Rebecca Setliff

Rebecca Setliff

Title: Senior Lecturer
Department: Business, Graduate Studies
Office: Howard Jordan Rm. 232
Phone: 912.358.3417
Fax: Not Available


I was born in Princeton, WV, but spent most of my adult life until 1983 in Washington, D. C., Maryland, Virginia. From 1984 to I996 I worked in executive education at the University of Pittsburgh assisting companies by providing training programs to their managers and executives. In 1996, I moved to Atlanta, worked 3 years at Emory University in the Goizueta Business School, and then decided to become an independent consultant working with businesses, non-profits, and government agencies (strategic planning, organizational development, governance, leadership training, cultural audits, etc.). The knowledg that I gained during this time has informed my classes at SSU and, I believe, made my content more relevant to what students will experience in their careers.

Research Interests

The use of code switching in the college classroom is of particular interest. I am trying to apply different approaches to motivating students to use Standard English in business communications.


PhD, Linguistics - Georgetown University
MA, Linguistics - University of Pittsburgh
MS, Speech Language Pathology - University of the District of Columbia (formerly Federal City College)
BS, Hearing and Speech Sciences - University of Maryland, College Park

Awards & Honors

Name: Faculty Writing Fellow
Organization: QEP and Rewrite Connection, SSU
Date: 8/7/2012
Be a point of contact for students who need faculty-level guidance on writing activities

Name: Recognition of Service by the President
Organization: Council of Catholic Women
Date: 9/1/2004
Recognized for three years of service rebuilding the Women's Club on Tybee Island by tripling membership and improving member relationships

Name: Special Achievement Award
Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Date: 8/1/2002
For service to CDC for the development of a high-profile Leadership and Management Institute. The award recognized the quality of curriculum design and the personal commitment to its effective implementation.

Name: Dissertation Grant
Organization: National Science Foundation
Date: 9/1/1983
To purchase equipment to assistant in data collection in the field.


Title: Codeswitching in the Business Communication Classroom: A Case Study
Publication Date: 3/12/2014
Publisher: Association for Business Communication
Issue: 41st Annual Meeting
Page Number: 10
Type: Conference Proceeding
Authors: Rebecca Jane Setliff,

Title: ET Call Home: PDA's in the Workplace
Publication Date: 2/17/2010
Publisher: Southeast Decision Sciences Institute Conference
Volume: 40
Type: Conference Proceeding
Authors: Rebecca Jane Setliff, Jane Philbrick,

Title: Strengthening the Public Health Workforce: Three CDC Programs That Prepare Managers and Leaders for the Challenges of the 21st Century
Publication Date: 3/1/2004
Publisher: Journal of Public Health Management Practice
Volume: 9
Issue: No. 2
Page Number: 91-102
Type: Journal Article, Professional Journal
Authors: Rebecca Jane Setliff, Janet E. Porter, Ph.D,

Title: Effective Change Management
Publication Date: 1/1/2004
Publisher: Interactive Training, Inc/Learn2
Type: Other
Authors: Rebecca Jane Setliff,

Title: Leaderless Supervision: A Response to Thomas
Publication Date: 7/1/2000
Publisher: Human Resource Development Quarterly
Volume: Vol 11
Issue: Issue 2
Page Number: 197-201
Type: Other
Authors: Rebecca Jane Setliff,

Title: Getting to Maybe: The Art of Cross-Cultural Communication.
Publication Date: 1/1/1999
Publisher: Competitive Edge Magazine
Type: Other
Authors: Rebecca Jane Setliff,

Title: Action Learning: What It Is and How It Can Help Your Business.
Publication Date: 6/1/1997
Publisher: Competitive Edge Magazine
Type: Other
Authors: Rebecca Jane Setliff,

Title: What You Need to Know to Succeed: Trends in Business Education
Publication Date: 10/1/1996
Publisher: Competitive Edge Magazine
Type: Other
Authors: Rebecca Jane Setliff,

Title: Vocabulary in News Broadcasts: New Ways in Teaching Vocabulary
Publication Date: 1/1/1994
Publisher: TESOL
Type: Book, Chapter in Non-Scholarly Book-New
Authors: Rebecca Jane Setliff,