Robert Sprague

Robert Sprague

BCOM 504: Effective Business Communication for Career Success

Robert is a Hanft Executive Lecturer in business. He has taught Decision Analysis for Business and Communication in Business within the College of Business, and he also teaches Organizational Leadership and Decision Making, Communication Scholarship, Communication Research, and Small Group Communication in the College of Communication and Education.

Robert holds a PhD from Gonzaga University in leadership studies, in addition to a Master of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary, Biola University (New Testament Language and Literature) and a BS in business administration (accounting), San Diego State University. He maintains interests in organizational dissent, self-leadership, and leadership development. He has been published in The International Journal of Servant Leadership.

Beyond the classroom, Robert currently maintains a personal consulting endeavor, Personal and Professional Clarity, and has formerly provided leadership as a local church pastor for 28 years.

His approach to teaching is an extension of his mission statement: To meet people at strategic moments in their life and add value.

In Robert’s view, program is a strategic moment. Each person makes a careful choice to be here. Each is looking to change the status quo in their surroundings. Education is in the business of change. Learning implies a change from the status quo. Therefore, teaching can take advantage of the principles governing systems and the process of change. A system does not change unless it becomes “disturbed” enough to change. A teacher must create an attractive environment for the student to better understand their identity, and to seek the information and relationships they need to be successful in the marketplace.

Robert and his wife, Deb, have been married for almost 40 years and have raised four children. They are owned by their cat, Kobe. Robert loves traveling by bike around Chico, and enjoys photography, camping and traveling in their RV.