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Department of Communication & Languages Faculty

Our faculty seek to make a difference professionally, academically, and spiritually in the lives of our students. Our professors have a broad range of experience and backgrounds. Their primary motivation is to be in the classroom with their students or in a lab working on real-world projects. Students are encouraged to visit professors in their offices or even contact them at home. Faculty members are ready to be friends and mentors and to build relationships that students will value for a lifetime.

See what degrees you can earn when you learn from these professors.


Linda Potter Crumley, Ph.D

Department Chair

(509) 527-2520

linda.crumley@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • Ph.D University of Texas; Communication Studies

Experience

  • Southern Adventist University, School of Journalism and Communication

Research/Interests

  • Marriage
  • Communication in conflict situations

Alma Alfaro, Ph.D

Spanish

(509) 527-2262

alma.alfaro@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • Ph.D Hispanic Languages & Literature- UC Santa Barbara, 2004
  • MA Spanish & Latin-American Literature- UC Santa Barbara, 2000
  • BA Spanish & Latin-American Literature- Occidental College, 1998
  • BA English & Comparative Literary Studies- Occidental College, 1998

Experience

  • WWU Languages Faculty, 2004-present
  • University of California Santa Barbara, Instructor of Spanish, 1998-2004

Research/Interests

  • Literature
  • Culture & Gender studies
  • Latinos in the U.S.

Brigitte Davis

German/Speech

(509) 527-2011

brigitte.davis@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • MS Speech-Language Pathology -University of Washington, 1990
  • BS Speech-Language Pathology -Walla Walla College, 1983

Experience

  • WWU Communication and Languages Instructor, 1993-present
  • Communication Disorders Specialist, Walla Walla Public School District, 1990-1993
  • Blue Mountain Community College German Instructor, 1986-1990

Lynelle Ellis, Ph.D

Center for Cinema, Religion, and Worldview

(509) 527-2843

lynelle.ellis@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • PhD (abd) Communication -Regent University, 2015
  • MA Communication in Ministry- Spring Arbor University, 2009
  • BA Communication- Walla Walla College, 1990

Experience

  • WWU Communication Faculty, 2015-present
  • Assistant Professor, Journalism and Communication, Southern Adventist University 2009-2015
  • Adjunct Professor, Communication Department, Walla Walla University 2007-2009
  • Station Manager, Blue Mountain Television, College Place, WA 1990-1997, 1999-2005

Jean-Paul Grimaud

French, Global Communication

(509) 527-2261

jean-paul.grimaud@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • Doctoral Studies in French and Critical Theory, University of Washington, 2000
  • Maîtrise en Didactique de Langue Francaise -University of Grenoble, France, 1997
  • Licence en Théologie, University of Strasbourg, France, 1995

Career History

  • WWU Languages Faculty, 2006-present

Jerry Hartman

Film, TV and Media

(509) 527-2300

jerry.hartman@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • MFA Digital Cinema -National University, 2008

  • BA Mass Communication -Walla Walla College, 1998

Experience

  • WWU Communication Faculty, 2007-present

  • Peace Corps Volunteer, 2 years

  • WWC Director of Recruiting, 2 years

  • Production Manager

  • Blue Mountain Television

Other

Special Awards/Recognitions

  •  "Indigenous Suriname" a community directed documentary was a collaboration project between Eclectic Reel (a company owned by my wife and I) and the Organization of Indigenous People's in Suriname (OIS) helped OIS win $10,000 from the United Nations Caribbean Population Awards.


Nancy Semotiuk, Ph.D

Strategic Communication

(509) 527-2843

nancy.semotiuk@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • MA Journalism -Norwich University, 1992
  • BA Mass Communication -Walla Walla College, 1979

Experience

  • Walla Walla University Communications Faculty, 1997-present
  • Communications Department Chair, 2004-2012
  • Marketing Coordinator, Dept. of Printing Services, Univ. of Alberta, 7 years

Other

Special Awards/Recognitions

  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1996
  • Numerous publications among regional and national magazines

Deborah Silva, Ph.D

Speech

(509) 527-2485

deborah.silva@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • PhD Interdisciplinary: Organizational Communication, Business Management, Social-Psychology -Washington State University, 2002
  • MA Organizational Communication -Washington State University, 1998
  • BA Speech Communication -Walla Walla College, 1996

Experience

  • WWU Communication Faculty, 1999-present
  • Interviewer for Valley Viewpoint, Blue Mountain TV
  • PR Director & Announcer at Positive Life Radio

Other

Special Awards/Recognitions

  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2004-2007
  • Academic Advising Award 2014
  • NACADA Outstanding Faculty Advisor 2016

Last update on July 11, 2019