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Ms. Seijts is an award-winning 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 25 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. Her international reputation in the field of Management Communication has led to the development of educational collaborations with the MBA programs and organizations around the world.
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, Arlanxeo, Skanska, The Learning Partnership, Marsh Canada, AIG, and The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. She is regularly invited to speak at postsecondary institutions and conferences. Ms. Seijts speaks on such topics as Unlocking Your Leadership Presence, Strategic Storytelling for a Rapidly Changing World, Power Communication Skills for a Virtual World, Communicating in a Post Covid-19 World: Mentoring, Meetings, and Networking Online, Getting Social: Effective Social Media in Business, and Delivering High Impact Pitches.
- MBA Direct
- 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
- 2020-2021 Winner of the University Student's Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
- 2016- 2017 USC Teaching Honor Roll Certificate, University of Western Ontario
- 2015-2016 USC Teaching Honor Roll Certificate, University of Western Ontario
- 2014-2015 USC Teaching Honor Roll Certificate, University of Western Ontario
- 2013-2014 USC Teaching Honor Roll Certificate, University of Western Ontario
- 2010-2011 USC Teaching Honor Roll Certificate, University of Western Ontario
- 2004-2010 USC Teaching Honor Roll Certificate, University of Western Ontario in Engineering and Arts and Humanities (awarded each year)
- Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Sri Lankan Institute for Information Technology
- 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