The Department of Communication's undergraduate and graduate academic programs embrace a common mission: to fortify the intellectual and social skills necessary for effective human communication. The focus is on oral, written, and mediated communication skills that are essential in both professional and personal lives.


Department Faculty

Adjunct Professors

  • Walter Franco
  • Mary Ann Gallo
  • Lisa Hunter-Mason
  • Michael Montecalvo
  • Dana Nolfe
  • Adam Olenn
  • Leslie Saylor
Lyons, Mary

Mary Phoebe Lyons

Professor, Communication
Faculty Suite C, Room 214
Ph D, University of Rhode Island
MA, University of Rhode Island
BS, Simmons College

Writing in a variety of contexts - creative, business, digital media, writing workshops for freshmen, Also new media (including video), nonfiction literary studies, image of business in literature and film.

Writing, Business Communications, Videomediated Communication, social media, social media ethics

  • Association for Business Communication
  • Association of Departments of English
  • International Association of Business Communicators
  • Modern Language Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • New England Association of Teachers of English
  • Rhode Island Association of Interactive Communications
  • Rhode Island Council of Teachers of English
  • Textbook Authors Association