The School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) is the home of 6 discipline-based faculty departments.

Michele Zak  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Education:

  • Ph.D. English and Psychology, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • M.A. English, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A. English, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Certificate of Management University of California Management Institute

Teaching Experience:

  • Visiting Professor - University of Helsinki School of Economics and Business, Helsinki, Finland (1997 - 1997)
  • Visiting Professsor - Management, Graduate Business, Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, California, (1996 - Present)
  • Visiting Professor - Georgetown University Graduate School of Business, Washington, D.C. (1995 - 1996)
  • Faculty - School of Management, John F. Kennedy University, Walnut Creek, CA (1989 - 1992)
  • Director, - Faculty Development and Affirmative Action, University of California, Office of the President, (1983 - 1989)
  • Assistant Professor - Department of English, Kent State University (1976 - 1982)
  • Director, - Office of Human Resource Utilization, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (1976 - 1982)
  • Graduate Teaching Associate - Department of English, Ohio State University (1971 - 1973)

Professional Experience:

  • Director - Management Communication Program, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Stanford, California (1992 - 1997)
  • President - Michaels Associates, Oakland, CA, (1989 - Present)
  • Special Assistant to the Vice President - Academic and Staff Personnel, University of California, Office of the President (1982 - 1983)
  • Academic Coordinator - Women's Studies Certificate Program, College of Arts and Sciences, Kent State University (1977 - 1982)
  • Executive Director - Women's Resource and Policy Development Center (1974 - 1976)
  • Chief - Office of Women's Affairs, State of Ohio (1974 - 1975)
  • Assistant Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator - State of Ohio (1973 - 1975)

Awards:

  • Awarded video-conferencing equipment for the Management Communication Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in return for assistance in developing a marketing presentation for the product. - Intel Corporation (1994)
  • Faculty Development Grant: "Interdisciplinary Women's Studies Curriculum Development. - Kent State University (1977)

Grants:

  • Individual Research Grant - Saint Mary's College of California (2007)
    Grant for funds to research medical staff communication in intensive care units
  • NEH Summer Stipend - Kent State University (1981)
    Kent State University Senior Nominee: "Father-Daughter Relationships in Literature of Female Development.
  • Individual Research Grant - Saint Mary's College of California

Professional Licenses & Certifications:

  • Certificate of Management - University of California (July 1983)
    Intense residential summer training program in management for promising managers sponsored by administration and faculty of U. of California at UC Irvine

Presentations:

Selected Presentations

  • The Voice of the Nurse in the Hospital. Zak, Michele (paper, primary presenter)
    Corporate Communication Institute Annual Meeting
    Accepted for presentation
    (June 2011)
  • Advance One, Retreat Two. Zak, Michele (other-case)
    Western Casewriters Association
    (March 25, 2010)
  • The New Leadership in Traditional MBA Programs. Zak, Michele (paper, primary presenter)
    ICAM (International Conference on Advances in Management
    (July 2009)
  • Crisis Communication in Intensive Care. Zak, Michele (paper, primary presenter)
    Corporate Communication Institute Annual Meeting
    (June 2008)
  • "Teaching Business Communication in the Knowledge Economy.". Zak, Michele (talk, speech or lecture)
    California Colloquium on Business Communication, Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.
    (2000)
  • "Training Students in Learning History Methodology.". Zak, Michele (talk, speech or lecture)
    Management Communication Association Annual Meeting, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
    (1999)
  • "Narrative in the Business Context.". Zak, Michele (paper)
    Association of Business Communication Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX
    (1998)
  • "Whose New Broom Sweeps Clean Whose 'Webs of Significance'?: Using the Learning History on Behalf of Organizational Change.". Zak, Michele and Thomas, Gail Fann (paper)
    annual meeting of the Association for Business Communication
    (1996)
  • "Communicating with Employees Facing New Challenges,". Zak, Michele and Kelly, Christine (paper)
    annual meeting of the Association for Business Communication, Chicago, IL.
    (1996)
  • "'Paradigm, Mister?': Is Management Communication a Flash in the Pan?,". Zak, Michele (paper)
    annual meeting of the Association for Business Communication,Orlando, FL.
    (1995)
  • "Who's Listening?: Cultural and Ethnic Diversity in the National Parks Interpreters' Program,". Zak, Michele (paper)
    annual meeting of the Association for Business Communication, Orlando, FL.
    (1995)
  • "Integrating Organizational Communication and Management Communication in a Management Curriculum,". Zak, Michele (paper)
    annual meeting of the Association of Business Communication, San Diego, CA.
    (1994)
  • "Talk in the Workplace: The Effect of Diversity on Workplace Discourse,. Zak, Michele (paper)
    annual meeting of the Association of Business Communication, San Diego, CA.
    (1994)
  • "The Role and Function of Management Communication in the Graduate Management Curriculum,". Zak, Michele (paper)
    international meeting of the Academy for Business Administration, London, England
    (1994)
  • "'Boys Will Be Boys': Adolescent Communication Patterns in a Fragmented Organizational Culture,". Zak, Michele (paper)
    Association for Business Communication, Western Region, San Francisco.
    March 27-28, 1993,
    (1993)
  • "'It's Like a Prison in There': Powerlessness, Race, and Sex in a Fragmenting Organizational Culture,". Zak, Michele (paper)
    international meeting of the Academy for Business Administration,Cairo, Egypt.
    (1993)
  • "Women in the Academy: Current Status and Future Prospects,". Zak, Michele (paper)
    annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association of the ASA, Eugene, Oregon.
    (1987)
  • "Jewish Orthodoxy and Feminism in America: Case Studies From Life and Literature,". Zak, Michele and Kaplan, H (paper)
    Tradition and Transformation: Women in Jewish Culture, Ohio State U.
    (1981)
  • "Cultivating Their Own Gardens: Portrayals of Creative Women by American Women Writers,". Zak, Michele (paper)
    American Women in the Arts, l880-1980: An Interdisciplinary Conference, U. of Pittsburgh
    (1980)
  • "Motherhood and Menopause: An Interdisciplinary Perspective,". Zak, Michele and Reuter, J (paper, panel or forum member)
    Interdisciplinary Research Conference on Menopause, U. of Arizona
    Also chaired panel on "The Menopausal Woman in Literature."
    (1979)
  • "Women in the Skilled Trades,". Zak, Michele (paper)
    annual conference of the American Personnel and Guidance Association, Chicago
    (1976)
  • "Henry James and the Free Woman,". Zak, Michele (paper)
    annual conference of the Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis
    (1972)
  • Crisis Communication in Intensive Care. Zak, Michele
    Corporate

Publications:

  • Zak, Michele. 2012. The Doctor-Nurse Game in the Age of the Checklist: Communication and Collaboration in Health Care Management, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
  • Zak, Michele. January 2011. Advance One, Retreat Two: A Case for Problem Solving by Inquiry, Journal of Cases and Applications, vol. web site and journal forthcoming, issue scheduled for 2011, Academic and Business Research Institute
  • Zak, Michele. December 2009. Cognition and Communication in Critical Care: A Narrative Analysis, Australian Journal of Communication, University of Queensland
  • Zak, Michele. (1999). Leadership and the Art of Communication. Boston: Irwin McGraw-Hill
  • Zak, Michele & Kelly, Christine. (1999). "The Narrative in Professional Communication". Journal of Business Communication.
  • Zak, Michele. (1996). "The Politics of Cultural Diversity: A Response to "Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: the State of the Field," by Marlene Fine.. Journal of Business Communication.
  • Zak, Michele. (1994). "'It's Like a Prison in There': Fragmentation of Organizational Culture in a Newly Diversified Workplace.". Journal of Business and Technical Communication.
  • Zak, Michele. (1994). "Write or Wrong, Communication Counts,". Stanford Business School Magazine.
  • Zak, Michele & Merritt, Karen. (1990). "Women in Higher Education,"A Handbook of American Women's History. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, Vol. 696, 676-679.
  • Zak, Michele. (1984). "Brian Moore,". Critical Surveys of Long Fiction.
  • Zak, Michele & Moots, P. (1983). Women and the Politics of Culture: Studies in the Sexual Economy. New York: Longman
  • Zak, Michele & Reuter, Jeanette. (1982). "Erik Erikson and Doris Lessing: Psychological Theory and the Female Novel of Development.". Changing Perspectives on Menopause, 170-86.
  • Zak, Michele & Yang, S. (1981). Part-Time Faculty Employment in Ohio: A Statewide Study. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University
  • Zak, Michele. (1979). "Deification and Disdain: A Literary View of Black and Jewish Mothers.". Journal of Psychology and Judaism, Vol. 3, 268-77.
  • Zak, Michele. (1973). Feminism and the New Novel: George Eliot, Henry James, Virginia Woolf, and Doris Lessing.. Ohio State University
  • Zak, Michele. (1973). "The Grass is Singing: A Little Novel About the Emotions.". Contemporary Literature, Vol. 1, 481-90.
  • Zak, Michele. (1973). "The Grass is Singing: A Little Novel About the Emotions.". Doris Lessing.
  • Zak, Michele & Kelly, Christine. (). "A Rhetoric of Management: Management Communication in the Management Education Curriculum,". .
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