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Tamutswa Mahari
Graduate Teaching Associate
Office: 203
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Jeannette Maré
Graduate Teaching Associate
Office: Communication 115A

Jeannette Maré founded the nonprofit Ben's Bells 19 years ago after the sudden death of her young son. She combined her knowledge of linguistics (BA, University of Arizona, MA, Gallaudet University) with her passion for teaching kind communication skills in her community-building mission. Years...
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Christopher McKinley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor at Montclair State University

Dr. Christopher McKinley specializes in health communication and media effects. His research explores the role of narrative persuasion on health decision-making as well as factors motivating online health information...
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Melissa McNelis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Melissa (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor with experience in teaching both traditional and online courses in a variety of introductory, specialty, and required courses at multiple levels. She applies...
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Paulina Medina
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Daniel Montez
Graduate Teaching Associate
Office: Communication 203

Daniel Montez is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication. He received his B.A. in Communication from Arizona State University and M.A. in Mass Communication from Brigham Young University. His research interests focuses on political communication, including candidates' use of...
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Katerina Nemcova
Graduate Teaching Associate

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
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.

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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Maya Lynn Patterson
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Corey Pavlich, Ph.D.

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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Margaret J. Pitts
Associate Professor & Associate Dean of the Graduate College
TEL: (520) 621-0420
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 (2018-2022).  Her ...
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Steve Rains
TEL: (520) 626-3065
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. His research is situated in the areas of health communication, social influence, and communication and technology. He is interested in better...
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Ashwini Rajashekar
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Lindsay Roberts, M.A.

Ph.D. Student at University of California, Davis

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Levi Ross
Masters Student
Office: 203

Levi is a Master of Arts student from San Antonio, Texas, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Trinity University. His research interests are generally computer-mediated communication and interpersonal, such as relational initiation and reconnection online. Levi...
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Erin Ruppel, M.A. & Ph.D.

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

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Cecilia Sada Garibay
Graduate Teaching Associate
Office: Communication 115C

Before starting my Ph.D. program, I was a full-time professor and researcher at the School of Communication at the Universidad Panamericana (UP) in Mexico City. I pursued my bachelor's studies in Communication at the UP and my master's degree in Marriage and Family at the Universidad de Navarra...
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Mamoru Sakura
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Office: Communication 115C

Mamoru Sakura is an MA student in the Department of Communication. Prior to enrolling in the University of Arizona, he has been pursuing studies in the areas of linguistics and communication studies at his home university in Japan. Since communication studies is not a major established field in...
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Anthony "Tony" Schmidt, M.A.

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
TEL: (520) 621-1366
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

Assistant Professor at Northeastern Illinois University

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Patricia Sias
Professor Emeritus

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
Office: Communication 103B

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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Cody Sinks
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Carolyn Smith Casertano
Professor of Practice (Career Track: Not advising graduate students) PRSSA Faculty Adviser
TEL: (520) 626-1267
Office: Communication 101

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

Assistant Professor at Virgina Tech 

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Sheila Springer, M.A. & Ph.D.

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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Ioana Squires
Administrative Associate
TEL: 520-621-2726
Office: 211
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Sarah Staggs, Ph.D.

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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