Faculty and Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Theodore Avtgis, Ashland University, Communication Studies, Faculty, Chair, Program Director Master of Arts Health and Risk Communication Dr. Theodore Avtgis
Chair, Professor
333, Center for the Arts
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

Sara Garska Sara Garska
Administrative Assistant
134 Andrews, 120 Center for the Arts, Andrews Hall
Sara Garska joined Ashland University in 2012 as the assistant director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence.  She is currently the administrative assistant to the communication studies, journalism & digital media and history & political science departments and to the Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communiction (MAHRC) program.  She graduated magna cum laude from Ashland University with a Bachelor of... Read More

Dan O'Rourke, Faculty, Department of Communication Studies, Ashland University Dr. Dan O'Rourke
Associate Professor
328, Center for the Arts
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

Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, Ashland University, Communication Studies, Faculty Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Associate Professor
329 , Center for the Arts
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

Pravin Rodrigues Ashland University Communication Studies Intercultural Communication Dr. Pravin Rodrigues
Associate Professor
326, Center for the Arts
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 communication 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

Dariela Rodriguez, Sport Communication, Health Communication, Risk Communication, Ashland University, Communication Studies Dr. Dariela Rodriguez
Assistant Professor
335 , Center for the Arts
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