Communication Ethics Conference Boosts Scholarship

by University Relations

The annual David C. Bicker Communication Ethics Conference exposes undergraduate students to the process of academic research. Bicker, founding department chair and professor emeritus, began the conference in 1989 to give students an opportunity to conduct research and share their ideas about ethical communication in a faith-based environment.

The 28th annual event, “The Ethics of Storytelling,” held February 7, 2015, drew faculty and students from institutions throughout Southern California and showcased the scholarship of more than 30 students from several disciplines, including English, communication studies, journalism, public relations, and leadership. Terrence Lindvall, Ph.D., C.S. Lewis Endowed Chair of Communication and Christian Thought at Virginia Wesleyan College, delivered the keynote address, “Parables: The Gospel in Nutshells and Other Contemporary Comedic Forms,” illustrating the role of storytelling in the Bible and its ability to reveal truths about God’s nature and actions.

Not only did the event guide students through the formal process of academic research, but it also afforded them the opportunity to talk with professional recruiters about employers’ expectations, realities of the marketplace, jobs available in their fields, and strategies for success as communication professionals. Student presenters found practical applications for their research beyond the classroom and began to see themselves as scholars.

Originally published in the Spring '15 issue of APU Life. Download the PDF or view all issues.