Kristina Johnson Morehouse

Senior Lecturer of Communication Studies

I have been blessed to enjoy two professions in my life--teaching and writing. Each day, I am excited to come to Gonzaga to teach my students, but more importantly, for them to teach me. I believe that the key to a good life is infinite curiosity. As...

Kris Morehouse

Contact Information

  • College Hall, Room 432F
  • Spring 2018
    Tuesday: 8 a.m.–9 a.m.
    Wednesday: 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
    Thursday: 3 p.m.–4 p.m.
    Friday: 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

  • 509-313-6116

Education & Curriculum Vitae

M.S., Journalism, University of Kansas

B.A., English, University of Missouri-Kansas City

B.S., Biology, University of Missouri-Columbia

Courses Taught

COMM 100

COMM 184

COMM 364

COMM 384

COML 596

COML 599


I have been blessed to enjoy two professions in my life--teaching and writing. Each day, I am excited to come to Gonzaga to teach my students, but more importantly, for them to teach me. I believe that the key to a good life is infinite curiosity. As Paolo Friere says, "Whoever teaches learns in the act of teaching, and whoever learns teaches in the act of learning."

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Kristina Morehouse fell hard for words at an early age. Like many young people, she flirted with other fields, including a dalliance with biology that earned her an undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She reconnected with her passion for writing while earning an English degree with a creative writing concentration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She then completed her master’s degree at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Kansas.

Kristina Morehouse spent 13 years working as a journalist at newspapers including The Kansas City Star and The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. While she loved storytelling, she found she also loved teaching after co-teaching a writing class with a journalism colleague. From there, she began teaching full-time at Gonzaga University where she has taught a variety of classes that include communication and culture, communication and technology, ethnography, academic and journalistic writing, and media literacy. She regularly reviews books for Communication Research Trends, and her co-authored work on virtual grief has appeared in Media Development and Communication Research Trends. She frequently guest lectures on storytelling and online identity formation.

Kristina Morehouse is actively involved in mentoring programs for first-generation college students and students from under-represented populations. She also teaches public-speaking in multicultural classrooms that include a mix of international as well as U.S. students. She feels exceptionally grateful to spend her day in the company of students who make her forget she is actually working.

As a novice teacher, Kristina Morehouse found that coaching writing and coaching speech posed similar issues of vulnerability and that she enjoyed helping students expand their comfort zones. She has spent nearly 10 years in the public-speaking classroom, and she serves as the liaison for adjunct faculty who teach public speaking. She also chaired the committee that re-envisioned her university’s core communication and public-speaking class, and she now works with her colleagues on ways to better engage students in the new curriculum. Her research interests include storytelling, media literacy, the intersection of social media and social change, and communication pedagogy in the multicultural classroom.

Morehouse, K.J. [Review of New Wars, New Media and New War Journalism: Professional and Legal Challenges in Conflict Reporting by Stig A. Nohrstedt and Rune Ottosen] Communication Research Trends, 34(2). 38-40.

Morehouse, K.J. [Review of Working the Story by Douglas P. Starr and Deborah W. Dunsford] Communication Research Trends, 34(1). 38-40.

Morehouse, K. J., & Crandall, H. M. Virtual Grief. Technology, Rhetoric, and Cultural Change: Walter J. Ong, S. J. in the Age of Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Communication Research Trends, 33(1). 26-28

(Permission granted to reprint) Morehouse, K. J., & Crandall, H. M. Virtual Grief. Technology, Rhetoric, and Cultural Change: Walter J. Ong, S. J. in the Age of Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Media Development.

Morehouse, K.J. “Gonzaga Study-Abroad Program for Graduate Students Helps Draw Two Families to Cagli, Italy.” Gonzaga News Service. Retrieved Feb. 17, 2014. http://news.gonzaga.edu/2013/gonzaga-study-program-graduate

Johnson, K. “New Beginnings Bring Former Resident Home.” The Spokesman-Review. 21 March 2008, final ed.: D3.

Johnson, K. “Family Comes First.” The Spokesman-Review. 7 March 2008, final ed.: D4.

Johnson, K. “Shott’s Chicken Nachos Ready for Prime Time.” The Spokesman-Review. 5 March 2008, final ed.: D1.

Johnson, K. “An Incredible Journey Home.” The Spokesman-Review. 1 Feb. 2008, final ed.: D1.

Johnson, K. “The Young Family.” The Spokesman-Review. 22 Jan. 2008, final edition: Z10.

Johnson, K. “The Kinder-Pyle Family.” The Spokesman-Review. 15 Jan. 2008, final edition: Z11.

Johnson, K. “The Finnegan Family.” The Spokesman-Review. 1 Jan. 2008, final edition: Z7.

Johnson, K. “Gary and Cheri Reed.” The Spokesman-Review. 4 Dec. final ed.: Z7.

Johnson, K. “Brad and Jackie Erovick.” The Spokesman-Review. 13 Nov. 2007, final ed.: Z10.

Johnson, K. “Paul Hajek.” The Spokesman-Review. 6 Nov. 2007, final ed.: Z4.

Johnson, K. “Jon Louis and Katharine Surette.” The Spokesman-Review. 30 Oct. 2007, final ed.: Z4.

Johnson, K. “Dawn Lindblom.” The Spokesman-Review. 16 Oct. 2007, final ed.: Z13.

Johnson, K. “Karen and Jake Whitehead.” The Spokesman-Review. 9 Oct. 2007, final ed.: Z15.

Johnson, K. “The Mullin Family.” The Spokesman-Review. 2 Oct. 2007, final ed.: Z12.

Johnson, K. “Dexter DuPont.” The Spokesman-Review. 25 Sept. 2007, final ed.: Z7.

Johnson, K. “Couple Revel in Garden Retreat.” The Spokesman-Review. 18 Sept. 2007, final ed.: Z12.

Johnson, K. “Pam Lund.” The Spokesman-Review. 18 Sept. 2007, final ed.: Z6.

Johnson, K. “Linda Dellens.” The Spokesman-Review. 28 Aug. 2007, final ed.: Z12.

Johnson, K. “Lona and Ken Holm.” The Spokesman-Review. 14 Aug. 2007, final ed.: Z12.

Johnson, K. “Backyward beach retreat; Couple brings home coastal sights, smells.” The Spokesman-Review. 7 Aug. 2007, final ed.: Z16.

Johnson, K. “Patricia Irons.” The Spokesman-Review. 7 Aug. 2007, final ed.: Z15.

Johnson, K. “The Owens Family.” The Spokesman-Review. 24 July 2007, final ed.: Z6.

Johnson, K. “Scott and Susan Miller.” The Spokesman-Review. 17 July 2007, final ed.: Z16.

Johnson, K. “A reflection of creativity; Couple’s crafts use glass, fiber.” The Spokesman-Review. 10 July 2007, final ed.: Z8.

Johnson, K. “Bob Adolfson.” The Spokesman-Review. 3 July 2007, final ed.: Z6.

Johnson, K. “The Sklut Family.” The Spokesman-Review. 26 June. 2007, final ed.: Z6.

Johnson, K. “The Tan Family.” The Spokesman-Review. 12 June 2007, final ed.: Z7.

Johnson, Kristina. “Lynn Terry.” The Spokesman-Review. 5 June. 2007, final ed.: Z13.

Johnson, K. “Spokane history goes on the block; Auction to include rustic carriages.” The Spokesman-Review. 5 June 2007, final ed.: Z14.

Johnson, K. “Patrice Lynn.” The Spokesman-Review. 29 May 2007, final ed.: Z9.

Johnson, K. “Fine-tuning hands of time; Repairman gives old clocks new life.” The Spokesman-Review. 15 May 2007, final ed.: Z10.