Dorthy L. Pennington (Ph.D. & M.A., University of Kansas; B.A., Rust College) is considered to be one of the pioneers in African-American communication (she is one of the scholars to be profiled in the forthcoming Jackson/Brown Givens, African American Pioneers in Communication Research). Recent awards include the 2002 Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Kansas, the 1997 NCA Teachers on Teaching Award, and the 1995 SCA/Feminist & Women's Studies' Teacher, Mentor, and Intercultural Scholar Award (for which there was a convention program in her honor). She co-authored one of the first texts in interracial communication (Crossing Difference: Interracial Communication, (c)1976), authored African American Women Quitting the Workplace (Edwin Mellon Press, (c)1999), and has contributed to numerous works on communication and on African American studies (including The Handbook of Intercultural Communication [ SAGE], Contemporary Black Thought [ SAGE], Seeing Female [ Greenwood], American Orators of the Twentieth Century [ Greenwood], Voices of Multicultural America [ Gale], Intercultural Communication: A Reader [ Wadsworth], Racial and Ethnic Diversity on the 21st Century [ NCA], and African American Rhetoric [ Routledge]. Pennington has taught classes in communication employing the case method for years. She was the departmental faculty coordinator and trainer for a section of communication classes called "Cases in Human Relations/Communications" for a number of years. In addition to this course, she trained other instructors in the department in the use of the case-method as a tool. This teaching and training experience further informs this book.