Faculty: Business Communication
Business Communication: Faculty and Research
As the Chair of the Department of Business Communication, welcome to our site. Our core communication courses and innovative electives span the Marshall undergraduate and graduate programs. These courses provide students with 21st century knowledge and tools to leverage communication to achieve their professional goals. Our faculty are leaders in their field, dedicated to the communication success of each student. I invite you to explore our rich menu of courses, and please check back often to learn about new courses, speaker events, and the important research of our faculty.
We all look forward to meeting and collaborating with you in our classrooms soon.
— Kirk Snyder
Department Chair and Professor of Clinical Business Communication
Jolanta Aritz specializes in intercultural business communication, small-group decision-making, leadership communication and virtual teams. Professor Aritz is co-author of the book Leadership Talk: A Discourse Approach to Leader Emergence and co-editor of the Discourse Perspectives on Organizational Communication book. She serves as Vice-president for the Western region of the Association of Business Communication. Prof. Aritz is a former Fulbright scholar and recipient of multiple awards, including the Distinguished Publication on Business Communication, the USC Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching, and the Mellon mentoring award.
Pete Cardon teaches a variety of business communication courses. He researches team communication, role of technology in leadership communication, and intercultural business communication. Professor Cardon previously served as President of the Association of Business Communication. Pete previously taught at the University of South Carolina for six years and Utah State University for three years. Before working in higher education, he held several marketing and management positions in the tourism and manufacturing industries. He is the author of Business Communication: Developing Leaders for a Networked World and co-author of Business and Professional Communication: Putting People First.
Lee is an expert in rhetoric who has taught both of our main undergraduate courses, BUAD 302 and WRIT 340, and has coordinated our series of communication classes for doctoral students. Lee’s classes are noted for revolving around books and other readings on current issues that change year-to-year, such as the industrial food system, the water crisis in the United States, the financial crisis, and most recently the debt ceiling crisis. Lee has also become one of Marshall’s leaders in ethics instruction. He developed and for several years taught ethics seminars in various accounting courses, and worked on the revision of Marshall’s Ethics and Professional Communication undergraduate elective. Lee has made numerous service contributions over the years, including serving as a faculty advisor in various student case competitions.
Maria Colman is the owner and founder of handmadeMaria®. The original business plan was part of her MBA at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. Maria has over 30 years' experience in retail marketing, accounting management, direct sales, and education. Her upcycled products and art pieces are sold at brick and mortar and online stores.
Courses taught include; BUAD 302, BUAD 302T, WRIT 340, GSBA 542, and GSBA 523T—core courses for undergraduate and graduate students.
Her commitment to her students surpasses teaching—she also coaches undergraduate student teams for case competitions as an advisor for the Marshall Case Team and accompanies them to competitions.