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About the Authors

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Phil Venditti has taught communication since 2003 at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Washington. He serves as president of the Washington Faculty Association of Community and Technical Colleges and is a two-time grantee and course developer within the Open Course Library sponsored by the Washington State Legislature and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A lover of the arts, he hosts a classical music program each week on Northwest Public Radio which is broadcast to an audience in Greater Seattle and throughout a three-state area. Prior to becoming a faculty member, he performed administrative roles in two- and four-year colleges around the United States and founded an international education institute. He earned a doctorate from the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin and has other degrees from the School for International Training, the University of Colorado, and the University of Tennessee. He and his Korean-born wife, whom he met as a Peace Corps volunteer in her country in 1977, live in University Place, Washington, and have two wonderful grown daughters.

Scott McLean is an Associate Professor of Communication at Arizona Western College on a combined campus with the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University–Yuma, since 1999. He was the 2007–2011 Shadle Edgecombe Endowed Faculty Chair. Scott is the author of The Basics of Speech Communication, The Basics of Interpersonal Communication, and The Basics of Communication Studies, currently published by Pearson Education. He is also the author of Business Communication for Success, Business English for Success, and Writing for Success by Unnamed Publisher. Beyond his classroom experience, Scott regularly serves as a communication advisor to business and industry. He has served as an evaluator for the United States National Institutes of Health’s Small Business and Innovative Research (SBIR) program since 1995. He served as an evaluator of educational programs for the Ministerio de Hacienda de Chile in 1998. Scott studied at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and at Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. He and his family divide their time between the United States and Puerto Montt, Chile.