Academic journal article The Journal of Business Communication

Reflections and Epiphanies: Papers from the Plenary Session of the 2001 Association for Business Communication Convention. (Forum)

Academic journal article The Journal of Business Communication

Reflections and Epiphanies: Papers from the Plenary Session of the 2001 Association for Business Communication Convention. (Forum)

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The Association for Business Communication is a community of scholars-researchers, teachers, and practitioners-engaged in dialogue that aims to foster excellence in business communication. Nowhere is this dialogue more fully realized than in our annual forum honoring the winners of ABC's two most prestigious awards: the Outstanding Researcher Award and the Meada Gibbs Outstanding Teacher Award.

The Outstanding Researcher Award is given each year to an ABC member who has a long and distinguished history of research and publication--and who has made a significant impact on the field of business communication. This year's winner, Jone Rymer, is notable not only for her own research and publication but also for her service as chair of ABC's Publications Board. In this capacity, she has mentored and co-mentored many ABC colleagues and strengthened the entire ABC research community.

The Meada Gibbs Outstanding Teacher Award is named for one of our most beloved colleagues, who was on the path to becoming ABC president when she died tragically in an automobile accident, leaving behind her a legacy of outstanding teaching that serves as a model for us all. This year's winner, Jenny Gilsdorf, is a past president of ABC who exemplifies the scholarship of teaching in her ability to learn from her students and to share what she learns with her ABC colleagues, through presentation and publication.

Jone and Jenny came together this fall in a plenary session that opened ABC's annual convention in La Jolla. In that forum, they took the opportunity to reflect on their experiences as researchers and teachers. …

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