Designed for a junior or senior course, this comprehensive text focuses on gender's impact on communication. Engaging and timely topics addressed in it range from the "nature vs. nurture" debate to the effects of media on gender communication and personal relationships.
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GenderSpeak: Personal Effectiveness in Gender Communication,Fourth Edition
Diana K. Ivy, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
Phil Backlund, Central WashingtonUniversity
GenderSpeak: Personal Effectiveness in Gender Communicationis an examination of the attitudes, gender identities, and stereotypes that characterize communication in relationships, with the ultimate goal of improving communication between the sexes.
Focused on communication about as well as between women and men, this practical and readable text connects material to students’ everyday lives. GenderSpeak provides students with a balanced approach to the study of gender communication, presenting current research and a variety of perspectives and sources, while avoiding slant or bias.
Diana K. Ivy received her undergraduate degree in speech communication and theatre from Texas Wesleyan University in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. After serving Wesleyan for four years as Assistant Director of Admissions, Ivy pursued graduate education in the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma. Concentrating on instructional and interpersonal communication there, she received her M.A. in 1984 and her Ph.D. in 1987. Ivy’s first faculty position was in the Department of Speech Communication at Southwest Texas State University, where she received the Professor of the Year Award from the Nontraditional Student Organization and the departmental Outstanding Teacher Award. She then served four years as Basic Course Director in the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University. Currently, Ivy is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Director of the Women’s Center for Education and Service at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.sti.
Philip M. Backlund received his undergraduate degree in business administration and a master’s degree in speech communication from Humboldt State University (California). His first academic position was at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks as an assistant professor. Then he pursued a Ph.D. in speech communication at the University of Denver. During his graduate program he taught full and part time for Arapahoe Community College. After received his Ph.D., he and his growing family moved to Utica, New York where he taught at Utica College. After two years in New York, he and his family returned to the west to Central Washington University where he is currently a professor of speech communication and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. The students of Central Washington University have twice honored him with the Associated Students Distinguished Professor of the Year Award.
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