Communication and Media Studies Department

Russell Kivatisky Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication
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Communication and Media Studies House, 126 Bedford, Portland

Office Hours Spring 2014

By appointment. Please email for an appointment.

Contact Information

Phone: (207)780-5035

Russ Kivatisky was hired in 1974 to design and develop a Bachelor of Arts degree program in Communication.  By 1976, the Board of Trustees had approved the degree program and our first group of majors began their academic journey.  The quality and health of the major have always been of prime importance to Russ. 

He received his B. S. and M. A. degrees from the State University of New York, and his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Primarily, Russ teaches Theories of Organization and Theories of Communication, and, occasionally, teaches Research Methods, Business and Professional Communication, Small Group Communication, and Introduction to Communication.  His most recent publication, "Nurses and Physicians Confronting Gendered Organization" appeared in Untying the Tongue: Gender, Power, and the Word.  His most recent conference paper, "Cultural Paradox and Professional Role: Male Nurses and Female Physicians", was presented at the International Qualitative Health Research Conference in Bournmouth, England.

Over the years, Russ has conducted numerous workshops for national and local organizations including, AT&T, Time Warner, and Hewlett-Packard.

Russ is also involved in cross-cultural exchange programs at USM.  He serves on the East Asian Subcommittee and the International Summer Scholarship Committee.  Russ has taught in Hong Kong and actively supports international events and activities on campus.

Russ enjoys gardening and is an avid boogie boarder.

The Cinema Studies Minor

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The Cinema Studies minor offers students a multidimensional understanding of film as form of art, product of industry, and mode of communication. The program can serve as a base of knowledge for students intending to enter careers in the media, as a foundation for further study, and/or as the opportunity to gain deeper insight into one of the most culturally significant media of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  For more information, contact Matthew Killmeier.

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