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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Brian Hentz

Senior Lecturer and Business Communication Center Director

Business Communication Program

Education

PhD, University of Connecticut, 2016
MBA, Iowa State University, 2005
MA, University of Oklahoma, 1996
BS, West Chester University (PA), 1992

Research Interests

Communication across the curriculum
Professional development & adult learning
Transitional learning

Teaching Interests

General
  • Plain style writing for professionals
  • Reflective practice
  • Storytelling strategies for professionals
  • Multimodal communication

Selected Publications

Hentz, B.S., Lucia, B., & Vint, M. (2022). Critical approaches to sustainability in the business communication classroom: A developmental perspective. Business and Professional Communication Quaterly, 85(1), 99-114.

Hentz, B.S. (2020). Learning through uncertainty: A phenomenological analysis of older, professional men coping with involuntary job loss in the United States. In P. Danaher & D. Mulligan (Eds.), Researching within the Educational Margins: Strategies for Communicating and Articulating Voices (pp. 299-313). Palgrave Macmillan.

Hentz, B.S. (2014). Sustainability and transitional learning: Exploring the influence of adult learners’ mental models on adaptive change. In J. K. Holtz, S. B. Springer, & C. Boden-McGill (Eds.), Building Sustainable Futures for Adult Learners (pp. 253-267). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Dzubinksi, L., Hentz, B.S., Davis, K.L., & Nicolaides, A. (2012). Envisioning an adult learning graduate program for the early 21st century: A developmental action inquiry study. Adult Learning, 23(3), 103-110.

Hentz, B.S. (2006). Enhancing presentation narratives through written and visual integration. Business Communication Quarterly, 69, 425-429.

Brasel, K., & Hentz, B.S. (2006). Increasing accessibility to academic publications in accounting education. Issues in Accounting Education, 21(4), 411-416.