Business professionals with communications experience

Our instructors bring a first-hand knowledge of business communication to the classroom. All of our instructors are either business professionals or have had prior business experience.

Kevin Allardice comes most recently from the San Francisco Bay Area, but he's also lived in Southern California, Northern Colorado, and Charlottesville, Virginia. While in college, he worked as an actor, and since then he's published five novels, with a sixth forthcoming. He's written for a wide range of publications and for UC Berkeley's University Relations. His teaching experience is varied: he's taught at the University of Virginia, James Madison University, and Sweet Briar College; he's also taught high school and volunteered as an English teacher for incarcerated students at San Quentin Prison. 

Julie Alexander is an alumna of the University of Colorado and received her BA with honors in Communication and Film Studies and her MA with high distinction in Communication and Media Studies. She has taught and worked as faculty and administrative staff at both 2-year and 4-year higher education institutions, and taught as an adjunct instructor for many years. She has also worked in the private sector for global organizations, including a Fortune 500 company, with a specialty in establishing diversity, equity, and inclusion in work environments and workforces. 

Pamela Bourjaily is an Associate Professor of Instruction and the Director of the Frank Business Communication Center at the Tippie College of Business. As Frank Center director, she designs and oversees the required core undergraduate course, BUS 3000: Business Communication and Protocol, as well as other undergraduate business communication electives and college business communication programming, including the Ph.D. Writing Program initiative. Prior to directing the Frank Center, Pam built and expanded the college’s Department of Accounting writing program, one of the first business departmental writing initiatives in the country.

Anna Bruno is a writer and teacher, focused on storytelling. Previously, Anna managed public relations and marketing for technology and financial services companies in Silicon Valley. She holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, an MBA from Cornell University, and a BA from Stanford University. She lives in Iowa City with her husband, two sons, and blue heeler. Her first novel, Ordinary Hazards, was published in 2020.

Carl Follmer is originally from the Washington D.C. area but received all of his degrees at Iowa. He completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 2016 and wrote his dissertation on fascist children's propaganda in Germany and Spain. While in graduate school, Carl tutored in the Frank Center for two years, and was hired to direct the Accounting Writing Program in 2015. He lives in Iowa City with his wife and 4 children.

Meghann Foster

Patrick Highland has spent his entire career connecting education and employment.  He recently retired from a long career with the Iowa City Community School District where he supervised Career and Technical Education.  He currently teaches Business Communication and Protocol and two courses in the MBA program--Effective Managerial Communications and Influence and Constructive Persuasion. He has written several newspaper and journal articles and is the author of textbooks.

Dawn Kluber

Sam Perkins has worked in health care administration for the past 10 years and recently took a job in June 2022 overseeing all the patient experience operations at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Prior to that, he worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for 8.5 years in a variety of management/leadership roles. He graduated with his MBA from the University of Iowa with a Certificate in Leadership in May 2021, and also has a Masters of Science in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University that he completed in May 2011.

Meredith Ringel-Ensley is Assistant Director of the Frank Business Communication Center and Adjunct Instructor. As Assistant Director, she oversees the peer tutoring program in communication and manages Frank Center operations. Before coming to the Frank Center, Meredith taught writing and literature at Yale University, Southern Connecticut State University, and University of North Carolina. She holds a PhD from University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and a BA from Brown University.

Mike Stutzman is a seasoned Human Resources and Leadership professional with over 25 years of progressive leadership, technical, and human resources experience. Areas of focus include strategic planning, transformational leadership, organizational development, knowledge management, organizational capability, and change management. Mike has worked in several industries including aerospace, finance, transportation, social services and telecommunications. Mike's education includes a BA in Business Management, an MBA with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership, and a PhD in International Business with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior. Mike is currently the Director of Organizational Effectiveness at CRST The Transportation Solution, Inc., headquartered in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Alex Taylor has a wide range of professional experience to include executive leadership, business development, marketing, and business communications in a range of industries including telecommunications, computer hardware/software, manufacturing, commercial printing, higher education, and A/I medical device development. He is currently the managing director for the Iowa Startup Accelerator where he helps lead a venture-funded portfolio of startup businesses towards repeatable and scalable growth. Additionally, Alex, along with his wife, co-owns and operates Woofables Gourmet Dog Biscuit Bakery, a successful manufacturing and distribution company.

Toby Veeder earned his Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University in 2014. His doctoral emphases include Rhetoric & Composition pedagogy, American Literature since the Civil War, and digital media theory. With extensive teaching experience spanning various institutions, Toby has taught courses on Professional Writing, Business Communication, Composition, and American Literature. His research interests include new historicism, modernism, gender studies, and classroom pedagogy. He lives in Mount Vernon, IA with his wife and two children. His personal interests include chess, music production, and songwriting.