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Communication Ethics: Activities for Critical Thinking and Reflection

Author(s): Spoma Jovanovic, Tammy Swenson Lepper, Leeanne McManus, Melba Velez Ortiz, Robert Ballard, Michelle Leavitt, Lori Charron

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2021

Pages: 250

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Communication Ethics: Activities for Critical Thinking and Reflection helps readers make informed decisions about many of the ethical questions they will face throughout life.  Instead of providing readers with the definitive answers, it provides guidance and empowers readers to make the best ethical decision.

Communication Ethics: Activities for Critical Thinking and Reflection:

  • presents communication ethics as less about rules—and even much less about clarity—than it is about discovery.
  • emphasizes the importance of asking questions, thinking about the possibilities, and reflecting on the consequences, rather than having answers handed to you.
  • integrates dozens of activities that revolve around four main areas of inquiry or questions, related to knowledge, skills, values, and action.
  • features questions to expand knowledge, focus on what you need to know to be ethical in the society you live in today, and how you can learn these things.
  • is interactive! The publication embeds activities to promote active learning.

Acknowledgments
About the Authors

Chapter 1 Introduction
Activity: Defining Communication Ethics
Welcome Activity
The Check In
Communication Ethics and Abilities

Chapter 2 Ethical Perspectives and Philosophical Thinking
What’s in a Name?
Alligator River
The 42 Laws of Maat
How Well Do You Know Yourself?

Chapter 3 Interpersonal Communication Ethics
What is Dialogic Ethics?
Listening Otherwise
Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment
The Virtues of Identity
In-Class Activity for Reciprocity
The Ethical Inevitability of Conflict
Reading: The Question of Acknowledgment

Chapter 4 Organizational and Small Group Communication Ethics
Finding Your Fit
Hot Topics
Using Instructional Simulations to Identify Ethical Dilemmas and Apply Ethical Perspectives
What Choice Would You Make?
Racism and Stereotyping in the Workplace
Small Group Communication Ethics
Building the Character to Lead

Chapter 5 Communication in Public and Community Activism
Communication Ethics and Activism
Participating in Municipal Politics
News Talks
Voting, Elections, and Me
What Free Speech Boundaries, if any, Do We Want?
History Lessons
Reading: Communication, Dialogue, and Student Activism

Chapter 6 Social Media and Communication Ethics
Privacy
Dialogic Ethics Challenge
Coastal Succulents
What Do You Give Up to Keep Up with Your Friends?
Designing a Social Media Platform Based on Ethical Perspectives
No More Net Neutrality?

Chapter 7 Putting Ethics into Your Everyday Practice
Wrapping It Up
Crafting Your Ethical Voice
Your Ethical Credo
Your Ethical Journey

Spoma Jovanovic

Spoma Jovanovic (Ph.D., University of Denver) is a Professor in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She collaborates on community initiatives with grassroots organizations to advance dialogue and creative action. A former Chair of the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association, Jovanovic is author of Democracy, Dialogue and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro (University of Arkansas) and a 2019-2020 Fellow with the University of California’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.

Tammy Swenson Lepper

Tammy Swenson-Lepper (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is a Professor and internship director in the Communication Studies Department at Winona State University. Her research interests include communication ethics, ethical sensitivity, pedagogy and communication ethics, organizational communication, and service learning. She is a former Chair of the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association. Her most recent publication, for which she was lead author, “Cyberbullies, Trolls, and Stalkers: Students’ Perceptions of Ethical Issues in Social Media,” was published in the Journal of Media Ethics.

Leeanne McManus

Leeanne M. Bell McManus (Ph.D., Duquesne University, 2007) is a professor in the Business Communication Department at Stevenson University and the Vice President of the Eastern Communication Association. She has co-authored two books, Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference (with Ronald C. Arnett and Janie Harden Fritz) and Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice (with Chip Rouse and Stephanie Verni). She has published excerpts in Integrated Marketing Communication: Creating Spaces for Engagement (with Chip Rouse), Exploring Communication Ethics: Interviews with Influential Scholars in the Field (with Ronald C. Arnett and Pat Arneson), and The Encyclopedia of Social Identity. Dr. Bell McManus has also published in Atlantic Journal of Communication, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Communication Annual: Journal of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Communication Education, Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, and Review of Communication.

Melba Velez Ortiz

Melba Vélez Ortiz (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is an Associate Professor of Communication at Grand Valley State University. She is a former Chair of the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association. Her research interests include communication ethics, global ethics, intellectual history, and environmental communication. Her most recent publication Maatian Ethics in a Communication Context (Routledge Press, 2020) details how the classical ethical approach of Ma’at guided public communication practices in ancient Egypt.

Robert Ballard

Robert L. Ballard (Ph.D., University of Denver) is the former Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Communication at Pepperdine University. He researches communication ethics and intercountry adoption. His work has appeared in Encyclopedia of Communication Ethics, Sage Encyclopedia of Research Methods, Communication Education, International Review of Qualitative Research, Journal of Family Communication, and Qualitative Inquiry. He is a former Chair of the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association and was named Communication Ethics Teacher of the Year in 2015.

Michelle Leavitt

Michelle A. Leavitt (Ph.D., University of Denver) is Past Chair of the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association and an Instructor at William Jessup University in San Jose, California. Her research interests include communication ethics, civil rights, and rhetoric. She has co-authored two publications, which appear in Communication Education and the Journal of the Association for Communication Administration.

Lori Charron

Lori Charron (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is a Professor of Business & Communication. Additionally, she is the department’s Basic Course Director and Editorial Board member for The Journal of Literacy and Technology (JLT). Her academic interests include communication ethics, interpersonal communication (focusing on leadership), and communication pedagogy. Her most recent, lead author, publication is entitled, Credo for Ethical Distance Learning, published in JLT, 2020. Dr. Charron’s vocational passion is making her academic interests relevant for her students.

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