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Southern Oregon University

Professor of Communication

Office: Britt 244
Phone: (541) 552-6673

In addition to her current service as program chair for the Department of Communication, 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 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 StudiesChristian 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.



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


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