Professors hit the road for conventions

Two Fort Hays State University professors of communication studies recently presented case studies to national organizations.

Dr. Carrol Haggard, associate professor, and Dr. Margaret Miller Butcher, assistant professor, attended the November 2009 National Communication Association convention in Chicago, Ill., where they presented their paper "Ethnocentrism and Intercultural Willingness to Communicate: A Cross-cultural Comparison Between Chinese and U.S. College Students." Dawne Leiker, a 2009 master of liberal studies FHSU graduate, who also works in FHSU's Center for Civic Leadership, also presented her paper, "Kansas Newspapers in the 21st Century: Adaptation to Innovation."

Haggard and co-author Dr. Patricia LaPoint, McMurry University, Abilene, Texas, presented their study, "MacPherson Manufacturing Company: Strategic Operations Planning," at the October 2009 Allied Academies International Convention in Las Vegas. The case examines the need for a company to downsize its product lines.

LaPoint and Haggard also collaborated on another case, "Workplace Violence Hits Home: Are you Ready?," published in the September 2009 issue of The Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies. This study received the Distinguished Research Award at the April 2008 Allied Academies Convention.

"The purpose of this case study is to get students to look at issues for developing a workplace violence policy in an organization," Haggard said.

For more information regarding Haggard's case studies or research, email him at

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