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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.
  • Jeffrey Stafford, PhD
    Jeffrey Stafford, PhD
    Professor/Chair of the Department of Communication
    109 Comm. Bldg., Cheney, WA 99004
    Phone: 509.359.7929
    Fax: 509.359.6732
    Research Areas:
    • Organizational Communication
    • Leadership Development
    • Project Management
    • Strategic Planning
    • Research Methodologies
  • Rosie Rodriguez
    Rosie Rodriguez
    Secretary Senior
    108 Comm. Bldg.
    Phone: 509.359.2313
    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

  • Elizabeth Kissling, PhD
    Elizabeth Kissling, PhD
    Professor of Communication Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies
    207 Comm. Bldg., 207 Monroe Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2875 (Comm.), 509.359.2844 (Monroe)
    Fax: 509.359.2496
    Research Areas:
    • Feminist Cultural Studies including Media Representation of Women's Health and Sexuality
    • Instructional Technology
    • Free Speech Issues
    • Web Design
    • 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
    • Gary Krug, PhD
      Gary Krug, PhD
      206 Comm. Bldg.
      Phone: 509.359.2870
      Fax: 509.359.2496
      Research Areas:
      • International Communication
      • Media Consequences and Effects
      • Popular Culture
      • Political Communication
    • Galina Sinekopova, PhD
      Galina Sinekopova, PhD
      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
    • Peter Shields, PhD
      Peter Shields, PhD
      Professor of Communication and Director of the MSC Graduate Program
      229C Comm. Bldg.
      Phone: 509.359.4947
      Fax: 509.359.2496
      Research Areas:
      • Communication Policy and Regulation
      • Political Economy of Information-Communication Technologies
      • Electronic Surveillance
      • Global Media
    • 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
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