Ethics Camps

Recently the New York Times (July 27, 2005, p. B7) published an article on ethics camps for science teachers and I thought what a great idea to extend this to communication and have ethics camps for communication instructors where we can share insights and experiences on communication ethics.

Relationship Article

Here's an article that can easily spark some great class discussion. MSN Women - Article

The Power of the Example

If anyone doubts the power of the example--in a public speech or in conversation--take a look at this ad. As an aside, some years ago while I was teaching persuasion, I had students write an analysis of an advertisement. In this class I decided that I would also do all the assignments I asked the students to do--it takes a lot of time; much more time than you anticipate, btw--and I analyzed a similar ad on the horrendous treatment of the calf and haven't eaten veal since.


Blogs about Relationships

Here is a listing of a wide variety of blogs on "relationships"--there has to be lots of good examples for interpersonal classes within these blogs.
Relationships - Blogarama


If anyone with a syllabus online for any of my books wants to share that syllabus please do so. Just include the URL with any additional comments you'd care to make.


MSN Women - Article

Relevant (?) Article
This is not the kind of article we usually use in our classes but I thought it was interesting nonetheless. Also I liked the hot links to additional material (in one case an interesting self-test on relationship cheating).
MSN Women - Article


The smell of relaxation

A recent note in the New York Times talks of a study to be published in Hospitality Management that finds that the scent of lavender in a restaurant seems to make people relax, spend more time in the restaurant, and spend an average of $5 more than when there was no scent or the scent was lemon.

What's in a Name

It’s always difficult selecting names for hypothetical characters in a textbook so for the “Developing Strategies” marginal notes in Essential Elements of Public Speaking 2—which you may have already noticed—I selected names from television shows: Chapters and shows: 1= Becker, 2 = Law and Order, 3 = My Wife and Kids, 4 = The District, 5 = Desperate Housewives, 6 = 24, 7 = CSI Miami, 8 = George Lopez, 9 = Taxi (I had to include this one because of Danny DeVito, though no relation), 10 = Joan of Arcadia, 11 = Monk, and 12 = Cold Case. While I tried to select different types of shows, I didn’t try to match the public speaking task with the characters in any way—it was totally random. If anyone has a better idea of how to select names, please let me know.