Jack Ciak, Sc.D., assistant professor of communication at Seton Hill University, presented “Media Ecology and the Organizational System: An Inquiry” at the tenth annual convention of the 2009 Media Ecology Association, held at St. Louis University, June 18-21. The conference was attended by over 100 scholars from North, Central, and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Ciak’s presentation reviewed ecology, media ecology, and general systems theory as they apply to organizations and organizational communication. He discussed the ecology of organizational communication systems as an appropriate and important focus and suggested opportunities for inter-disciplinary cooperation and possible research directions. The paper is being peer-reviewed for inclusion in the conference “Proceedings.”

At Seton Hill, Ciak teaches undergraduate courses in the communication program and graduate courses in the Master of Business Administration program. He is the faculty advisor for Seton Hill’s Phi Gamma chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society.

Ciak obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Georgetown University, Master of Arts degree in communication from Fairfield University, Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut, and Doctor of Science degree in management systems from the University of New Haven.

Prior to joining Seton Hill in 2005, Ciak had a career in corporate communication. His position immediately prior to his appointment at Seton Hill was vice president of marketing with the Corporate and Investment Bank of Citigroup at the bank’s headquarters in Manhattan.