Faculty

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Theodore Avtgis
Chair, Professor
333, Center for the Arts
419.289.5593
tavtgis@ashland.edu
Dr. Theodore A. Avtgis is a professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies. Professor Avtgis’ research includes organizational communication, medical communication, risk and crisis communication and aggressive communication. He received his Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1999 and has served on the faculty of St. John’s University, West Virginia University and University of Akron. Dr. Avtgis... Read More

Dr. Kimberly Field-Springer
Assistant Professor
331, Center for the Arts
419.289.5136
kfieldsp@ashland.edu
Dr. Kimberly Field-Springer is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She graduated with her Ph.D. in 2013 from the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University with an emphasis on health communication and received a secondary certificate in women’s and gender studies. Prior to continuing her education at Ohio University, Dr. Field-Springer worked as a public relations and marketing... Read More

Dr. Dan O'Rourke
Associate Professor
328, Center for the Arts
419.289.5141
dorourke@ashland.edu
Dan O'Rourke is an associate professor who joined the Ashland University faculty in 1994. His research interests include the rhetoric of popular culture and the rhetoric of sport. In 2003, Dr. O’Rourke co-edited “Case Studies in Sport Communication” with Dr. Robert Brown. He has also written on subjects as diverse as "Spider-Man," “Theodore Roosevelt" and "Irony after 9/11." His primary teaching areas include:... Read More

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Associate Professor
329 , Center for the Arts
419.289.5143
drandall@ashland.edu
Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, associate professor of speech in the department of communication studies, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1994. Her areas of expertise include interpersonal communication, conversational analysis, family communication, performance studies and storytelling. She works with the Ashland Chautauqua as a member of the planning committee and as a writer/director of local history... Read More

Dr. Pravin Rodrigues
Associate Professor
326, Center for the Arts
419.289.5733
prodrigu@ashland.edu
Dr. Rodgrigues began his graduate studies in the U.S in 1991. He received a M.A. in mass communication and a Ph. D. in interpersonal and public vommunication from Bowling Green State University. His research and writing focuses on intercultural communication, rhetoric, popular culture and Asian-Indian identity. Five years working in the advertising industry in India convinced Dr. Rodrigues that there was much to... Read More

Dr. Dariela Rodriguez
Assistant Professor
335 , Center for the Arts
419.289.5748
drodrig2@ashland.edu
Dr. Dariela Rodriguez is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies with a specialization in sport communication. Dr. Rodriguez received both her bachelor of arts degree in communication and public relations and her master of arts degree in communication from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She recently was awarded the Ph.D. in communication from the University of Oklahoma. She joined... Read More