Communication and Media Studies Department

Russell Kivatisky Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication
Russell  Kivatisky Ph.D.


Communication and Media Studies House, 126 Bedford, Portland

Office Hours Fall 2016

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.

Ralph Blumenthal Talk

Ralph BlumenthalProfessors Matthew Killmeier and Jerry LaSala were recently awarded a Maine Humanities Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative Project Grant with matching funds from USM Provost Uzzi’s office.  The funds were used to bring Ralph Blumenthal, former New York Times investigative reporter to campus for a lecture and student workshop. Blumenthal and team won a Pulitzer for reporting on the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, which was the subject of his talk on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pulitzer-winner Ralph Blumenthal's recent talk at USM is now available as an audio file. Blumethal's talk was sponsored by a Maine Humanities Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative Project Grant awarded to Professors Matthew Killmeier and Jerry LaSala.


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