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Claudia Bucciferro
Ast Prof, Comm Studies

502 E. Boone Gonzaga University
AD Box 022
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-3635
Fax: 509-313-5718

Office Location
College Hall 432E

Educational Background:

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, Chile, 2000


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.

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Dr. Amy Corey
Ast Prof, Comm Studies

Gonzaga University 502 E. Boone
AD Box 022
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6747

Office Location
College Hall 432P

Amy M. Corey, Ph.D.


Bachelor of Arts in Communication, University of San Francisco, San Francisco CA Master of Arts in Human Communication Studies, University of Denver, Denver CO Ph.D. in Human Communication Studies,  University of Denver, Denver CO

Courses Taught:

COMM 100: Introduction to Speech Communication COMM 280: Communication Theory COMM 254: Communication and Popular Culture COMM 418: Intercultural and International Communication COMM 480/WGST 397: Gender and Popular Culture

Amy Corey is passionate about sharing ideas in the classroom and engaging her students.  Her work explores culture and representation and she teaches and writes about issues of difference and social justice especially as communicated in popular culture. Working from feminist and critical traditions, she is particularly interested in media criticism, the politics of representation, and intercultural communication in a global environment. Her work has been published in The Business of Entertainment, The Development of Human Communication, Texas Speech Communication Journal, and in numerous encyclopedias.  Her current research explores the dynamics of U.S./Arab intercultural interactions and issues of embodiment, identity, and culture surrounding belly dance.

Outside of the classroom, she loves to cook and to dance.  She does Pilates, various Arabic dances and Latin dances, and especially loves to salsa dance. She also enjoys science fiction and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

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Glen Frappier

Director of Debate/Senior Lecturer

502 E Boone Ave
AD Box 020
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6663
Fax: (509) 313-5718

Office Location
CG 432-L

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.

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Kristina Morehouse

502 E. Boone Ave
AD Box 022
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509.313-6116

Office Location
College Hall 432 F

Educational History:

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.

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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)

Educational History: 

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

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Lisa Silvestri
Ast Prof, Comm Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E Boone
AD Box 22
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6551

Office Location
CG 432K

Educational History:
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
Communication Theory

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 believing that some of the most impactful scholarship does not arrive at answers but illuminates texts to raise new questions and start progressive 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. 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 philosphers:  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Wendell Berry, and Dr. Seuss.

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The Hon. Frank Slak
Sr Lect - AT, Comm Studies

AD Box 022

Phone: 313-6661

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.