Gonzaga University | 502 East Boone Avenue | Spokane, WA
99258-0102 | (800) 986.9585
Ast Prof, Comm Studies
502 E. Boone
AD Box 022 Spokane, WA 99258
Office Location College Hall 432E
Ph.D. in Communication, University of Colorado at
Boulder, 2010 M.A. in Applied Linguistics, University of Concepción, Chile,
2003 B.A. in Journalism and B.A. in Communication, University of Concepción,
Courses Taught at GU:
Communication Theory & Research (COMM 305)
Intercultural and International Communication (COMM 418) Interpersonal &
Small Group Communication (SPCO 453) Organizational Communication (COMM 475)
Communication Research Methods (COMM 380) Leadership and Diversity (ORGL 506)
Introduction to Speech Communication (SPCO 101)
Dr. Claudia Bucciferro specializes in
international/intercultural communication, media studies, cultural studies, and
communication theory. She is the author of the book FOR-GET: Identity, Media,
and Democracy in Chile and editor of The Twilight Saga: Exploring the Global
Phenomenon. Her research focuses on media and popular culture, particularly
dealing with issues of identity, gender, race, inequality, and representation
in our global world. Her writing has appeared in various communication journals
and edited collections. Born and raised in Chile, Dr. Bucciferro has received
several scholarly awards and recognitions, and first traveled to the United
States with a fellowship from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Since obtaining her doctoral degree from CU-Boulder, she has combined her
academic work with occasional consulting projects that involve industry
clients. Her travel and research adventures have taken her to places as
different as the Island of Chiloé, the Atacama Desert, Buenos Aires, São Paulo,
La Paz, Cuzco, Los Angeles, New York, and Montréal. She loves writing and is
currently working on a new book that presents a cultural analysis of the X-Men
film series. In Spokane, she can often be found visiting parks, art spaces, and
bookstores with her husband and children.
Educational History: B.A. Political Science, Southern Illinois University, M.S. Communication Studies, Southern Illinois University.
Courses Taught: Communication Criticism, Communication Theory, Introduction to Communication Studies, Nonverbal Communication, Persuasion, Principles of Debate, Senior Communication Colloquium, Themes in Communication (Computer Mediated Communication, Political Communication)
Bio: In addition to teaching a wide variety of courses in the Department of Communication Studies Glen serves as the Director of the nationally competitive GU Debate Program. Glen came to Gonzaga in Fall 1998 after a successful run as competitor then coach at Southern Illinois University. Before beginning his academic career Glen was a Communications Specialist in the United States Army. His personal interests include his family, politics, sports, good wine and food, and brewing craft beer.
502 E. Boone Ave AD Box 022 Spokane, WA 99258
Office Location College Hall 432 F
M.S. Journalism. (August 2006). William Allen White School of Journalism, University of Kansas
B.A. English with honors. (1988-1990). University of Missouri-Kansas City
B.A. Biology. (1983-1987). University of Missouri-Columbia
Prior Experience: Spent 13 years in newspaper reporting and editing.
Teaching/Research Interests: Mass media and cultural influences, community journalism, speech communication, graduate-level writing.
Personal Interests: Voracious literature consumption. Long walks with my husband and three children. Coffee (or tea) with students.
Dr. Tony Osborne
Professor, Department Chair
502 E. Boone Ave AD Box 023 Spokane, WA 99258
Phone: (509) 313-6659
Office Location CG 432-M (College Hall)
BA, University of Michigan, MS Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, MA Ohio State University, PhD. Ohio State University
Courses Taught: Communication, Culture and Society; Communication and Leadership; Honors Rhetoric.
Bio: Tony Osborne writes and speaks about international and popular culture. His new book -- "Greed is Good" and Other Fables: Office Life in Popular Culture examines how a virulent strain of corporate ideology poisoned the American spirit. One of the book's secondary themes is what he calls the great American dilemma: the choice between conformity or adventure, between the office or the road. His research interests include documentary film, leadership and corporate culture, and rhetoric and the arts--particularly music and literature.
Personal Interests: Travel, Languages, Art
Ast Prof, Comm Studies
502 E Boone AD Box 22 Spokane, WA 99258
Phone: (509) 313-6551
Office Location CG 432N
PhD Communication Studies, University of Iowa
MA Communication and Culture, Indiana University
BA Journalism, Indiana University
Gonzaga Courses Taught:
Interpersonal & Small Group: "Communicating Personally, Connecting Globally”
Introduction to Communication Studies
Dr. Silvestri's research interests focus on American politics and popular culture with a special focus on war and emergent communication technologies. She uses rhetorical criticism as a mode of cultural production and teaches her students that some of the most impactful scholarship does not arrive at answers but illuminates texts to raise new questions and start productive conversations. Dr. Silvestri's work engages most deeply with the moral dimensions of digital culture and the problem of war. Some of her recent publications appear in Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, Media War & Conflict, The Review of Communication, Soundings, and Visual Communication Quarterly and most recently her book,Friended at the Front: Social Media in the American War Zone. When she is not teaching, writing, and thinking deeply, Dr. Silvestri enjoys cooking at home, practicing yoga, listening to music, running outside, and drawing inspiration from her favorite poet philosophers: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Wendell Berry, and Dr. Seuss.
The Hon. Frank Slak
Sr Lect - AT, Comm Studies
AD Box 022
Office Location College Hall 432H
Senior Lecturer Frank Slak’s teaching interests
stem from prior careers in journalism and law.
He is a former Washington State lawyer and sat on the state appellate
court bench for more 20 years. As a
journalist, he was a reporter and feature writer and sat on the state, sports
and city editor desks. Slak combines a
theoretical understanding of essential principles with very practical
application of them in “the real world.”
His personal interests include his family (which includes twin daughters
and seven grandchildren), fishing, cross-country skiing, reading, writing,
cooking and listening blues music. He
has written several freelance magazine articles for fishing publications and is
a fledgling blues-guitar and harmonica player.
Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences Professor of English
E 502 Boone AD Box 089 Spokane, WA 99258
Phone: (509) 313-3885
Office Location 416 College Hall
Office Hours M-F 8-12, 1-4:30; & by appt.
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989 Emphasis: 20th Century American Literature, Composition and Rhetoric
Main responsibilities: Assessment College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee Reappointment, promotion, and tenure procedures Departmental faculty evaluation guidelines Linked Thought and Expression courses Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference