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Southern Oregon University

 

Associate Professor
Communication Studies

Office: Britt Hall 256
Phone: (541) 552-6673
Email: Alena.Ruggerio@sou.edu

Education

Ph.D., Communication and Culture, 2004
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

MA, Interpersonal Communication, 1997
Ohio University, Athens, OH

BSC, Honors Tutorial College, 1996
Ohio University, Athens, OH

Teaching

COMM 210 Public Speaking
COMM 300 Research Strategies 
COMM 310 Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 342 Persuasion
COMM 343 Argumentation, Debate, and Critical Thinking
COMM 409 Human Communication Practicum
COMM 410 Human Communication Capstone
COMM 412 Evaluation of Public Communication
COMM 460A Women Transforming Language

Online Resources

alenaruggerio.com

Bio

Dr. Alena Amato Ruggerio teaches and writes about the study of rhetoric, the way humans create and share meaning through the exchange of symbols. Her research interests lie at the crossroads where rhetoric, religion and feminism meet. She has received the AHA International Outstanding Faculty of the Year award and the Frances A. Lieber Associate Instructor Award for teaching. A lifetime member of the National Communication Association, she serves as an officer in the Feminism and Women’s Studies Division. At Southern Oregon University, she has served as the Interim Chair of the Department of Communication, the Interim Coordinator of Women’s Studies, and as an officer on the Advisory Council of Faculty Senate. She is the editor of Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers (Lexington Books), a contributor to the I Speak for Myself series (White Cloud Press) and the Encylopedia of Christianity (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishers), and the author of articles in Feminist Media Studies, Christian Century, and The Other Side. She is involved in EEWC, an organization of Christian feminists, serving on the Council over the years as Coordinator, Secretary, and Representative, and working as a guest editor and assistant to the editor of the magazine Christian Feminism Today. In her spare time, Alena enjoys taking road trips with her husband Bradley, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, and polishing her collection of rhinestone tiaras.