About Us

Professor James O'Rourke

The Eugene D. Fanning Center for Business Communication assists members of the Notre Dame community in the achievement of their academic, intellectual, and professional goals by providing instruction, guidance, and counsel in writing, speaking, and other dimensions of human communication. At the heart of this mission is a concern for the individual, a focus on ethics and integrity in business, and a commitment to the advancement of the College and the University.

Notre Dame is a recognized leader among top-tier business schools that have made a serious commitment to the development of communication skills and the integration of those skills with management strategy and theory.

The Fanning Center was established in the autumn of 1990 and, in August of 1996, was dedicated in memory of Notre Dame graduate and Chicago business executive, Eugene D. Fanning. Two years later, the Fanning Center, its faculty and programs became a part of the Department of Management in the Mendoza College of Business.

The Fanning Center exists to influence the ways in which both students and faculty see the role of writing, speaking, listening, and other communication behaviors in the workplace. Curricular coursework is available to both graduate and undergraduate students, along with a number of workshops, tutorials, and other not-for-credit experiences.