April Rowsey

Lecturer at Baylor University

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"Your personal investment in sharpening your communication skills will set you apart in business and in life."

Degrees Held:

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

In which online degree program do you teach?

MBA – Executive Communication Concentration

Career Highlights:

  • Lecturer at Baylor University since 2016
  • 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:

    When I moved from New York to Texas in August 2016, I don't think I'd ever experienced heat so intense. It didn't take me long, however, to adjust. By the following winter, I had my heated seats on the highest setting like a true Texan once the temperature dipped below 50 degrees. Just like many of our graduate business students, 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! So, I fully understand and appreciate the commitment and sacrifice that professional students make in managing career, graduate school and family obligations.

  • What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

    In Strategic Communication, students will learn best practices in strategizing, designing, and delivering in key communication-related professional contexts (writing, presenting, and slideshow design) while integrating aspects of logic and persuasion. Students will also sharpen their skills in developing rapport with others including listening, giving and receiving feedback, and giving voice to your professional ethical values.

    In Communicating with Data, students will learn how organizations increasingly rely on data to drive informed decisions, which is a key challenge for managers when they need to convey data visualizations into actionable information for key stakeholders and non-technical audiences. Grounded in best practices for translating data graphics into meaningful insights and strategy, this communication-centered course is designed to help executives and managers communicate data effectively at all levels.

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