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June A. West

Associate Professor
Area Coordinator, Management Communication
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 153
90 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.S. Ed., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
MEd, Kent State University
Ed.D., Lehigh University

Assistant Professor June West teaches First-Year Management Communication in the MBA program at Darden and Second-Year electives in special topics in organizational communication.  She is the Faculty Co-director of the Partnership for Leaders in Healthcare Management and is a clinical assistant professor of Nursing.  She serves as a University faculty liaison to the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, and is an adjunct faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute.  West also directs a Darden faculty team that teaches in the summer orientation program for the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows program that places active-duty military officers in corporations for a one-year fellowship.

West was instrumental in the 2003 inception of the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE). This partnership between the graduate schools of business and education was formed to strategically combine the most innovative thinking in business and education to provide education leaders with the knowledge, tools, skills and resources necessary for managing and governing schools and school systems. West served as the academic director and today is an active faculty member in the PLE's School Turnaround Specialist Program, now the most established school turnaround program in the country. She consults with school districts on developing and communicating strategic vision and building effective coalitions. She also consults with universities throughout the country whose schools of business and education are creating similar partnerships.

West has been in the business of communication since her graduation in 1972 from the University of Tennessee (UT). She was a member of the staff for the Tennessee Statistical Abstract published by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in UT's College of Business and Economics in conjunction with the Office of the Governor of Tennessee. She then was appointed Editor of the Tennessee Survey of Business, an academic refereed journal published by CBER and the College of Business.

She moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she first worked at the Cleveland Health Education Center as director of public relations and assistant director of development. Her primary responsibilities were to produce the center's newsletter and promotional literature as well as to increase membership in and visitors to the center. Through a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, West designed an innovative summer camp for high school students interested in careers in the health sciences. Another partnership with ABC's affiliate news station in Cleveland brought the local evening news to the center for the broadcast of its weekly medical segment. She then accepted a position as senior editor of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in Cleveland, where she was responsible for writing and producing the foundation's publications. She was a member of the editorial team for professor John Goodlad's Study of Schooling, a comprehensive investigation of the state of the nation's schools. The study was funded by some of the nation's major foundations including the Ford, Rockefeller, Kettering, Gund, Charles Stewart Mott, Danforth and Jennings foundations.

West's move to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1980 began her transition from communication practitioner to academic. At Lehigh University, she first worked as the research editor for the Office of Vice President of Research, where she was responsible for promoting the activities for Lehigh's research centers and institutes.

She then was asked to join the faculty of Lehigh's College of Business and Economics to design and develop one of the first centers for business communication in the country. Funded by a generous donation from Lehigh alumni Philip Rauch, the center offered courses in undergraduate and graduate managerial communication and corporate communication as well as writing across the curriculum program. The center housed a business writing clinic, staffed by MBA students, and a corporate communication intern program.

West left Lehigh to join the faculty at the Stern School of Business at New York University and then accepted a tenure-track appointment in the Master of Arts Program in Corporate and Public Communication at Seton Hall University. At Seton Hall she served on two presidential commissions to design Seton Hall's virtual university. She also was on the faculty team that designed and developed the executive graduate program in Corporate and Public Communication.

As a communication consultant, West has worked with executives in a variety of organizations, universities and public school districts. Some of her clients have included AT&T; IBM; Clark Construction; Digital Equipment; Binney & Smith, a division of Hallmark; The Heritage Foundation; Jefferson Area Board of Aging; Louisiana Department of Education; Pennsylvania Power & Light; Occidental Chemical Corporation and the Mississippi State University Colleges of Business and Education.

West lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has two sons, Benjamin and Nathan.

GBAC 7206: Leadership I: Management Communications
Credits: 1
You will receive guidance and hands-on experience to communicate effectively as managers and leaders. We will examine communication strategies essential for success in business and identify personal strengths and goals. You will improve your communication strategy and will help you appreciate the power of personal and organizational narratives but also deliver successful written documents, oral presentations, and data journalism.
GBUS 7210: Leadership Communication
Credits: 2
This course gives students the guidance and hands-on experience that will allow them to communicate effectively as managers and leaders. Students will examine communication strategies essential for success in business, identify their personal strengths and goals, and practice activities that build upon proven competencies and offer practice in new approaches. Students will gain comfort and skill in a personal communication style that is authentic, credible, and authoritative. The course will improve students' understanding of and ability to apply communication strategy, and will help them not only appreciate the power of personal and organizational narratives but also deliver successful written documents and oral presentations.
GBUS 7211: Management Communications Part II
Credits: 2
This course gives students the guidance and hands-on experience that will allow them to communicate effectively as managers and leaders. Students will examine communication strategies essential for success in business, identify their personal strengths and goals, and practice activities that build upon proven competencies and offer practice in new approaches.
GBUS 7612: Speaking about Business
Credits: 2
By exploring in more depth the strategies of communication framed in the First-Year Management Communication course, this course offers students the opportunity to obtain the polished presentation skills, particularly oral, so necessary for a successful career.
GBUS 7620: Interpersonal Communications
Credits: 2
This course looks at the barriers that limit individual and institutional networks and explores the ways in which networks can be expanded and strengthened resulting in more effective interpersonal communications. Students will learn that managers who understand and identify such networks are better informed, more effective, and more influential in their positions. Also included in the course will be the study of interpersonal, social, and organizational networks, how they can be created, and why they are valuable. Although the course will build on a number of the concepts presented in First-Year Management Communication, including audience analysis and persuasion, it will focus most closely on the role that storytelling plays in network creation and expansion. Instructional methodologies are a balance of cases and presentations, along with technical readings where appropriate. Leveraging our diverse community, role playing, impromptu speeches, narratives, more formal presentations, and some short written work will be used to build the skills necessary for effective networks. Students may choose a final presentation and paper to complete the course.
GBUS 8320: Leadership Communication During Times of Disruption and Transformation
Credits: 2
In this course students will be immersed in real time cases of multinational companies that are challenged with communicating the rationale and imperatives behind their strategic renewal, reset, or total organizational transformation.
GBUS 8414: Advanced Managerial Communication
Credits: 2
This course is designed to assist students in their transition from the academic to the corporate environment. It will provide an opportunity for students to explore in more depth the strategies of communication framed in First Year Management Communication. It will offer students more practice in written and oral presentation work that will include frequent, individual meetings with the instructor for personal assessment and evaluation. The course will ask students to examine their personal communication styles including both their nonverbal behavior as well as how they express themselves in writing and in public presentations to both large and small groups. Areas examined in the course will be communication networks and organization channels, common barriers that lead to communication disruptions, the challenges of dealing with troubled and troubling constituencies, and specific communication frameworks that contribute to a vibrant corporate culture. More topics covered will be message structure strategies, the presentation development process, proposals, reports and business plans, customer and client meetings, communication audits and needs assessments, and communicating change and strategies for dealing with conflict and creating consensus.
GBUS 8645: Honor the Trad of Past While Confront the Chall of the Future-Dubai/Bahrain
Credits: 2
The course will explore the issues facing leaders in the region through engagements in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain. These two countries have adopted different approaches to economic development and their vision for the future while considering their long tradition and history. We will explore the current and future plans for economic development, the role of business leaders in shaping these changes and their roles.
GBUS 8999: Darden Independent Study
Credits: 2–3
A Darden Independent Study elective includes either case development or a research project to be conducted by an individual student under the direction of a faculty member. Students should secure the agreement of a resident faculty member to supervise their independent study and assign the final grade that is to be based to a significant degree on written evidence of the individual student's accomplishment.