Communication and Media Studies Department

Julie Zink Ph.D.

Part-Time Associate Professor
Julie Zink, photo by Patrick Higgins

Office Location

119 Payson Smith, Portland campus



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Instructional Design and Development specializing in Designing Speech and Communication Instruction, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
  • M.A., Theatre, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
  • B.A.E., Education, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi


Julie has been a faculty member in the Communication Department at USM since 2001. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education where she double majored in Speech Communication and Social Studies. After teaching Speech, Drama, and Debate at Forrest City High School in Arkansas for 3 years, Julie left her teaching position to pursue her Master's Degree. In 1988, she completed her Master’s Degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing at the University of South Carolina. While at USC, Julie worked as Associate Director of Forensics where she traveled extensively with the USC debate team.

In 1999, she completed her Doctorate Degree in Instructional Design and Development at the University of South Alabama. Julie’s dissertation focused on Speech Mapping and Outlining Effects on Speech Performance and Anxiety with Undergraduates

From 1988 to 2001, Julie taught at the University of Mobile, Spring Hill College, and the University of South Alabama. In 1994, she was hired full-time at the University of Mobile as Chair of the Speech Dept. and Director of Forensic Activities. In 2001, she left the Univ. of Mobile as an Associate Professor and moved to Maine with her family.

Julie teaches many courses, including Introduction to Communication, Interpersonal Communication Skills, Small Group Communication and Intercultural Communication.

Areas of Expertise

Public Speaking

Small Group Communication

Organizational Communication

Interpersonal Communication