Bio (Tamara Gillis)

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Tamara Gillis

Tamara Gillis


Associate Faculty


Executive Education


Tamara Gillis views the learning process as a conversation built by both the students and instructors where both sides have something to learn from one another. Gillis teaches communication research and specializes in corporate communication, with a focus on internal communication and change management. Her research interests have been recognized on the regional, national and international level by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Communication Association and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She is also an author of numerous books including The IABC Handbook of Organizational Communication (2006 and 2011, Jossey-Bass).


Gillis worked in a number of communication settings in non-profit advocacy organizations, direct marketing, a health-care corporation, and in higher education communication administration before tackling teaching. Gillis was the first educator to serve as chairman of the IABC Research Foundation. She has held numerous leadership roles within the IABC organization from district leadership to the executive board, the IABC Research Foundation, and Foundation Think Tank. In addition to teaching, she is also a consultant with CooperWright LLC of Falls Church, Virginia.


Gillis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a master’s degree in communication studies both from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate of education from the University of Pittsburgh. She is an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) through the IABC. In 2004 the IABC Research Foundation honored her with the Lifetime Friend Award for dedication to communication research.