Ashland University Communication Professor Releases New Book

Dr. Theodore Avtgis

8/3/12 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Theodore Avtgis, Ashland University communication professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies, has released a new book called “Organizational Communication: Strategies for Success.”

Avtgis was the senior author for this book, and received help from authors and professors Andrew Rancer from the University of Akron and Corey Liberman from Manhattan Marymount College.

“This book takes a social scientific approach to communication within organizations of all sorts. It integrates interactive web components through the use of QR codes and interactive exercises that greatly enhance the learning experience for the student,” Avtgis said. “The book balances theory and research in a way that provides students with a holistic understanding of how communication is used, analyzed and assessed in the work place.”

Avtgis said that “Organizational Communication: Strategies for Success” has become a widely used textbook for organizational communications courses.

“I believe that the book is so widely used due to its highly interactive components as well as its balance of theory and practice,” Avtgis said. “The book advances the communication theory involved in organizations but also presents the skill-sets that an organization communication specialist needs to succeed in a career. Quality theory and research presented in context is a very powerful learning tool.”

The book was published by Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. based in Iowa, and Paul Carty, director of Publishing Partnerships with Kendall, said the book “strikes a dynamic balance between theory and application.”

Carty said the book provides the student with applied pedagogy at all levels of the genre and incorporates the interdisciplinary aspect of communication as well by utilizing research from psychology, business/management and sociology.

Avtgis joined the Ashland University community as professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies in the summer of 2011 after serving as associate professor of communication for six years and assistant professor of communication for three years at West Virginia University. Prior to that, he served as assistant professor of communication at St John’s University.

Dr. Avtgis received his Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1999 in communication studies with an emphasis on organizational and interpersonal communication. He also has co-authored six other books.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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