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April Rowsey


Lecturer at Baylor University


April Rowsey, Lecturer at Baylor University
"Your personal investment in sharpening your communication skills will set you apart in business and in life."

Degrees Held:

  • MA Human and Organizational Development
  • MBA – Baylor University
  • BSBA – University of Arkansas

Career Highlights:

  • Coaches MBA students to personal success in Management Communication and Strategic Communication
  • Served as Senior Advisor for FRG matters at the 63rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD) at Fort Drum, NY
  • Worked closely with teams of military and civilian leaders to innovate and implement numerous high-impact programs
  • Received the Public Service Commendation Medal on three separate occasions in recognition of dedication, impact and service

Why did you start teaching?

When I graduated from the Baylor MBA program in 2005, I (re)launched into my corporate career never dreaming I'd someday have the opportunity to be on this side of the classroom. To this day, the ability to coach and support graduate business students is very much a "pinch me I must be dreaming" experience.


What advice would you give to prospective online students?

Continue to hone your (communication) craft long after class has ended. Look for opportunities to speak and to practice (Toastmasters is a fantastic organization). Your personal investment in sharpening your communication skills will set you apart in business and in life.


What qualities make someone particularly successful in the business world?

The good news about communication skills is that refining them and using them well will serve you greatly in any career you choose.


What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Just one?! "Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World" by Cal Newport


Tell us something your students might not know about you:

I completed one of my master's degrees in an executive-style format; working 60+ hours in Memphis and driving to Nashville on the weekends - it was intense! I have currently finished a third of my doctoral degree (hybrid program) so I fully understand and appreciate the service and commitment that professional students have in managing career, school, and family obligations!


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