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Dr. Claudia Bucciferro
Assistant Professor

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

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

Office Location
College Hall 432E

Office Hours
Spring 2016: M 10:00am - 11:40am; T 9:45am - 10:30am; W 1:10pm - 2:20pm; R 1:30pm - 2:30pm.

Ph.D., Communication, University of Colorado at Boulder

M.A., Applied Linguistics, University of Concepción, Chile

B.A., Communication, University of Concepción, Chile

B.A., Journalism, University of Concepción, Chile


Dr. Claudia Bucciferro specializes in international/intercultural communication, media and cultural studies, and communication theory. She is the author of FOR-GET: Identity, Media, and Democracy in Chile and the editor of two books on transnational film franchises and global popular culture. Her research focuses on media and society, particularly dealing with issues of identity, gender, class, race, inequality and representation in the Americas. Her work has appeared in various communication journals and edited collections. Born and raised in Chile, Dr. Bucciferro has received several scholarly awards and first traveled to the United States with a fellowship from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

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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

Office Hours
Spring 2016: TR 1:00pm - 2:00pm.

M.S. Communication Studies, Southern Illinois University
B.A. Political Science, Southern Illinois University

Glen Frappier is Director of Gonzaga's Debate Program. Under his tutelage, the Debate Team has won numerous national and international recognitions. He joined Gonzaga in 1998, after competing and coaching at Southern Illinois University. In the Communication Studies Department, he currently teaches coursework in argumentation, debate, persuasion, and nonverbal communication. Before entering an academic career, Glen worked as a Communications Specialist in the United States Army.

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Dr. Andrea McCracken

502 E. Boone
AD Box 22
Spokane, WA  99258

Phone: 509-313-6693

Office Location
College Hall 432K

Office Hours
Spring 2016: TR 9:30am - 10:30am.

Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Communication Studies, University of Montana, Missoula
B.A., Communication Studies, Michigan State University

Dr. Andrea McCracken is interested in health communication and interpersonal communication. Her research focuses on how memorable messages from significant others are related to health attitudes, cognitions, and behaviors. She has worked on a series of studies that examine how acceptance and challenge are related to weight management messages from romantic partners. She is further interested in examining memorable health messages from diverse and disenfranchised populations in order to help improve communication and health outcomes. Regarding interpersonal communication, she has also investigated communication in “on-again/off-again” relationships. Her research has been published in Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Interpersona, and Western Journal of Communication.

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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

Office Hours
Spring 2016: M 1:00pm - 3:00pm; T 11:00am - 12:00pm; W 1:00pm - 2:00pm.

M.S., Journalism, University of Kansas
B.A., English, University of Missouri-Kansas City
B.A., Biology, University of Missouri-Columbia

Kris Morehouse teaches full-time in Gonzaga's undergraduate Communication Studies program and part-time in the master's program in Communication and Leadership. In the summer, she teaches ethnography and storytelling in the Gonzaga-in-Cagli program in Italy. Her scholarly interests include media and culture, storytelling, speech communication, ethnography, and writing. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, she taught at Whitworth University and worked as an editor and journalist for daily newspapers in Spokane and Kansas City.

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Dr. Tony Osborne

502 E. Boone Ave
AD Box 023
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6659

Office Location
CG 432-M (College Hall)

Ph.D., Ohio State University  
M.A., Ohio State University
M.S., Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
B.A., University of Michigan 

Dr. Tony Osborne is the author of "Greed is Good" and Other Fables: Office Life in Popular Culture, a book that focuses on media portrayals of corporate culture. His research relates to discursive representations of "the great American dilemma," which involves opposing narratives of conformity and rebellion. His research and teaching interests include mass communication, documentary film, leadership, rhetoric, and the arts--particularly music and literature. Prior to joining Gonzaga, he lived in Europe for several years and was a professor at American University in Bulgaria. 

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Dr. Karen Petruska

502 E Boone Ave
AD Box 22
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6747

Office Location
College Hall 432P

Office Hours
Spring 2016: TR 12:00pm - 1:00pm, 3:00pm - 4:00pm; W 12:00pm - 3:00pm.

Ph.D., Communication, Georgia State University
M.A., English and American Literature, Washington University, St. Louis
B.A. English, Theatre, and History, St. Louis University

Dr. Karen Petruska’s research interests include screen cultures, media industries, television history, regulatory policy, and gender. Prior to moving to Spokane in August, she served as the Project Lead for the Media Industries Project’s Connected Viewing Initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work appears in The Velvet Light Trap, Creative Industries, Spectator, Popular Communication, Media Commons, In Media Res, Antenna, and two anthologies. She is currently co-editing a special issue of Convergence about connected viewing.

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Dr. Lisa Silvestri
Assistant Professor

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

Phone: (509) 313-6551

Office Location
College Hall 432N

Office Hours
Spring 2016: MW 9:00am - 11:00pm.

Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Iowa
M.A., Communication and Culture, Indiana University
B.A., Journalism, Indiana University

Dr. Lisa Silvestri,
author of Friended at the Front: Social Media in the American War Zone, studies the ethical and moral dimensions of digital culture and the problem of war. She uses rhetorical criticism as a mode of cultural production. Her work appears in Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, Media War & Conflict, The Review of Communication, Soundings, and Visual Communication Quarterly. She likes to teach 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.

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Dr. Patricia Terry

Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of English

E 502 Boone
AD Box 089
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3885

Office Location
College Hall #416H

Office Hours
M-F  8-12, 1-4:30; & by appt.

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Patricia Terry is Interim Chair of the Communication Studies Department. She is also Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English. Her scholarly interests focus on 20th century American literature, composition and rhetoric. Before taking a leadership position in the Communication Studies Department, she worked in various assessment projects and participated in the organization of the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference.