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Dr. Bertha Du-Babcock is Associate Professor and Associate Head in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong. She currently serves as the Past President (from January to December 2017) for the Association for Business Communication.  She served as the President from October 2015 to December 2016, on the Board of Directors-At-Large from 2007 to 2009, and as the Vice President for the Asia and the Pacific Region from 2009 to 2014. She received the Fellow of the Association for Business Communication in 2016, the Distinguished Member Award in 2010, the Kitty O Locker Outstanding Researcher in 2008, the Meada Gibbs Outstanding Teaching Award in 2004, the Outstanding Article Award in the International Journal of Business Communication in 2007, and the Outstanding Article Award in the Business & Professional Communication Quarterly in 2001.

Du-Babcock’s research has been directed towards theory development and teaching innovations in intercultural business communication. She has authored or co-authored 40 journal articles, 5 books, 10 book chapters, and 34 refereed conference proceedings. She also has been a plenary/keynote speaker at 10 international conferences, conducted workshops at 15 international conferences, and made 75 conference presentations. Her articles have appeared in: Journal of English for Specific Purposes, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Iberica, Management Communication Quarterly, International Journal of Business Communication, Business & Professional Communication Quarterly, Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, Journal of Asia-Pacific Communication, and Intercultural Communication Studies. She is a co-author (with M. E. Guffey and D. Loewy) of the Asian Edition of Essentials of Business Communication. She co-edited a special issue on Business and Professional Communication in Asia for the Journal of Business and Technical Communication

Du-Babcock is an editorial member for MCQ, IJBC, BPCQ, GABC, and ATTW book series, as well as serving as guest reviewer for five other international journals. She is a Research Proposal Assessor for Australian Research Council, PhD thesis External Examiner for universities in Australia, Hong Kong, and India, and course examiner for managerial communication for universities in Hong Kong.

Since her appointment at City University of Hong Kong in 1994, she has received funding for 49 research projects in the capacity of Principal Investigator, including Hong Kong SAR Government-funded Projects; Strategic Research Grants; Teaching Development Fund.  The total amount of funding received in her capacity as Principal Investigator is approximately 6 million Hong Kong dollars.

Research Interests/Areas

Intercultural business communication; Language and communication; Language-Based Communication Zones; Business Ethics; BELF; Expatriate Communication and Adjustments