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Alice Fanari

About Alice Fanari

Born and raised in Italy, Alice Fanari (M.A.) moved to the United States five years ago to pursue her higher education and be fully immersed in a diverse, multi-cultural environment. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a French Minor from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (December 2015), she recently graduated Summa cum Laude with her Master of Arts in Communication from the same institution (May 2016). For the past two years, Fanari taught Public Speaking Fundamentals and helped to manage the Speech Center as the Basic Course Room Coordinator at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Because of her language background and international experience, Fanari also served as a global ambassador and guest speaker for Italian and U.S. exchange high school programs to facilitate students' (re)adjustment after studying abroad.

Areas of Study

Drawing from personal experience, my current areas of study include (but are not limited to) two main lines of research. The first focuses on the phenomenon of reverse culture shock and the communication process associated with students' (re)adjustment after studying abroad. The second area of research focuses on the unique experience of International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) in the U.S. classroom, with the goal of identifying communication strategies used to (1) promote individual and collective identity, (2) shape reality, and (3) (re)frame ITAs' narrative under a positive light.

Research Interests

Intercultural Communication, Health Communication, Public Speaking, Instructional Communication, Training and Development.

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Contact Information

Alice Fanari
Graduate Teaching Associate
Telephone: (520) 626-0183
Fax: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 103c
Office Hours: W 12:00-1:30 pm; or by appt. via Zoom


  • Master of Arts in Communication (University of Nebraska at Omaha)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Emphasis on Instructional Training and Development and French Minor (University of Nebraska at Omaha) 

Courses Taught

SPCH 1110 -Fundamentals of Public Speaking

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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