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Jason S. Wrench (Ed.D., West Virginia University) is an associate professor in the Communication and Media department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Dr. Wrench specializes in workplace learning and performance, or the intersection of instructional communication and organizational communication. His varied research interests include communibiology, computer-mediated communication, empirical research methods, humor, risk/crisis communication, and supervisor-subordinate interactions. Dr. Wrench regularly consults with individuals and organizations on workplace communication and as a professional speech coach for senior executives.
Dr. Wrench has published five previous books: Intercultural Communication: Power in Context, Communication, Affect, and Learning in the Classroom (2000, Tapestry Press), Principles of Public Speaking (2003, The College Network), Human Communication in Everyday Life: Explanations and Applications (2008, Allyn & Bacon), Quantitative Research Methods for Communication: A Hands-On Approach (2008, Oxford University Press), The Directory of Communication Related Mental Measures (Summer 2010, National Communication Association), Stand Up, Speak Out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking (2011, Flat World Knowledge), and Scared Speechless: Communication Apprehension, Avoidance, and Effectiveness (2013, Allyn & Bacon). Dr. Wrench is also the editor of three books on the subject of organizational communication: Casing Organizational Communication (2011, Kendall Hunt), Workplace Communication for the 21st Century: Tools and Strategies that Impact the Bottom Line: Vol. 1. Internal Workplace Communication, and Vol. 2. External Workplace Communication (2013, both with Praeger). Dr. Wrench was the editor of the Ohio Communication Journal from 2005-2007, served as an associate editor for Communication Research Reports from 2007-2010, and been on the editorial board for numerous academic journals. Furthermore, Dr. Wrench has published over 30 research articles that have appeared in various journals: Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, Education, Human Communication, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Intercultural Communication, Southern Communication Journal, The Source: A Journal of Education, and The NACADA Journal (National Association of Campus Advising).
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I've been very busy this past year. In October, Casing Organizational Communication (published by Kendall-Hunt) came out, which was followed almost immediately by Stand Up, Speak Out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking (by Flat World Knowledge). I’ve also been working on the 6th edition of Communication Apprehension, Avoidance, and Effectiveness (due out in July 2012 by Allyn & Bacon) and the 2nd edition of Quantitative Research Methods for Communication: A Hands-On Approach (due out in November 2012 by Oxford University Press). In addition to these four books, I also have been editing a two volume series on workplace communication titled Workplace Communication for the 21st Century: Tools and Strategies that Impact the Bottom Line. As if that’s not enough, I have a new book I’ve started an Organizational Communication textbook (with Flat World Knowledge), a PR Casebook (with Kendall-Hunt), and a Workplace Learning and Human Performance Improvement book (with Kendall Hunt). As if that’s not enough, I’m also starting my tenure as department chair at SUNY New Paltz in Fall 2012.