Paul E. Nelson was Director of the Honors College at the University of Missouri, Departmental Executive Officer at Iowa State University, Dean of the College of Communication at Ohio University, and Chair of the Political Science Department and Head of the Department of Communication at North Dakota State University. He has co-authored many textbooks with his spouse and colleague Dr. Judy C. Pearson.
Scott Titsworth is an Associate Professor and Associate Director for Graduate Studies in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. Scott is a co-author of four textbooks and is a nationally respected scholar in the field of instructional communication and communication education. Scott and co-author, Lynn Harter, are married and have one daughter.
Judy C. Pearson is Associate Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Professor of Communication at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. She has co-authored 30 text and trade books. Judy has served as the President of the Central States Communication Association, the World Communication Association, and the National Communication Association. She met Paul E. Nelson at a basic course directors meeting, married him, and the couple has six children. The two have been producing basic course books together ever since.