Duane "Andy" Gustafson is an Assistant Professor of Managerial Communication at The Pennsylvania State University. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Penn State in 1996. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from The California State University, Fresno. His research interests include presentational, organizational, and interpersonal communication. More specifically, he is most interested in professional presentations, conflict management, team dynamics and small group decision-making.
In addition to teaching the oral and graphic component of Managerial Communication, Dr. Gustafson has designed and taught Special Topics in Corporate Communication. This two-unit second year course prepares MBAs for many of the work related interpersonal communication challenges they will face in the corporate world.
Besides his responsibilities with the university, Dr. Gustafson is active with The National Communication Association, The Eastern Communication Association, and The Association for Business Communication. Dr. Gustafson is also an associate with the Communication Research Associates--a private communication consulting firm based in Valley Forge, PA. The firm provides many communication-related services and training, but specializes in executive coaching. His clients include Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Dean Witter, Goldman Sachs, McDonalds, Celebrity Cruises Inc., Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Alcoa Chemical, Lockheed-Martin, and IBM.