Faculty


Picture of Dr. Jonathan P. Rossing
Dr. Jonathan P. Rossing
Associate Professor & Department Chair

502 E. Boone
AD Box 22
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6958

Office Location
CG 432P

PhD, Rhetoric and Public Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington
MS, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, Indiana University, Bloomington
BA, French, The University of Texas at Austin
BS, Zoology, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Jonathan P. Rossing studies the rhetoric of social justice, particularly in relation to race and racism in the United States. His primary focus is on the way people use humor to provoke conversations about race and to provide a critical education about race. Jonathan also specializes in communication pedagogy including studying the systems of meaning faculty create through the language choices and syllabi. In 2015, Jonathan received the National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions Grant to develop a course on the Purpose and Value of Play. This course extends his ongoing research on improvisation, communication, and education. He regularly applies theories of play and improvisation in teaching and leadership. Before coming to Gonzaga University, Jonathan was an Assistant Professor at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis.

 
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Dr. Daniel Bloomingdale
Lecturer

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

Phone: (509) 313-4722

Office Location
CG 435A

Ph.D., Communication and Rhetorical Processes, Wayne State University
M.A., Language and Culture, University of Nebraska
B.A., Speech Communication, University of Nebraska


Dr. Dan Bloomingdale specializes in rhetoric and public discourse, with an emphasis on the role of expert opinion in public argument. His previous teaching experience includes stints at Penn State University, the University of Georgia, and Lewis and Clark College. He is co-author of the book Adcancing in Debate, Skills and Concepts.

 
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Dr. Claudia Bucciferro
Assistant Professor

502 E. Boone
AD Box 022
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3635

Office Location
College Hall 432E

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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Dr. Melissa Click
Lecturer

502 E. Boone
AD Box 22
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-5974

Office Location
CG 432J

Ph.D., Communication, University of Massachusetts
M.A, Communication, University of Massachusetts
B.B.A, Marketing, James Madison University

Dr. Melissa A. Click's research interests center on popular culture texts and audiences, particularly texts and audiences disdained in mainstream culture. Her work in this area is guided by audience studies, theories of gender and sexuality, and media literacy. Recent research projects involve romance readers, the impact of social media in fans’ relationship with celebrities, masculinity and male fans, and the inevitable changes fans experience in their fandom over time. 
Her scholarship has been published in Television & New Media, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, Men & MasculinitiesPopular CommunicationPopular Music & Society, and Transformative Works & Cultures. She is the co-editor of Bitten by Twilight and the Routledge Companion to Media Fandom (forthcoming). NYU Press will publish her forthcoming edited collection, Dislike, Hate, and Anti-fandom in the Digital Age.

 
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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

Office Location
CG 432L

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
Lecturer

502 E. Boone
AD Box 22
Spokane, WA  99258

Phone: (509) 313-6693

Office Location
College Hall 432K

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
Senior Lecturer

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

Phone: (509) 313-6116

Office Location
College Hall 432F

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
Professor

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

Phone: (509) 313-6659

Office Location
CG 432M

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
Assistant Professor

502 E Boone Ave
AD Box 22
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6747

Office Location
College Hall 432H

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

502 E Boone
AD Box 22
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6551

Office Location
College Hall 432N

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.