The Office of Faculty Development

Best Practices in Communication

Communication is a massive topic with gazillions of rabbit holes you can dive into. Yet it is one of the most important things for you to consider. Quality communication drives connection, understanding, and engagement. 

In this Teaching Guide, we’re going to explore many facets of communication. It is crucial from language barriers, lived experiences, structure, delivery, tone, and tech tools. Speaking of tech tools, I would be remiss not to include the first thing that comes to mind with ‘communication,’ which is email. 

Did you know the average university faculty member works 61 hours/wk? Weekdays consist of 10+ hour days with another 10 hours combined over the weekend.  Of that time, 17% was spent in meetings and 13% in email. TWENTY HOURS EACH WEEK in meetings and emails. Indeed there has to be a way to cut some of the excesses here. In the resources below, you will find some ideas.

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