Department of Communication and Media Presents Dr. Charles Conrad as Keynote Speaker during COMM Week

April 13, 2015

Department of Communication and Media Presents Dr. Charles Conrad as Keynote Speaker during COMM Week
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Distinguished Communication Scholar Dr. Charles Conrad gave a keynote speech titled, “Communication and Decision-Making in Global Engineering Organizations,” on April 9 during COMM Week at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The keynote by Conrad, a Professor of Organizational Communication and Organizational Rhetoric/Strategic Communication at Texas A&M University in College Station, was one of several events planned as part of COMM Week held from April 7-9. COMM Week was presented by the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Department of Communication & Media.

“Dr. Conrad is an internationally-renown organizational communication scholar, and we are delighted to host him at the Island University as he discusses his research on cultural influences and decision-making,” said Kellie Smith, Professional Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media and event organizer.

Conrad’s research focuses on the interface among organizational discourse, power, and politics and has appeared in numerous journals including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Communication Monographs. He is conducting research on the processes through which organizational discourse influences healthcare policymaking. Conrad, a past editor of Management Communication Quarterly, has written the books “Global Engineering” (2009), “Organizational Rhetoric” (2011) and “Strategic Organizational Communication,” 7th ed. (2012).

Following Conrad’s presentation, Dr. Amy Aldridge Sanford, Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication and Media, presented Conrad with an Island University clock.

Other featured COMM Week events included various guest lecturers including a visit from John-Thomas Kobos, Morning News Anchor at KIII-TV, a career night panel featuring professionals from the community, and career-related workshops.