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Faculty and Staff

Below you will find a listing of faculty for the Communication Studies Program. If you are unsure of whom to contact with your questions, please call the main office at 509.359.2313.

  • Galina Sinekopova, PhD
    Galina Sinekopova, PhD
    Department Chair
    112 Comm. Bldg.
    Phone: 509.359.2865
    Fax: 509.359.2496
    Research Areas:
    • Scholarship of Civic Engagement
    • Intercultural/International Communication
    • Political Communication
    • Language and Social Interaction
  • Rosie Rodriguez
    Rosie Rodriguez
    Secretary Senior
    108 Comm. Bldg.
    Phone: 509.359.2313
    Fax: 509.359.2496
  • Peter Shields, PhD
    Peter Shields, PhD
    229C Comm. Bldg., Cheney, WA 99004
    Phone: 509.359.4947
    Fax: 509.359.2496
  • Jessica Boyer, MS
    Jessica Boyer, MS
    117 Comm. Bldg.
    Phone: 509.359.4702
    Fax: 509.359.2496

    Jessica Boyer is a proud EWU alum and after spending ten years as a public relations executive in Hollywood has returned to Eastern to teach public relations classes for the Department of Communication Studies.  Jessica grew up in Wasilla, Alaska and came to Eastern as a recipient of the WUE Program (Western Undergraduate Exchange Program).  After graduating with her Communications degree Jessica moved to California where she earned her MA in Public Relations from University of the Pacific.  She then took her dream job doing television and film publicity in Hollywood managing PR campaigns for clients like the legendary Kirk Douglas "Spartacus," Lassie and the Food Network.  Most recently Jessica served as the Director of Communications at Oprah Winfrey's cable network-OWN where she was responsible for promoting documentaries and TV series for the company.  Jessica's research interests includes how public relations and entertainment can be used to promote social change, crisis communications and employee engagement.

  • Patricia Chantrill, PhD
    Patricia Chantrill, PhD
    Associate Professor
    205 Comm. Bldg.
    Phone: 509.359.4236
    Fax: 509.359.2496
    Teaching Areas:
    • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
    • Cultural Studies
    • Political Communication
    • Electoral Campaigns
    • Public Discourse and Public Relations
    Research Areas:

    Political Advocacy, Higher Education Policy and Planning, Board Governance (emphasis on public and not-for-profit organizations), Crisis Communication

  • Igor Klyukanov, PhD
    Igor Klyukanov, PhD
    209 Comm. Bldg.
    Phone: 509.359.2863
    Fax: 509.359.2496
    Research Areas:
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Theory
    • Semiotics
    • Linguistics
  • Susan Stearns, PhD
    Susan Stearns, PhD
    113 Comm. Bldg.
    Phone: 509.359.2864
    Fax: 509.359.2496
    Research Areas:
    • Research Methods and Design
    • Instructional Communication
    • Academic Integrity
  • Heather Robinson, MS
    Heather Robinson, MS
    Senior Lecturer
    111 Comm. Bldg.
    Phone: 509.359.2883
    Fax: 509.359.2496
  • Steve Stewart, MS
    Steve Stewart, MS
    Senior Lecturer
    229D Comm. Bldg.
    Phone: 509.359.6377
    Fax: 509.359.2496
  • Jeffery Stafford, PhD
    Jeffery Stafford, PhD
    Professor: Organizational Communication & LeadershipCo-Coordinator: Communication and PR InternshipsDirector: Leadership Certificate
    117 Comm. Bldg., Cheney, WA 99004
    Phone: 509.359.7929
    Fax: 509.359.2496

    Research Areas:

    • Organizational Communication
    • Leadership Development
    • Project Management
    • Strategic Planning
    • Research Methodologies

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