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Until further notice, the University of Arizona, in accordance with the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encourages all employees to work remotely. Our main office is open for limited hours to the public, Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm, until September 14th. Although, you can reach the Communication Department, Monday–Friday from 8:30am-5pm, at 520-621-1366 or by email to comminfo@arizona.edu.

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Ruth Montes de Oca's picture
Ruth Montes de Oca
Administrative Associate & Building Manager
retapia@arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-2726
FAX: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 211

Ruth assists students, faculty and university staff with general inquires regarding the Communication Department, business office support, office management, event coordination and scheduling. She is a UA Alumni with BAs in Spanish and Linguistics.


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Daniel Montez
Graduate Teaching Associate
danielmontez@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-5819
FAX: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 203
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Katerina Nemcova
Graduate Teaching Associate
knemcova@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-0750
FAX: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 110

Katerina Nemcova is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Communication. She received her B.S. in Communication from University of Texas in Brownsville and her M.A. in Public Relations from Webster University, Missouri. Her research interests focus on health communication, communication and...
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Laura Owen
Senior Academic Advisor
lauraowen@arizona.edu
Office: Harvill 311

Laura Owen has over a decade of experience in higher education and secondary education, including a Master's in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Arizona. She assists the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) in multiple capacities, including serving as the advisor...
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Stacey Passalacqua, Ph.D.
Alumna
Stacey.Passalacqua@utsa.edu

Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio

Stacey Passalacqua (B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. Purdue University; Ph.D. University of Arizona) is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Studies at James...
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Corey Pavlich, Ph.D.
Alumnus
cpavlich@arizona.edu

Social Scientist at U.S. Marine Corps

Corey Pavlich holds a Ph.D. in Communication with sepcializations in interpersonal communication, health, persuasion, and experimental methodology. He has major interests in deceptive communication and the expression, regulation, and...
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Maggie Pitts
Associate Professor & Associate Dean of the Graduate College
mjpitts@arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-0420
FAX: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 222

Maggie Pitts (PhD, Penn State, 2005) is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Associate Dean at the Graduate College at the University of Arizona. She is also Immediate Past President of the International Association of Language and Social Psychology (2018-2020).  Her ...
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Stephen Rains
Professor
srains@arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-3065
FAX: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 319

Steve Rains (M.S., Illinois State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona. He also holds appointments in the Department of Psychology and the Arizona Cancer Center. His research is situated in the general areas of communication...
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Ashwini Rajashekar
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Lindsay Roberts, M.A.
Alumna
laroberts@ucdavis.edu

Ph.D. Student at University of California, Davis


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Erin Ruppel, M.A. & Ph.D.
Alumna
ruppele@uwm.edu

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


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Anthony "Tony" Schmidt, M.A.
Alumnus
aschmidt@yvcc.edu

Communication Faculty, Yakima Valley College

Tony Schmidt (M.A. 2012, University of Arizona) is a Communication faculty member at Yakima Valley College where he teaches a wide range of courses. He’s happy to speak with you about Sports and Political Communication as well...
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Chris Segrin
Professor & Department Head
segrin@arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-1366
FAX: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 220

Chris Segrin (Ph.D. 1990, University of Wisconsin) is a behavioral scientist whose specialty is interpersonal relationships and mental health. His research focuses on social skills, relationship development and satisfaction, and such problems as depression, anxiety, loneliness, and marital...
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Yejin Shin
Graduate Teaching Associate
yshin@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5716
FAX: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 111
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Patricia Sias
Professor
psias@arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-1553
FAX: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 204

Patty Sias received her doctoral degree in Organizational Communication, with a cognate area in Management, from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. Dr. Sias specializes in organizational communication and conducts research on workplace relationships, uncertainty, and leadership. She has...
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Sarah Simpson
Academic Advisor
sarahesimpson@arizona.edu
Office: Communication 115C

I advise for the Communication Major for students whose last names begin with A-L. I graduated from Arizona State University with my B.A. in Communication. I have been working for the University of Arizona for a little over 6 years. During that time I received my Master in Eduction in Human...
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Carolyn Smith Casertano
Professor of Practice (Career Track: Not advising graduate students)
carolynsmith@arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-1267
FAX: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 101

Carolyn Smith Casertano, APR, is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Communication. She received her MA in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University and her BA in Journalism from the University of Arizona.

She is an award-winning communications professional with over...
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Stephanie Smith, Ph.D.
Alumna
stephs11@vt.edu

Assistant Professor at Virgina Tech 


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Sheila Springer, M.A. & Ph.D.
Alumna
s.springer@northeastern.edu

Post-Doctoral Teaching Associate at Northeastern University

Sheila Springer is a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in the department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. Dr. Springer studies communication over the life span, and how stereotypes and media...
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Sarah Staggs, Ph.D.
Alumna
smstaggs@asu.edu

Post-Doctoral Researcher and Data Analyst at Arizona State University

Sarah Staggs received her Doctoral degree in Communication (May, 2017) from University of Arizona. Sarah earned her master’s and undergraduate degrees at the University of Wyoming in the Department of...
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Samantha Stanley, B.A. & M.A.
Alumna
sjstan@umd.edu

ABD Doctoral Candidate at University of Maryland

Samantha Stanley earned her BA and MA in Communication summa cum laude at the University of Arizona. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication Science at the University of Maryland. Her program of research...
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Jennifer Stevens Aubrey
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
jlsa@arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-7077
FAX: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 219

Dr. Jennifer Stevens Aubrey (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2004) teaches classes on media, mass communication theory, and child and adolescent development in the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona. With an emphasis on gender and child/adolescent development, her research...
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Paulina Swiatkowski, Ph.D.
Alumna
Paulina.Swiatkowski@nau.edu

Lecturer and Assistant Director of Operations and Scheduling at Northern Arizona University

Currently, I am a Lecturer and the School of Communication’s Assistant Director of Operations and Scheduling at Northern Arizona University. As a teacher-scholar, I continuously...
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David Tapia
Student Desk Assistant
davidtapia@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-1366
FAX: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 211

David Tapia is a senior studying Political Science as a major and Italian Studies as a minor at the University of Arizona. David Tapia assists faculty, staff, and students with Communication Department inquiries at the front desk, over the telephone, and via email.


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Larissa Terán
Graduate Teaching Associate
larissateran@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-5716
FAX: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 111

Larissa Terán (M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication. Larissa’s research focus is mainly within social and psychological media effects. Topically, Larissa investigates the role of the media in young people’s sexual socialization,...
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Robert Tokunaga, Ph.D.
Alumnus
robert.tokunaga@utsa.edu

Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Robert Tokunaga studies the negative social and psychological implications of communication technology use. His teaching pursuits and research output focus on the unique role of communication technologies in the...
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Eric Tsetsi, Ph.D.
Alumnus
erictsetsi@email.arizona.edu

Eric Tsetsi earned his Ph.D. in Communication at The University of Arizona Department of Communication. His research is focused within the areas of communication and technology, political communication, and media effects. He is particularly interested in the implications of communication...
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Riva Tukachinsky, Ph.D.
Alumna
tukachin@chapman.edu

Associate Professor at Chapman University

Dr. Riva Tukachinsky is an associate professor in the School of Communication at Chapman University. She studies media psychology, namely how individuals choose, comprehend and can ultimately be influenced by media.


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Kyle Tusing
Professor (Career Track: Not advising graduate students) & Director of Undergraduate Studies
kjt@arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-8771
FAX: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 201

Kyle Tusing (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) specializes in social influence and interpersonal communication. He regularly teaches Communication 101, the introductory course to the major. He also has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on public speaking, communication theory,...
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Joshua von Herrmann
Graduate Teaching Assistant
jbvonherrmann@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-5819
FAX: 520-621-5504
Office: Communication 203

Josh is a first year Master's student at University of Arizona. He has previously worked as League Director of the National High School debate league of China in Beijing, and as a debate coach and event coordinator for the University of Alaska Anchorage. Josh plans to pursue a PhD and a career...
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