Communication is key

Communication is consistently ranked among the top 10 skills employers look for when hiring. Develop the skills of a business leader by working with the Frank Business Communication Center to hone your writing, speaking, and visual design skills. Make an appointment to meet with a tutor or to use the new One Button Studio.

 

Hours of operation

Monday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Finding the Frank Center

The Frank Business Communication Center is located in the Tippie College of Business Biz Hub, on the 3rd floor of the Pappajohn Business Building. To find us, take an atrium staircase or elevator to the third floor and follow the "Biz Hub" signs.

Sign in:
Please sign in at the station in room C346, the first room on your right in the Frank Center hallway.

Frank Business Communication Center
346 PBB
Tippie College of Business
319-384-3333

Help with all your communication projects

Whether you're faculty, staff, or a Tippie College of Business student, The Frank Communication Center is here to help you develop excellence in all types of communication. The Frank Center also provides summer writing support for PhD students at Tippie. 

Hands typing on a laptop computer.

Whether you're a PhD student working on your dissertation or an undergraduate looking to refine ad copy for a marketing project, Frank Center tutors can provide the writing support you’ll use to make sure all your projects look sharp, effective, and professional.

Frank Center Speaking Help

Use the tools and mentors at The Frank Center turn a routine talk into a memorable presentation. From the new One Button Studio at the Center to individualized speech coaching, you'll have access to the technology and expertise you need to develop and improve your oral communication skills.

Students sitting together collaborating on a computer.

Effective visual design is a critical component of most types of communication. Whether you're creating an infographic that tells a story through data, or designing a high impact presentation deck for a class project, tutors at The Frank Center can help you practice the necessary skills for effective visual communication.

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  • More than 80% of Tippie students will visit the center during their college career
  • The center offers support for more than 100 different classes
  • Student satisfaction rate consistently tops 95%

Communicate like a pro

Every tutor at the Frank Center is knowledgeable and eager to help students succeed and progress as writers and speakers. Any student, regardless of ability to write or present ideas, can benefit and improve their communication skills by working with one of our peer tutors or graduate writing consultants. 

We work closely with professors and teaching assistants in the writing-intensive courses, develop handouts based on particular assignments, and give targeted presentations to classes.

What we can provide:

  • Individualized instruction
  • Out-of-classroom learning
  • Improved technique
  • Immediate feedback
Alumni Story
Sukriti Nayar

“Oral and written communication is extremely important. It goes a long way in demonstrating your professionalism and professional competency.”

Business Communication and Protocol (BUS:3000)

We provide extensive support for the required core course, Business Communication and Protocol, which helps undergrads build a solid foundation of business writing and presentation skills. The course focuses on conveying information, backing it with evidence, and doing so clearly and concisely. Gain skills in composing business content, organizing data, creating presentations, and team-building.

Our instructors bring firsthand knowledge of business communication to the classroom and include:

  • Barb Baker, director of advertising and community relations for Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance
  • Patrick Highland, 30 years experience in connecting education and employment
  • Saul Mekies, 30 years experience in education
  • Renee Schlueter, 20 years experience in higher education, technical writer, and communication consultant
  • Michael Stutzman, human resources business partner for Rockwell Collins

Frequently asked questions

Do you offer walk-in appointments?
Yes, but they are not recommended, as there's no guarantee a tutor will be available. Time slots fill up quickly during peak times, so please make an appointment when possible.

What should I bring with me?
Bring a hard copy of your paper, your assignment sheet, and your rubric. If you are revising a previously graded paper, bring both the graded paper and the new version. If you are making a speaking appointment, bring your presentation with you.

If working on a group project, should we all make an appointment?
We encourage at least two members of your group to attend each appointment. You can sign up for a special group appointment for three or more students.

I'm a business student, but I need help on a literature paper. Can you help?
If you are an undergraduate business major, we will work with you on papers for any class you are taking, including literature and rhetoric classes. We can also help you with personal statements and cover letters.

 

Support the Frank Center

We're able to provide communication training for Tippie students thanks to generous endowment gifts and donations. Support the Frank Business Communication Center and help us further our mission of molding the communication skills of tomorrow's business leaders.

Give to the Frank Center

Contact

Mark Petterson, Assistant Director
mark-petterson@uiowa.edu
319-384-3333

Carl Follmer, Assistant Director, Accounting Writing Program
carl-follmer@uiowa.edu
319-335-0913