Communication and Media Studies Department

Russell Kivatisky Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication
Russell Kivatisky, PhD

Office Location

119B Payson Smith Hall, Portland

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2020

By appointment. Please email for an appointment.



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Communication Theory, Bowling Green State University
  • M.A., Speech Communication, SUNY
  • B.A., Education and Theater, SUNY


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.

Areas of Expertise

Business & Professional Communication

Group Dynamics

Organizational Behavior.

Areas of Scholarship

Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age
Community-Engaged Learning