Associate ProfessorE-mail: Maxine Gesualdi
Office: Wayne Hall 233
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm; Wednesday, 10:00-11:00am or 12:30-2:30pm on Zoom
Maxine Gesualdi is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Media. She regularly teaches Organizational Communication Theory (COM215), Organizational Communication Consulting (COM304), and Corporate Social Responsibility (COM335). She has also taught Communication Literacy and Inquiry (COM211), Communication Theory (COM219), Intro to Public Relations (COM355), Communication Studies Capstone (COM490), Public Speaking (SPK208), Business and Professional Speech Communication (SPK230), and graduate courses of Theoretical Perspectives on Human Communication (COM501) and Corporate Social Responsibility (COM508).
Bringing over 15 years of professional corporate communications expertise to the classroom, Dr. Gesualdi strives to connect theory with students' everyday experiences. She has served in media relations, employee communications, community relations, executive communications and marketing communications roles for global, national, and regional companies such as Owens Corning, AT&T Wireless, Acme Markets/Albertson's, and Independence Blue Cross. She brings this experience to the classroom to design course content and assignments that help students gain knowledge and skills needed to compete in fast-paced, global industries and to foster sustainable practices as good global citizens.
Dr. Gesualdi completed her doctoral studies in the Media and Communication program at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned her MA in Communication Studies from West Chester University and a BS in Journalism from West Virginia University. Her primary research interests focus on the effects of shared resources on organizational role enactment and professional presentation skills. Her dissertation examined organizational role enactment and role overlap as illustrated by the relationship between corporate communications and marketing professionals. She has published articles in Public Relations Review, Communication Teacher, The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching, and Communication Inquiry, and numerous book chapters including in the edited volumes of Leadership Through the Lens and Digital Presentations.