Dr. Kathy Rentz
Dr. Kathy Rentz is a Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati. She taught her first business writing class as a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the early 1980s and has been teaching workplace writing ever since. She helped establish the University of Cincinnati’s professional writing program and has served in several administrative capacities in the department. She has also won the department’s teaching award.
Dr. Rentz’s affiliation with the Association for Business Communication (ABC) goes back to her beginnings as a business writing teacher. She has performed many roles for the ABC, including serving on the board of directors and chairing the publications board. She served two terms as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Business Communication and was its Interim Editor from 2000-2001, for which she won the Francis W. Weeks Award of Merit. In 2008 she won the ABC’s Meada Gibbs Outstanding Teacher Award and was named a co-winner of the award for Outstanding JBC Article.
Her research interests include narrative and business writing, business communication as a discipline, designing business communication assignments, and cross-generational communication in the workplace. She finds the rapidly changing landscape of business communication challenging but exciting and enjoys being in a field where she’s always learning from her colleagues and students.
Dr. Paula Lentz
Dr. Paula Lentz is an associate professor and academic program director in the Department of Business Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She teaches Business Writing, Business Writing II, and Advanced Business Writing. She is also a developer and coordinator of the department’s Business Writing Fundamentals Program and chaired the College of Business’s Writing Task Force, which developed a College-wide policy for assessing students’ writing skills as part of their grade on any writing assignment in any business class.
Dr. Lentz is particularly interested in qualitative research that explores narratives and organizational cultures, genre theory, and writing pedagogy in online environments. She has published in journals such as Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, Wisconsin Business Education Association Journal, Equal Opportunities International, and Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. She has also presented at several national and regional conferences, including those of the Association for Business Communication and Academy of Management.
Prior to becoming a full-time academic, she worked as a technical writer and publications editor. She continues to do freelance editing and provides consulting and writing services for several organizations.