James O'Rourke

Teaching Professor, Department of Management & Organization

James S. O'Rourke is an American rhetorician who teaches management and corporate communication, as well as business writing and speaking, at the University of Notre Dame. He is a Teaching Professor of Management and, from 1990 to 2017 was the Arthur F. and Mary J. O'Neil Director of the Fanning Center for Business Communication. He earned a BBA in Management from Notre Dame, an MS in Mass Communication from Temple University, an MA in Speech Communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in Public Communication from Syracuse University. He is the author of 21 prominent textbooks, including Management Communication, 6/e Routledge (Abingdon, Oxfordshire) and The Truth About Confident Presenting, 2/e Anthem Press (London). He is principal author or directing editor of more than 375 case studies in management and corporate communication. O'Rourke is a former trustee of both the Arthur W. Page Society and the Institute for Public Relations. He is also a member of the Management Communication Association, and a regular consultant to Fortune 500 and mid-size businesses throughout North America. During Spring 2018, he served as faculty-in residence in Notre Dame's M.K. Fischer Hall in London.