I spent July, August, and much of September 2017 teaching a graduate seminar at Royal Roads University, located in Victoria, BC, Canada, as part of their Master of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication (MAIIC) for the third time (see prior posts for the first and second visits to RRU). This year the course was IICS 630: Advanced Research Methods, with students from Canada, China, Greece, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, and the Ukraine. My thanks to Juana Du, program head of the MAIIC, for again inviting me to her beautiful campus to work with an incredible group of students!
Ling Chen visited campus to give a guest lecture while I was in residence. She, Juana, and I went to Butchart Gardens, justifiably one of the major tourist spots in Victoria. This year I also was able to meet with Jan Bavelas, retired from the University of Victoria, and several of her former students, now research assistants.
While at Royal Roads, I connected with a number of faculty and staff across a variety of programs, from Interdisciplinary Studies to Global Management, from the Centre for Teaching & Educational Technologies to Tourism & Hospitality Management. I look forward to maintaining connections with many of them.
Ling Chen (PhD, Ohio State Univ.) is a Professor in the School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University.
Her areas of interest include Chinese Communication, Communication Competence, Intercultural Communication, Language and Social Interaction, and Organizational Communication. Her interest in the role of culture in communication in different social contexts at various level of interaction and in intercultural encounters has been a center of her research and scholarship. She has published 2 books and more than 50 articles in journals such as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Human Communication Research, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Management Communication Quarterly, Research on Language and Social Interaction, etc. and conducted research on such topics as verbal adaptive strategies in native-nonnative speaker interaction, managerial communication in Chinese business organizations, friendship dialectics among Chinese in Hong Kong, cultural learning of sojourners, cultural identity as a production in process, Chinese traditional value orientations, argumentative tendency of Chinese and Japanese.
Chen has been active in professional associations and served in a variety of capacities, e.g., as Intercultural Communication Division Chair of the International Communication Association, President of the Association for Chinese Communication Studies and Vice-President of China’s Association for Intercultural Communication Studies. Chen is currently Editor of Management Communication Quarterly, Associate Editor of Communication Theory, has also served and is serving on the editorial board of a number of international journals, in communication and related disciplines, e.g., Chinese Journal of Communication, Communication Studies, Discourse and Communication, Human Communication Research, Howard Journal of Communications, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, and Management Communication Quarterly.
On May 1, 2011, I had a chance to visit Hong Kong and connect with Dr. Saskia Witteborn (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Prof. Ling CHEN (Hong Kong Baptist University).
Thanks to Saskia for a wonderful tour of the city’s highlights, from center city to the boardwalk to the mountains. Thanks to Ling for choosing an excellent restaurant, Mask, and instructions in local restaurant protocol.