Professor of Practice in Business Communication
Director of Business Communication Program
McClelland Hall 405K
1130 E. Helen St.
P.O. Box 210108
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0108
Areas of Expertise
- Curricular Design
- Corporate communication
- Training and Development for Strategic Communication
- E-Learning and Simulations
- Executive Coaching
- Leadership Communication
- Generation Based Communication Coaching
- Professional Communication Training
- Crisis Management (Public Relations) Communication Strategies
MFA, The University of Arizona
BA, Bennington College
Diza Sauers has taught communication in its various practices at Eller College of Management for the past 15 years. Currently, as the Director of the Business Communication program and Academic Director of Eller Executive Education, she oversees the development of graduate, undergraduate and executive communication based curriculum. Diza works as a communication consultant across many industries to help facilitate more effective communication and planning in any enterprise from global clients (Robertet, DP World, BP Billiton, Intel, Microsoft) to more niche or localized entities ( Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Sunquest, VA, City of Tucson.) A certified Hogan coach, Diza’s expertise also resides in providing individual and team coaching to arrive at more collaborative and productive work environments.
The recipient of over twelve awards for teaching, leadership, mentorship, and innovation, Diza teaches taught full-time in the Business Communication Program, where she created a rigorous curriculum for executives and MBA students, and leaders at all levels. As a Professor of Practice, she assumes responsibility for curricular innovation, programmatic support, and outreach initiatives for the Business Communication Program across multiple platforms. As an Academic Director and consultant, Diza regularly works in industry to provide customized coaching that resides at the nexus of neuroscience, leadership communication, and the complexities that reside at the heart of any human communication exchange.
In addition to her academic work, Diza frequently works with a variety of enterprises to facilitate strategic planning and evaluation of communication strategies. This includes facilitating strategic planning sessions, professional coaching (team or individual). She has years of training large and small groups for managing difficult conversations, communicating change, virtual presentation, small group dynamics, and communication style analysis. Whether working with larger venues, mid-size enterprises, or small start-ups, Diza is skilled in facilitating conversations that result in vision setting, managing challenges, and communicating change.
Diza has taught courses in organizational communication, crisis management, public relations, investor relations, virtual team communication strategies, small group communication, leadership communication. A special area for focus has been delivering specific modules that emphasize strategic persuasive strategies with a focus on authenticity, trust, and communicator credibility for any level of manager.
Diza has numerous publications in a variety of journals and her work remains focused on putting the most strategic communication tools into the hands of anyone who wishes to become more effective in the work place.
BCOM 510 - OMBA, EvMBA, Executive MBA
BNAD 597 - Eller Business Consulting
BCOM 512 - Advanced Managerial Communication
BCOM 510 -Full Time MBA
Association for Business Communication (ABC)
- Management Communication Association (MCA)
Awards and Honors
- EMBA Most Valuable Professor, 2019
- Eller MBA Outstanding Faculty, 2016
- Eller 100% Engagement, 2016
- Eller MBA Outstanding Faculty, 2014
- Eller MBA Outstanding Faculty, 2013
- Accolades, Outstanding Department of the Year, 2012
- MBA Faculty Leadership Award, 2006
- Entrepreneurship Communication Mentor, 2005
- Teacher of the Year (Undergraduate) 2003, 2004
- Don Wells Mentor of the Year (2004)
- Team Award for Excellence, University of Arizona, 2004
- Five Star Faculty (Finalist) 2003