The International Association for Business Communication (ABC) recently presented two of its highest honors to James M. Dubinsky, an associate professor of English in Virginia Tech's College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and inaugural director of the university's Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships.

Dubinsky, who has just concluded his year as president of the ABC, received the 2009 Meada Gibbs Outstanding Teacher Award in recognition of his significant contributions to business communication teaching methodology and concepts. He also was designated a fellow of the ABC, which is the association’s highest honor.

The honors were presented during the association’s 74th annual international convention, which was held in Portsmouth, Va., the first week in November.

Dubinsky joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1998 and is founding director of the Department of English’s Professional Writing Program and of the university’s Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships. He also serves as chair of the board of directors of the YMCA at Virginia Tech.

Among the honors he has received for his teaching and research at Virginia Tech are the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, the Diggs Teaching Scholar Award, an XCaliber Certificate of Excellence for Innovative Uses of Technology, and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Award for Outreach Excellence.

In 2009 Virginia Tech University Unions and Student Activities selected Dubinsky to receive the second Hokie Community Award, which honors exemplary multi-year service to the Hokie Nation, demonstrated support of university missions and values, and embodiment of the university’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Dubinsky is the author/editor of Teaching Technical Communication and is a contributor to professional journals, including the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning and the Technical Communication Quarterly.

He completed his Ph.D. at Miami University, Ohio; his master’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley; and his bachelor’s degree at Wake Forest University.

The Association for Business Communication (ABC) is an international organization committed to fostering excellence in business communication scholarship, research, education, and practice.

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