Clinical Professor, Mason School of Business
The College of William & Mary
Dr. Robert H. Stowers was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and has taken both traditional and non-traditional routes to further his education.
He earned his B.A. in English and his M.Ed. in Counseling from American International College and pursued advanced graduate studies at the University of Utah.
doctoral degree was granted by Rutgers University
and included a dissertation on strategies for writing assessment and improvement.
dissertation involved 35 southeastern Pennsylvania school districts and investigated factors related to writing performance on university writing placement tests.
Currently, Bob is a Clinical Professor of Management and Leadership Communications at the Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary.
At William & Mary, he teaches students at all levels including undergraduate and graduate students and the school's professional development center.
Further, he initiated a communication skills program that includes assessment of students' presentation and writing skills and directs an innovative writing program that includes the hiring of writing consultants that work with students individually and in small groups.
He also oversees the administration of presentation skills breakout groups that help students develop their presentation skills in intensive instruction.
With extensive teaching experience, he has taught at Kent State University, The University of Akron, and in his present position at The College of William and Mary.
Previously, he held administrative posts as Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Midwestern University, Director of Graduate Studies at Kent State University, and Director of Admissions at Lake Erie College.
With the Association for Business Communication (ABC), he has served on various committees including a present assignment with the AASCB Liaison Committee.
Bob has been an ABC member and has presented at the national conference yearly since 1995.
has diverse research interests and has conducted research into leadership styles and techniques, writing improvement, effective presentation skills, strategies to teach more effectively, and the coaching and mentoring processes.
has consulted with NASA Goddard, NASA Langley, the Virginia Beach Public Schools
, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
, Riverside Health Systems
, the Virginia Water Environment Association
, and the Medical Society of Virginia
among many other organizations.
is a sought-after keynote speaker for regional and national conferences, and he
has published widely in journals such as: the Business Communication Quarterly. the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, the Business Education Forum, and the Journal of Business and Technical Communication