Academic journal article Business Communication Quarterly

Dissertation Research

Academic journal article Business Communication Quarterly

Dissertation Research

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A column sponsored by the ABC Research Committee

NOW IN ITS 6TH YEAR, this annual research column presents the work of two new, emerging scholars in professional communication. Doreen Starke-Meyerring received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and is now an assistant professor at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Carlos Evia is a Ph.D. candidate at Texas Tech University and has accepted an assistant professor position at Virginia Tech beginning fall 2004.

Each of these scholars holds an earlier degree from a university outside the United States, which may provide some insight into their common interest in conducting research into educational practices in a global context. For their dissertations, both researchers conducted studies that offer new ideas about the rapidly changing world of academe, calling our attention to global trends that are shaping higher education.

Starke-Meyerring's dissertation reports a cross-cultural critical rhetorical analysis of higher education policy initiatives related to Internet usage in the United States and Germany. Through this study, she demonstrates how the notably different rhetoric used to shape national policy in each of these two countries ultimately yields similar conceptualizations of the overarching importance of the Internet in higher education. Evia's dissertation presents a multimodal study of the learning experiences of students in introductory professional writing courses at two universities on the U. …

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