John J Staczek

Professor Emeritus, Global Management Communication

Business Communication for Executives

Professional Bio: 


John Staczek is Emeritus Professor of Management Communication at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is now semi-retired and teaches at Thunderbird as an Adjunct Professor of Business Communication for Executives in the GMBA LATAM Program. During his career at Thunderbird, he served as Chairman of the Department of Modern Languages, Vice President for Faculty, and Director of Global Services (Overseas Programs, Post-MBA and Dual Degrees).

Before coming to Thunderbird in 1997, he taught at Georgetown University (1983-1997) in Washington. D.C., Florida International University (1976-1983) in Miami, Florida and the University of Massachusetts (1973-1976) at Amherst. In addition to his extensive teaching experience, he was the Director of the Georgetown University Press (1991-1993). He has also been a Senior Fulbright Lecturer and Researcher in Nicaragua, Colombia, and Poland. 

Dr Staczek has taught a range of courses, from Language for Specific Purposes to Business Communication, including Business Communication for Executives and Introductory Business Communication. He was also a contributor to a Winterim course on Mergers and Acquisitions. He has published widely in professional academic journals and edited collections, and has edited or co-edited three books.

He is on the editorial Board of the Journal of Business Communication and the Thunderbird International Business Review.

Dr Staczek lives on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound near Seattle, Washington. He has a seat as a member of the Board of Directors of the Puget Sound Community Credit Union, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the BURN Design Lab (a nonprofit corporation that creates customized biomass stove solutions to meet the cooking needs of the developing world). In addition, he serves on the Board of Island GreenTech (an incubator and business development group on the Island). He is also a member of the Board of the Vashon Electric Vehicle Association.

Dr Staczek holds degrees from Ohio State University and Georgetown University. His research focuses on management communication and language change and use in the workplace.