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Gonzaga’s foundational Jesuit ethos, paired with faculty who have a PhD in the field of Communication & Leadership or have an M.A. degree and have achieved eminence as a practitioner of communication, prepare students to communicate more effectively, improve interpersonal relationships and grow leadership skills to better serve their organizations. Our caring faculty will shape and guide you to your very best – professionally and personally.

COML Vision Statement:

Prepare effective, ethical communicators who integrate critical thinking for positive local and global change.

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John Caputo, PhD
Walter S.J. Ong Scholar

Dr. John Caputo is Professor in the Master’s Program in Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University and the Walter Ong S.J. Scholar. He founded the MA Program in 2004.  Dr. Caputo earned his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School and University Center. He has been teaching communication courses for more than 30 years and has appeared on radio and television news and discussion programs. His areas of expertise include communication theory, intercultural and interpersonal communication, and media and social values. He is the author of seven books: Effective Communication Handbook; Communicating Effectively: Linking Thought with Expression; Dimensions of Communication; Interpersonal Communication: Competency Through Critical Reasoning, which was co- authored with Bud Hazel and Colleen McMahon; Public Speaking Handbook: A Liberal Arts Perspective with Bud Hazel; McDonaldization Revisited: Critical Essays on Consumer Culture which he co-edited with Mark Alfino and Robin Wynyard for Praeger Press and his newest book, Effective Communication. John Caputo has written more than 25 articles in professional journals, been honored as a Visiting Scholar In-Residence at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England. Dr. Caputo Directs the Gonzaga-in-Cagli Project, a cultural immersion multi-media program in Italy each summer. He has been honored with Master Teacher Awards by the Western States Communication Association and the University of Texas at Austin and has received an Exemplary Faculty Award from Gonzaga University.

Spring 2015 Faculty and Staff Portraits

Carolyn Cunningham, PhD
Associate Professor
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Dr. Cunningham completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Radio-Television-Film where she also earned a doctoral certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research areas include media and technological literacy, social media, the digital divide, nonprofit communication, youth studies, and qualitative research. She is the editor of Social Networking and Impression Management: Self-Presentation in the Digital Age (Lexington Books, 2012). Her work has been published in New Media & Society, Journal of Children and Media, as well as several book chapters. She teaches classes in communication theory, social dynamics of communication technology, communication teaching and pedagogy, and public speaking. She is a board member of the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media,

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Michael Hazel, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair

Dr. Michael Hazel is an associate professor and chair of Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University and has been teaching for the COML program since 2004.  Dr. Hazel earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from Washington State University and also taught at Immaculate Heart College in Kagoshima, Japan for five years. His areas of focus include communication apprehension, organizational communication, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is the author or co-author of eleven peer reviewed publications, including works published in Communication Education and Communication Research Reports, and has earned two top four competitive paper awards from the Communication Apprehension Division of the National Communication Association.  Dr. Hazel has also been honored with nine teaching related awards, the most recent being an Exemplary Faculty Award from Gonzaga University. He has served as President of the Northwest Communication Association and currently serves on the Board of Regents at Gonzaga University. He teaches courses in organizational communication, research methods, thesis writing, and the on campus practicum course.

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Pavel Shlossberg, PhD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Pavel Shlossberg is a co-developer of the global leadership concentration. His intercultural work examines how leaders and communicators might effectively understand and navigate local and global barriers to equity and inclusion, in order to build inclusive teams, institutions, and communities that support human thriving and the achievement of common goals. Professor Shlossberg completed his Ph.D. in the Doctoral Communications program at Columbia University in New York City and is the author of Crafting Identity. Prior to his appointment at Gonzaga, he had been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Mexico and a lecturer at the University of Virginia.

Adjunct Faculty

Joe Ayres
Giovanni Caputo
Denise Casey
Andy Ciofalo
Cher Desautel
David Givens
Sara Johnston
Robert Leonard
Kris Morehouse
Kipp Preble
Jeffrey Stafford
Paul Mark Wadleigh

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