For many years, Professor Rogers served as co-chair of the Law, History and Communications Area and the head of Business Communication at the Ross Business School. She was a pioneer in the field of management communication and was known for her outstanding contributions to business communication research and business communication teaching and pedagogy. She was recently awarded the top honor from the Association of Business Communication, its prestigious Fellow Award for achieving extraordinary excellence in business communication in 2020.
Professor Rogers's publications have appeared in the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Academy of Management Discoveries, and the Journal of Business Communication. She was still active as a researcher at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Professor Rogers received her B.S. (1971) and M.S. (1976) degrees from Western Michigan University and her Ph.D. (1986) from the University of Michigan. She held a number of positions at U-M before she was appointed an assistant professor in 1986, and was promoted to associate professor in 1993.
She will be missed by many, but especially by her life partner of 30+ years, fellow University of Michigan emeritus faculty member Gunter Dufey.