Diza Sauers

Professor of Practice in Business Communication
Director of Business Communication Program


MFA, The University of Arizona
BA, Bennington College

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Communication
  • E-Learning, Simulations and Learning Technologies
  • Training and Development
  • Professional Writing and Speaking
  • Assessments Development and Implementation
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Experiential Learning (Communication Principles and Practices)


MGMT 510 Managerial Communication and Professional Development
BCOM 314 Managerial Communication
BNAD 597 Field Projects (Communications for Consultants - Field Work Support Project)


Diza Sauers has taught communication in its various practices at the University of Arizona for the past 15 years. Currently, as the Assistant Director of the Business Communication program, she oversees the development and execution of the MBA core communication courses, serves as an Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow, and supports both graduate and undergraduate Experiential Learning initiatives as a communication consultant.

Sauers holds a terminal degree in writing (MFA) from the University of Arizona and a BA from Bennington College. She received a Dean's Fellowship from the English Department and was twice named an Arizona Commission of the Arts fellow. She has numerous publications in a variety of journals, most recently Business Communication Quarterly.

She joined the Eller College of Management in 2000 as a lecturer and has assisted in developing the Business Communication curriculum for both graduate and undergraduate students. As a two-time recipient of the Arizona Board of Regent’s LCE (Learner-Centered Education) grants, Sauers tailored curricula and developed additional communication electives for the Business Communication program, resulting in both BAD 315 and BAD 316 (Leadership and Communication).

For the past ten years she has taught full-time in the Business Communication Program where she has worked extensively to create a rigorous curriculum designed to develop oral speaking skills, persuasive strategies, and winning presentations at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Within this curriculum are specific modules that emphasize strategic persuasive strategies for the manager as well as the entrepreneur.

In addition to her academic work, Diza has been a communication consultant for customer service strategies. Most recently, she completed an extensive consulting project for developing customer service in the restaurant industry here in Tucson. Additionally she has provided corporate communication strategic coaching for several local companies.

Professional Associations

  • Association for Business Communication (ABC)
  • Management Communication Association (MCA)

Awards and Honors

  • 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