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Dr. Jack P. Hoggatt is Department Chair for the Department of Business Communications and Assistant Dean in the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He has taught courses in Business Writing, Advanced Business Communications, and the communication component of the university's Master in Business Administration (MBA) program. Dr. Hoggatt has held offices in professional organizations and has received the Outstanding Post-Secondary Business Educator Award in Wisconsin. He has served as an advisor to local and state business organizations. Dr. Hoggatt is involved with his community and the school activities of his children.


Dr. Jon Shank is a Professor of Education at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. Jon served as Dean, School of Applied Sciences and Education for more than 20 years before returning to the classroom. He currently teaches keyboarding and word processing methods to undergraduate and graduate students seeking business education certification. Over the years, Jon has served in numerous leadership positions in business education professional associations, as a consultant to many school districts, and on many advisory committees for school districts and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Karl Barksdale was a former Development Manager for the Training and Certification team at WordPerfect Corporation and a Marketing Manager in the Consumer Products division. Prior to his stint at WordPerfect, he obtained a master's degree in curriculum from the University of Utah and applied his degree as the Secondary Curriculum Coordinator for Provo School District.

After the demise of WordPerfect, Karl returned to education as a Business Education instructor. Since that time he has authored over 50 business and computer education textbooks for South-Western Educational Publishing, Course Technology, Speaking Solutions and a variety of other publishers. His last 40 titles were voice-written using Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

Karl is the co-founder of the Summer of Speech training programs credited with training more than 10,000 Business Education instructors in the skills needed to teach speech recognition, handwriting recognition and other DigiTools successfully.