About the Author
A biologist, teacher, consultant, and faculty developer, she has taught courses on college teaching, professional development, and diversity and social justice in higher education. She is a consultant to many colleges and universities on faculty development, and multicultural faculty and TA development initiatives in higher education.
She has contributed numerous articles on faculty development to such publications as Journal on Excellence in College Teaching; Journal of Staff, Program, and Organizational Development; and To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional and Organizational Development and has an extensive record of presentations and professional organization service.
M. Erin Porter is Senior Lecturer in the Department of management Science and Information Systems at The University of Texas, Austin. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business communication in the red McCombs School of Business and is departmental coordinator for the undergraduate multi-section business communication course. Prior to her current appointment, she was Director of Faculty Programs at the Center for Teaching Effectiveness at the University o f Texas, Austin. She has published in The Journal of Staff, Program, and Organizational Development; To Improve the Academy, and has a chapter in Practically Speaking: A Sourcebook for Instructional Consultants in Higher Education. She cowrote Business Communication, a textbook published by the American Press. She received the student generated Eyes of Texas Award for fall semester 2001.
She has been a tenured Associate Professor of Speech Communication at Southwest Texas State University where she was director for speech fundamentals and business speech coursed at two universities, director of the forensics program, taught graduate and undergraduate classes, and supervised graduate teaching assistants for large sections of introductory classes. She has been an adjunct professor at St. Edward's University and Austin Community College, as well as a consultant in the high-tech industry in Texas.
An educator, faculty developer, business consultant, and communication specialist, she has consulted on issues involving trends in communication skill sets for businesses, teams in the workplace, and interpersonal communication skills for business professionals, cross disciplinary teaching projects, and effective teaching methodology in university classrooms. She has authored articles on faculty development and business communication and has an extensive record of presentations, workshops, consulting assignments, and professional organization service.