John S. Caputo, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication & Leadership Studies, Walter Ong, S.J. Distinguished Scholar

John Caputo is Professor, Walter Ong, S.J. Scholar, Director of The Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media, and founder of the Master’s Program in Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. He has Chaired the Department of Communication...

John Caputo

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

PhD: Language and Communication; Claremont Graduate School; 1977
Dissertation: An Investigation of Nonverbal Behavior Research an Its Applicability to the Study of Social Interaction (John O. Regan, Advisor)

MA: Language and Communication; Claremont Graduate School; 1976

MA: Speech Communication; California State University, Long Beach; 1971
Thesis: Developing A Communication Theory Curriculum for Lower-Division College Students (Ellis Hays, Advisor)

BA: Speech Communication; California State University, Long Beach; 1969

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

Theorizing Communication

International and Intercultural Communication

Communication Teaching and Pedagogy

Seminar in Media Literacy

Peacebuilding through Dialogue

Capstone Thesis or Project

Renaissance Rhetoric


John Caputo is Professor, Walter Ong, S.J. Scholar, Director of The Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media, and founder of the Master’s Program in Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. He has Chaired the Department of Communication Arts for six years, served another seven years as Chair of Communication and Leadership Studies, and served as President of the Gonzaga Faculty. He has been teaching communication courses for more than 45 years. He is the author of seven books, a lecturer and consultant and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Dr. Caputo has written more than 30 articles in professional journals and has been honored as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar In-Residence at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, and Visiting Research Scholar-in-Residence in the Department of Communication and Social Research at La Sapienze University of Rome. He has been recognized for Teaching Excellence by the University of Texas at Austin, the Western States Communication Association, and in 2011 was awarded an Exemplary Faculty Award by Gonzaga University where he has also served as a Faculty Regent. This past November, the National Communication Association hosted a session entitled “Honoring the Pedagogy of Professor John Caputo.” John has led successful overseas study abroad programs in Florence and Cagli, Italy, and Armagh and Derry, Northern Ireland for more then 20 years. In 2016, he was instrumental in bringing forward a new Sister City status between Spokane and Cagli, Italy and will host students from Cagli this summer here in Spokane. John has a passion for Gonzaga basketball and he and his wife have been season ticket holders since 1990. John believes his greatest success has been with his wife Joann raising four children, three of which attended Gonzaga University.

Books & Chapters

Caputo, J.S. (2016).  Peacebuilding through dialogue in Northern Ireland. In Roy. S. & Shaw, S.S. (Eds.), Communicating differences: Culture, media, peace and conflict negotiation.  London: Palgrave:Macmillon.

With Crandall, H., & Hazel, M.  What do they expect? Academically entitled students and perceptions of teacher misbehaviors in the online classroom. In Wankle, C. & Wankle, L. (Eds.),  Misbehavior online in higher education: Cutting-edge technologies in higher education series. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Group.

With Wynyard, R., & Crandall, H. Stripping away abstractions: Korzybski and a new visual language. In Anton, C. and Strate. L. (Eds.), Korzybski and …  New York, New York: Institute of General Semantics Publishing

With Crandall, H. The intercultural communication cultural immersion experience: Preparing leaders for a global future. Journal of Leadership Studies Special Issue: Symposium on Educating and Developing Global Leaders.

With Crandall, H.  Striving for social change: The New Mexico media literacy project and the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media. Western States Communication Association. Albuquerque, New Mexico, February.

With Dannels, D., Hazel, B. and McMahon.C.  Communicating Effectively: The Linking of thought with expression. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall-Hunt Publishing, 2002, 2nd Edition, 2004, 3rd Edition 2006.

With Polassari, J. and Pickering, K. Effective Communication: A Handbook for Oral Communication. London, England: Trinity College Press/Dramatic Lines Publishing,

With Alfino, M. and Wynyard, R. McDonaldization Revisited: Critical Essays on Consumer Culture.  Massachusetts, Praeger Press.

"The Rhetoric of McDonaldization: A Social Semiotic Perspective" in McDonaldization Revisited: Critical Essays on Consumer Culture.  Massachusetts, Praeger Press, Alfino, M., Caputo. J. and Wynyard, R (Eds.)

With Hazel, H. Public Speaking Handbook: A Liberal Arts Approach. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 1995. 2nd Edition, 1998.

With Hazel, H. and McMahon, C. Interpersonal Communication: Competence Through Critical Reasoning. Newham, Mass.: Allyn and Bacon, November 1994, 2nd Edition, Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.

Dimensions of Communication: A Book of Readings, Lexington, Mass. Ginn Press, 1st Ed. 1982, 2nd Ed 1984, 3rd Ed. 1987.

Essays in Scholarly Journals & Books

With Crandall, H. “Experiential Teaching for Global and Communal Understanding,” in Proceedings of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Communication Conference, 20th Annual Meeting, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI July 2008.  Late Fall 2008.

"The Ratio Studiorum and Communication Curriculum for the 21st Century," in Proceedings of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Communication Conference, 12the Annual meeting, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA July, 2000.  This essay was the opening address of the conference. 

"Media Literacy: The Time Is Now." 57th Annual Claremont Reading Conference Yearbook; Philip H. Dreyer, Autumn 1993.

With Wynyard, R. "The Americanization of British Television: A Comparative Study." Journal of the Northwest Communication Association, Vol. 21, No. 1, Spring 1993.

With Wynyard, R. "A Tale of Two Practices: A Cautionary Look at the Teaching of Literacy in the U.S. and the U.K." 54th Annual Claremont Reading Conference Yearbook, Malcolm P. Douglass, Ed Autumn 1989.

With Durkin, K. "Initiation Into Literacy: A Comparison of Practices in the United States and England." 52nd Annual Claremont Reading Conference Yearbook, Malcolm P. Douglass, Ed Autumn 1985.

"Becoming A Communicator: A Look at the English Primary School and the Development of Linguistic Strategies In Young School Children." 49th Annual Claremont Reading Conference Yearbook, Malcolm P. Douglass, Ed Autumn 1982.

"Immediacy, Power and Responsiveness: Nonverbal Communication and the Interview." Management Abstracts, Vol. II, No. 1, 1981.

"A Functional Taxonomy to Describe Nonverbal Behavior in Naturalistic Settings." Australian SCAN: Journal of Human Communication, Nos. 7 & 8, pgs 43-57, 1981.

"Interpersonal Communication Skills in the Organization." Management Abstracts, Vol. I, No. 1, 1979.

"Description and Analysis of Nonverbal Communication: A Functional Approach." Papers In Linguistics, 11 (1-2), 1978.

"Locating Reference Materials on the Components of Nonverbal Behavior," in Walburga von RafflerEngle and Bates Hoffer (Eds.), Aspects of Nonverbal Behavior: A Handbook. San Antonio, Texas: Trinity University Press, 1977. 

"An Investigation of Nonverbal Behavior and Its Applicability of the Study of Social Interaction," Ph.D. dissertation. Claremont Graduate School and University Center, 1977. 

Chapter Summaries and Further Readings in Joan Buffington Sered, Oral Communication, Glencoe Press, 1977.

"A Bibliography of the Nonverbal Components of Behavior." The Discourse Analysis Working Commission of the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquee, 1976.

"The Anthropology of Reading," 40th Claremont Reading Conference Annual Yearbook, Malcolm P. Douglass, Ed Autumn 1976.

"Bibliography of the Research Archives of the (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquee) Discourse Analysis Working; Commission," in Constantin-George Sandulescu, "Working Papers in Discourse Analysis," May 1975, Stockholm, Sweden.

"Breaking Stereotypes: A General Semantics Approach." California Speech Bulletin, 1974.

"A Communication Theory Curriculum for the Lower-Division College Student." M.A. Thesis, California State University Long Beach, 1971. 

"Speech Communication in the Secondary Schools" Speech Abstracts, 1970.

Book & Software Reviews; Invited Essays 

Fidelity in translation: Communicating the bible in new media. Soukup. Paul, S.J. and Hodgson, Robert. (1999) Wisconsin: Sheed and Ward Publishers and the American Bible Society. Catholic Issues. Summer 2000.

“We all have a role to play in cleaning up media’s bad act,” Guest Editorial, The Spokesman-Review, July 5, 1999.

Knowing Others: An Intercultural Text. Harper-Collins Publishers, October 1992.

"Fight Information Glut by Cutting Out Clutter." The Spokesman Review and Spokane Chronicle, June 21, 1992.

"Are We Sinking From Information Overload?" Signum, Gonzaga University, Vol. 24, No. 4, Summer 1992.

"Tune Out The Tube." Guest Column, Spokesman-Review and Spokane Chronicle, June 30, 1991.

"MouseWrite: A Beginner's Guide to Word Processing on an Apple II." Communication Education, Vol. 36, No. 2, April 1987, pgs. 196-198.

"BookEnds Extended: A Bibliographic Database Software Package." Communication Education, Vol. 36, No. 2, April 1987, pgs. 198-199.

Disciplinary Approaches Review - "The Multi-Disciplinary Study of Questioning and Discussion." J.T. Dillon, organizer, American Educational Research Association, Chicago, April 1985. 

A Review of Meek, M., et al., Opening Moves: Work In Progress in the Study of Children's Language Development. Institute of Education, University of London: Heinemann Educational Books, 1983. In First Language, Autumn 1984. 

"Clarification Strategies in the Shared Book Experience," First Language, 1983.

A pre-publication review of Modgil, S., and Modgil C., a series of books, Masters in Psychology: Kohlberg, Chomsky, Eysenck, For NFER-Nelson Publishing Company, Ltd., Windsor, Berkshire, England, 1983.

Editorial Board, The Journal of the Northwest Communication Association, 1993 to 2007.

Editorial Board and Journal Referee. First Language, 1983-86.

Executive Board. The Northwest Alliance For Responsible Media. 1998 – present.

Papers, Presentations & Professional Meetings 

Caputo, J.S., & Crandall, H.M.  (2016- 17) Co-Directors, Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media in Partnership and the Center for Media Literacy Excellence with the University of Washington. 

Caputo, J.S. (2017, February).  Time and Place Committee Planning Session.  Western States Communication Association Annual Convention. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Caputo, J.S., Crandall, H., and Cunningham, C. (2017, March).  Spotting Fake News. MediaFest 2017, KSPS Public Television, Spokane, WA.

Caputo, J. S.  (2017, March 10-1 ) Panel Organizer and Facilitator. The Intercultural Communication Cultural Immersion Experiences: Preparing Leaders for a Global Future. Panel Participants: Sally Deck, May Robinson, Heather Schmitt, Rita Serghini, Angela Snyder. Leadership Symposium, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.

Caputo, J.S. (2016, 27 April). Interpersonal communication: A comparative approach. A public lecture.  Discussant, Giovanni Ciofalo, Ricercatore in Sociologia dei Processi Culturali e Communicativi, Dipartimento Di Communicazione e Ricerca Sociale, at Sapienza Universita Di Roma, Italia.

Caputo, J.S. (2016, 4 May). The Rhetoric of McDonaldization: Social, communicative and semiotic perspectives.  A public lecture.  Discussant, Erica Antonini, Ricercatore in Sociologia Generale, Dipartimento Di Communicazione e Ricerca Sociale, Sapienza Universita Di Roma, Italia.

Caputo, J.S. (2016, 4 May). Peacebuilding through dialogue in Northern Ireland. A Doctoral seminar and public lecture.  Discussant, Erica Antonini, Ricercatore in Sociologia Generale, Dipartimento Di Communicazione e Ricerca Sociale, Sapienza Universita Di Rome, Italia

Caputo, J. S., & DePalma, P.  (2016, June 23-26). Walter Ong and Self representation as game and play in social media.   Panel Conveners and Participants.  The Seventeenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association at the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.

Caputo, J. S., & DePalma, P.  (2016, June 23-26). Special session of the Walter Ong, S.J. Society. Panel Conveners and Participants.  The Seventeenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association at the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.

Caputo, J.S. (2016, February 28). Panel Chair and Discussant.  Ethical and collective memory: Repeating cultural stories with our students. Western States Communication Association Annual Convention, San Diego, California.

Caputo, J.S. (2016, February 29). Committee Member, Time and Place Business and Planning Meeting. Western States Communication Association Annual Convention, San Diego, California.

Caputo, J.S., Crandall, H., & Hofstetter, R. (2016, November 10 – 13). Panel Organizers and Conveners. Pedagogy of peace and conflict: Building and sharing communication curriculum to transform. Instructional Development Division; Peace and Conflict Communication Division, National Communication Association 102nd Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Caputo, J.S. (2016, November 10 -13). Teachers on Teaching Series: Honoring the Pedagogy of Lauren Lemley and John Caputo. Respondents: Deanna Dannels, Jodie M. Bowers, and Melanie B.P. Steel.  National Communication Association 102nd Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Caputo, J.S., & Crandall, H.M.  (2016) Co-Directors, Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media in Partnership and the Center for Media Literacy Excellence with the University of Washington.

With Backlund, P., Beachley, M.L., & Cornelius, D.  Advice from the Experienced: Points to Ponder for Individuals Entering the Field.  Northwest Communication Association Convention; Coeur d’Alene, ID. April.

With Buccifiero, C., Osborne, A., & Radmer, E. Turning Awkward Classroom Moments Into Positive Learning Experiences.  Western States Communication Association Annual Convention. Spokane, Washington. February.

With Crandall, H.  Beyond The Troubles, Bloody Sunday and the Murals of Derry. Panel: The changing faces of conflict: Opportunities and limitations in approaches to peace and conflict communication. National Communication Association Annual Convention. Chicago, IL. November. 

Caputo, J.S. Political Murals, Graffiti & Ethical Remembering.  Western States Communication Association Annual Convention. Anaheim, California. February.

With Cunningham, C. & Crandall, H.M.  Flipping online: Is it possible to flip an online class?  Western States Communication Association Annual Convention. Anaheim, California. February.

Walter Ong: How the Seamless Web of Technology is Restructuring Consciousness. Closing keynote address, Interdisciplinary Conference on the thought of Walter J. Ong, S.J., Technology, Rhetoric, and Cultural Change: Walter J. Ong, S. J. in the Age of Google, Facebook, and Twitter.  Gonzaga University. Spokane, Washington

Caputo, J.S. and Crandall, H.M. Talking out Loud with Dr. Brenda J. Allen, Visiting Scholar Residence, Intercultural Communication and Diversity, Gonzaga University Department of Communication and Leadership Studies.  Video taped dialogue series for the Mentor’s Gallery at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington

Caputo. J.S. Conference Planner (with DePalma, P., Clancy, T., Besmer, K., Crandall, H.M.) Interdisciplinary Conference on the thought of Walter J. Ong, S.J., Technology, Rhetoric, and Cultural Change: Walter J. Ong, S. J. in the Age of Google, Facebook, and Twitter.  Gonzaga University. Spokane, Washington.

Caputo, J.S.  Peacebuilding Through Dialogue In Northern Ireland and Experiential Learning. National Communication Association Annual Convention.  Washington, D.C. November. 

Caputo, J. S. Crandall, H.M. Media Literacy and Global Communication: Bringing Grassroots Media Literacy Organizing Efforts into our Classrooms. Western States Communication Association Convention, Reno, Nevada, February 16, 2013.

John S. Caputo, Distinguished Scholar Interview. Top 50 Communication Scholars in America. Figure/Ground Communication. http://figureground.ca/2012/03/27/6664/ March.

Best practices in online communication education. National Communication Association Card Call.  Washington, D.C. March.

Roundtable Presentation: Western States Communication Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February.

With Crandall, H. & Hazel, M. “Misbehaviors and Entitlement: Communication Obstacles in Online Learning Environments”. National Communication Association, San Francisco, November 2010.

With Crandall, H. & Hazel, M. “Teacher Misbehaviors in Online Classrooms and How Student Perceptions of Misbehaviors Relate to Entitlement.” Collaborative Research Forum, Gonzaga University. March 2010.

With Crandall, H. “The Photograph As Pedagogy: Qualitative Research and Visual Culture Instruction through Social Justice”.  National Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois, November 2009.

With Crandall, H. & Bonfini, C. “Communication, Media Convergence and Cultural Immersion: Cagli Graduate pilot project,” Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Communication Conference, July 2009.

With Russo, B. “Drama and Intercultural Communication: A Collaborative Approach Using Readers Theater,” Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Communication Conference, July 2009.

With Hazel, M., McMahon, C. & Crandall, M. “Outcomes and Implications of a Collaborative Teaching Approach for Communication Courses.” Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Communication Conference, July 2009. 

“The Faces of Poverty: Global and Local Images, Gonzaga University,” The Ideology of Individualism and Media Representation of Poverty. Spokane, WA.,  April 2009.

Talk, Emerging CEO’s Leadership, St. Joseph’s Family Center, Communication & Technology, March, 2009.

“Multimedia Delivery of Graduate Education: Changing Pedagogical Practices in Higher Education,” National Communication Association Convention, San Diego, CA, November 2008. 

With Crandall, H. “Designing the Cyber Master’s Degree. National Communication Association Convention, San Diego, CA, November 2008

“Developing a Graduate Program with a Focus on Global and Ethical Communication,” Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Communication Conference, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI July, 2008

“Renaissance Rhetoric and Contemporary Leadership,” Conference of the Northwest Communication Association, Annual Meeting, Coeur d’Alene, ID, April, 2006.

“How Can the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Be Evaluated: Matching Tenure, Promotion, and Advancement Policies to Institutional Mission at A Liberal Arts University.”  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Panel, National Communication Association Convention, Seattle, WA November 2000.

“Practical Theory in Classroom Contexts,” Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Panel, National Communication Association Convention, Seattle, WA November 2000.

“Effects of Media in the Lives of Children,” Early Childhood Education Association of Washington, Spokane, Washington, October 2000.

“Media Violence: What We Know But Ignore.” Keynote Speaker, Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media Conference, Spokane Convention Center, Spokane, WA. March 1999.

“The Role of Audience in Classical Rhetoric and the Relationship to Bible Translation in Multi-Media Formats.” Invited Speaker. International Symposium and Video production for the American Bible Society, New York City. November 1998.

“Diversity and Mass Media.” Keynote Speaker, Unity in our Community Diversity Conference, Spokane Community College, Spokane, Washington, October, 1998.

“Semiotic Theory and Nonverbal Behavior.” Department of Psychology, Keynes College, The University of Kent at Canterbury, England, May, 1998.

Communication and Cultural Identities in American Media,” Guest Lecture. Universita de Firenze.  Florence, Italy, March 1998. 

“Communication and Cultural Dissonance.” Firenze NETWORK. Syracuse University, Firenze, Italia, February 1998.

“Communication and Values: Toward a Philosophy of Communication.”  The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Communication Conference, Boston College, Boston, Mass., July, 1997.

“Communication and Social Semiotics.” The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Communication Conference, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA July, 1996

"Pop Culture, Values and the Glorification of Violence." Presented at the Thomas More Scholarship Conference. Gonzaga Law School, Spokane, Washington. 1997

"What do we know and what do we teach." Presented at the Western Communication Association Annual Convention, Pasadena, California, February 1996.

"Technology and the Communication Classroom." Presented at the Speech Communication Association Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas, 1995.

"Learning From Learners." 60th Annual Claremont Reading Conference. Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California, March 1993.

"Conflict Negotiation Strategies." Panel presentation, to the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), Spokane, Washington, October 1992.

With Hazel, H., "Pleasures and Pitfalls of Writing an Interpersonal Text: In the Shadow of Adler and Towne." Paper presented at the Northwest Communication Association Meetings, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, April 1992.

"Film as Instructional Tool in Rhetoric: Student Burkian Analyses of "The Mission." Paper presented at the Northwest Communication Association Meetings, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, April 1992.

With Wynyard, R., "A Cross-National Study of College and University Departments of Communication in the United States and the United Kingdom, "Paper presented at the Northwest Communication Association Annual Convention, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, April 1992.

"Commercials: The Communion Wafer of the Marketplace." Presented at Catholic Youth Congress '92, Spokane, Washington, March 1992.

Chair, Top three Competitive Papers in Interpersonal Communication, Western States Communication Association Annual Convention, Boise, Idaho, February 1992.

"Training Spokane's Workforce." Presentation to the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Resource Fair, Spokane, Washington, November 1991.

With Smith, "Film In Honors Rhetoric: A Dramaturgical Analysis of The Mission." Paper presented at the Speech Communication Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1991. ERIC Document ED. 344 260. 

"The Use of Popular Film Across The Curriculum," Workshop presented at the 13th International Conference on Teaching Excellence, The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, The University of Texas at Austin, May 1991. 

"The Role of Communication In Staff and Organizational Development," Paper presented the Northwest Communication Association Annual Meeting, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, April 1991.

"Values and Social Justice: One Model for Value Oriented Higher Education," Presented at the Winter Professional Development Conference, Chaffey College, California, March 1991.

"Television: The More You See The Worse It Gets?" Presented at Catholic Youth Congress '91, Spokane, Washington, and March 1991. 

"Film as a Pedagogical Tool: The Integration of Commercial Films in Communication Classes," with Ron Adler and Kipp Preble. Paper and "Short Course" presented at the Speech Communication Annual Convention, Chicago, November 1990.

"In a Looking Glass: Are We Who We Think We Are? Intercultural Communication Training For Staff Diversity," Paper presented the 12th International Conference on Teaching Excellence, The National Institute For Staff and Organizational Development, The University of Texas at Austin, May 1990. 

"Computer Applications in Communication Pedagogy" Presenter and Panel Organizer, Western Speech Communication Association Annual Convention, Sacramento, California, February 1990.

"A Comparative Look at the Teaching of Literacy in the U.S. and the U.K." Claremont Reading Conference, The Claremont Colleges, Spring 1989.

"Family Conflict and Communication Style" Conference on Families, Chaffey College, Spring 1989.

With Preble, K., "Literature as Text In Communication Courses." Western Speech Communication Association Annual Convention, San Diego, February 1988.

"Language and Literacy - A Cross National Study," Claremont Reading Conference, The Claremont Colleges, Spring 1985.

"The Claremont System: Comparison of Discourse Analysis Systems and Their Application, Research, and Data Corpus." Seventh World Congress of the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquee, Brussels, Belgium, August 1984.

"Approaches to Communication Studies; A U.S., U.K. Comparison." British Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama, The University of Sussex, Brighton, U.K., August 1984.

"Rhetorical Traditions of Literature in Performance." British Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama, The University of London, Wye College, Kent, England, August 1983.

"Two Classrooms: Inside The British Primary School." Claremont Reading Conference, The Claremont Colleges, January 1982. 

"Infralanguage and The Thematic Web of Discourse Structures." Unit Seminar, Social Psychology Research Unit, The University of Kent at Canterbury, November 1981.

"Researching New Student Populations." Annual Western Speech Communication Association Meeting, San Jose, California, February 1981.

"Nonverbal Behavior and Managerial Style." Women In Management Conference, Los Angeles, California, May 1979.

"Stress Identification and Management." Chaffey College Annual Conference on Communication, April 1978.

"World Discourse Analysis Systems." The Fifth World Congress of the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliqué, Montreal, Canada, August 1978.

"Nonverbal Skills in the Classroom." Pepperdine University Conference on Language and Reading, April 1978.

"Ideology and Utopia in the Classroom." The Conference on Culture and Communication, Department of Anthropology, Temple University, March 1977.

"Reading the Curse of Childhood." Claremont Reading Conference, Claremont Graduate School, February 1976.

"Language and Conflict: Towards an Analysis of the Discourse Structures of Conflict in Adolescence." Linguistics Symposium, Claremont Graduate School, Spring 1976.

"Infralanguage: A Nonverbal Agent of Socialization." Fourth Annual Seminar on Language in the Schools, California State University, Pomona, November 1975.

"Modalities of Semantic Choice: Language Functions and Their Place in the Communication Curriculum." Western Speech Communication Association, Annual Convention, Seattle, Washington, November 1975.

"Interpersonal Communication at the High School Level." California High School Speech Association, University of Southern California, September 1970.

Intercultural Communication

Nonverbal Communication and Sociolinguistics

Transmedia Studies

Dialogue and Peacebuilding

Media and Social Values

Communication Education

Rhetoric and Semiotics