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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Robert Bowse

Senior Lecturer II & Director

Business Communication Program


MFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 2008
BA, Yale University, 1991

Professional Experience

Senior Consultant, Fidelity Investments, 2003-2004
Associate Principal & Senior Consultant, Mercer Consulting, 1999-2002
Consultant, Watson Wyatt Worldwide, 1997-1999
Consultant, National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), 1997-1999
Specialist, Towers Perrin, 1995-1997

Academic Appointments

Senior Lecturer, Business Communication Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014-Present
Lecturer, Business Communication Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2008-2014

Recent Honors / Awards

Outstanding Teaching Award, Isenberg School of Management, 2013
Nominated for Pushcart Prize in Fiction, 2008, 2005
Fidelity Highest Customer Satisfaction Award, 2004
IABC Gold Quill Award of Merit, 2002

Research Interests

Composition Pedagogy
Narrative Forms in Business
Web Design and Usability

Teaching Interests

  • Communication Strategy
  • Crisis Management and Image Restoration
  • Employment Communications
  • Public Speaking

Selected Publications

Bowse, R. & Lawrence, H. (2016). The whys, hows and lessons learned from our 780-person writing class. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 79(1), 1-22.

In addition, Bob's fiction, drama and essays have appeared in the New Orleans Review, The Florida Review, Hunger Mountain, American Thinker, The New York Tyrant, Gargoyle and elsewhere.