator and nominee. The application package is due to the sub-committee chair by August 6. It should be a portfolio, submitted electronically as one .pdf file, and include the following:
- Resume (limited to 3 pages)
- A statement of teaching philosophy
- Description of research and its significance to teaching business communication (including 2-3 recent publications or abstracts)
- Evidence of positive teaching evaluations (limited to 6 pages) and a brief explanation
- Letters of support from dean and department chair
- List of up to 10 most significant publications, including at least one pedagogical article from either Business and Professional Communication Quarterly or International Journal of Business Communication (formerly Journal of Business Communication)
The portfolio must not exceed 30 pages. Please note that the committee will not consider incomplete portfolios nor any pages beyond 30.
Committee members will independently review the credentials of each nominee and determine a winner. The recipient will be announced during the annual conference Presidential Awards dinner. Members of the ABC Teaching Committee are ineligible to receive the award.