Lecturer, Management Communications
Ms. Seijts is a lecturer in Management Communication at the Ivey Business School. She received her B.A., B.Ed., and M.A from the University of Toronto. Before arriving at Ivey, Ms. Seijts was the Coordinator and English Language Specialist at the Writing Support Services from 2000 to 2009 at Western. She has over 23 years’ experience teaching professional and technical communication courses to undergraduates and graduate students at Western University, Schulich School of Business-York University, and the University of Manitoba. She is the co-author of A Concise Guide to Technical Communication (First and Second Canadian Editions, 2010 and 2012), as well as IMPACT! A Guide to Business Communication, (Ninth Edition, 2017). Ms. Seijts is also a best-selling author of business cases in Management Communication, Marketing Communication, and General Management, and her cases have appeared in the Harvard Business Review.
Ms. Seijts is the owner of a consulting company specializing in technical and professional communication. Her clients have included J.D. Irving, Lanxess, Toronto Hydro, the Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario, Ontario Power Authority, Tangerine, CIBC, the Agricultural Bank of China, Aecon, AVIVA, Skanska, and The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. She is regularly invited to speak at postsecondary institutions and conferences (most recently Stanford University, The Management Communication Association and the Association for Business Communication). Ms. Seijts speaks on such topics as Unlocking Your Leadership Presence, Strategic Storytelling for a Rapidly Changing World, Reach Your Potential: Designing Winning Proposals, Getting Social: Effective Social Media in Business, and Delivering High Impact Pitches.
- HBA1 - Core Management Communications
- HBA2 - Advanced Presentation Skills
- HBA2 - The Performing Leader
- HBA2 - Giving Voice to Leadership
- Executive Education
- OCT, BA, Toronto
- MA, Toronto
- BEd, Toronto
Recent Refereed Articles
Seijts, J., Tepperman, L.,
1994, "Suicide and Happiness: Seven Tests of the Connection", Social Indicators Research, July 32(3): 199 - 233.
Abstract: Indirectly, this paper examines the empirical connections between suicide and happiness by looking at the connection of each with seven standard demographic characteristics. They are sex, age, race, parental status, marital status, religiosity and employed status. These seven are chosen because a lot of data are available. We then examine the relationship of these same seven variables to suicide. Our findings indicate that marital status, religiosity and employment status have a (predicted) similar effect on suicide and happiness. Parenthood has an unclear relationship with suicide and happiness. Finally, sex, age and race have dissimilar effects on suicide and happiness. On the basis of this admittedly preliminary analysis, it would be impossible to conclude that happiness and suicide are closely (if inversely) related. First, there is the chance that suicides or happiness levels have been systematically misreported. Second, there may be a problem with our lumping together happiness and satisfaction. Third, there may be a problem with the seven particular independent variables we examined. Had we examined a different seven (or seventy) we might have drawn a different conclusion. In particular, we might have done better with comparative (or cognitive) variables derived from multiple discrepancies theory (MDT), than with demographic ones. in the end, the connection between happiness and suicide is far from certain. More research is needed.
Honours & Awards
- USC Teaching Honor Roll Certificate for 2003-2004, University of Western Ontario
- USC Teaching Honor Roll Certificate for 2010-2011, University of Western Ontario
- USC Teaching Honor Roll Certificate for 2013-2014, University of Western Ontario
- USC Teaching Honor Roll Certificate for 2014-2015, University of Western Ontario
- USC Teaching Honor Roll Certificate for 2015-2016, University of Western Ontario
- USC Teaching Honor Roll Certificate for 2016-2017, University of Western Ontario
- Lecturer, Schulich School of Business, York University
- Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, Western University
- Coordinator and English Language Specialist, Writing Support Services, Western University
- Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, Western University
- Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba
- Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba