Susan Fredricks

Associate Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences
Office Phone: 610-892-1373
Office Location: Vairo Library, 130

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Susan received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas and her M.A. degree in Corporate and Public Communications from Seton Hall University. She has been teaching business communication, management, public speaking, organizational communication, political communication, human communication and women’s studies courses since the mid 1990s.

Currently, Susan is an associate professor at Penn State Brandywine in the Communication Arts and Sciences program. Her research includes pedagogical topics relating to public speaking courses, business and organizational communication, international studies, and leadership development.

Recent Publications:

Blood & Guts: New Findings for Ethics Pedagogy. Disk and On-Line Published Proceedings Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA, August, 2007.

Book Chapter published: “Macro versus Micro Ethical Dilemmas: Understanding ethics on a smaller scale.” Publication: Business Ethics in Focus. February, 2007. (with A. Hornett).

Not My Problem Vs Skin In The Game: Experimenting With Ethical Discernment And Leadership Development. On-Line Published Proceedings Eastern Academy of Management Meeting, Saratoga Spring, NY, May, 2006. (with A. Hornett).

Book review: Political communication in a new era: a cross-national perspective. Southern Communication Journal, Winter 2005, Volume 70 Issue 2, pp. 174-175.

Learning Business Ethics: Interactive Web-Based Scenarios and Other Insights on Ethical Discernment. Published Proceedings for The 12th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, New York, NY, October 2005 (with A. Hornett).

Teaching Ethics Through Web-Scenarios: Exploring Students’ Ethical Decisions.Published Proceedings for the Association of Collegiate Business Schools Programs Conference, Washington D.C., June 2005 (with A. Hornett).

An Empirical and Theoretical Exploration of Disconnections Between Leadership and Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics, July 2005, Volume 59 Number 3, pp. 233 – 246. (with A. Hornett)

Teaching Impromptu Speaking: A Pictorial Approach. Communication Teacher, July 2005, Volume 19, Number 3, pp. 75-79.

Teaching Ethical Behavior – Influencing Student Interpretations and Behaviors From Good to Great. Published Proceedings for the Association of Collegiate Business Schools Programs Conference, Phoenix, AZ, June 2004. (with A. Hornett)

Teaching Business Ethics to Undergraduate Students. The Successful Professor, February, 2004. (with A. Hornett)

Creating and Maintaining Networks Among Leaders: An Exploratory Case Study of Two Leadership Training Programs. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Summer, 2003.

Development and Assessment of the Innovative Curriculum: Required On-line Courses. Published Proceedings for the Association of Collegiate Business School Programs Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, June, 2003. (co-authored)

Karaoke in Public Speaking: Enhancing Nonverbal Delivery Skills. The Successful Professor, February, 2003.

Goal Model of Organizational Effectiveness: A Study of Leadership Kansas. The Journal of Arts and Sciences in Career and Experiential Education, Spring, 2001.

Exposing and Exploring State-wide Community Leadership Training Programs. The Journal of Leadership Studies, Spring, 1998.