Ph.D., Rhetoric and Public Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington
M.S., Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A., French, The University of Texas at Austin
B.S., 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.
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
Dr. Melissa Click
502 E. Boone AD Box 022 Spokane, WA 99258
Phone: (509) 313-5974
Office Location College Hall 409
Office Hours Wednesday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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 romancereaders, 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 & Masculinities, Popular Communication, Popular
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.
Interdisciplinary Ph.D: Media Studies, Rhetoric, and American Studies. Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.
MA in Communication Studies. Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.
BA in Communication Studies. Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.
Dr. Heather Crandall teaches courses in rhetoric, theorizing communication, public address, gender communication, and media literacy. She is an affiliate faculty in the Women's and Gender Studies Department and she serves on the board of the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media. Her research interests include visual rhetoric and social change, media literacy, and communication pedagogy.
Director of Debate/Senior Lecturer
502 E Boone Ave AD Box 020 Spokane, WA 99258
Phone: (509) 313-6663
Office Location College Hall 432L
Office Hours Tuesday: 9:20am - 10:45am
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.
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 A. McCracken is interested in perceptions and their associations with communication disparities and outcomes. Her research has examined perceptions in multiple contexts, but especially related to health and in close relationships. Recently, she has examined how perceptions of acceptance and challenge in memorable messages are related to health attitudes, cognitions, and behaviors. She has also examined emotional responses elicited by health messages among college students. Further, her research has examined perceptions of intergroup and intragroup partisan perceptions on issues of social controversy, perceptions of congruency in affection expressions, and communication surrounding relationship transitions in “on-again-off-again” relationships. Results from this scholarship has been published in Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Interpersona, Western Journal of Communication, and The Northwest Journal of Communication. Her work have also been noted in the Health Communication Science Digest, a publication by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in Psychology Today. In addition to her scholarship, Dr. McCracken is equally passionate about teaching, and emphasizes the transformative power of communication skills across careers and interests in her courses.
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.
Dr. Tony Osborne
502 E. Boone AD Box 023 Spokane, WA 99258
Phone: (509) 313-6659
Office Location College Hall 432M
Office Hours Tuesday: 8:15am - 9:15am and 11:00am - 12:00pm Thursday: 8:15am - 9:15am and 11:00am - 12:00pm
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.
Ph.D., Communication, Georgia
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 four anthologies. She recently co-edited a special issue of Convergence about
Ph.D., Communication Arts - Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture, University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.A., Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.A., Folklore, University of Oregon, Eugene
B.A., English, University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A., Classical Humanities, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dr. Casey R. Schmitt teaches rhetoric and communication, with a personal research focus in environmental narrative, ecological debate, and ethnographic fieldwork, especially in stories of wilderness and natural spaces. His secondary research includes studies on the social import of American folk narrative, representations of indigenous Americans, and popular culture. He is the author of 16 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. Outside of research and teaching, Schmitt is a frequent writer and editor, having served in editorial positions for several academic journals, including New Directions in Folklore, the Oral History Review, and Western Folklore.
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.