Sarah Riforgiate

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Internship Director
 Merrill Hall 242


PhD, Communication Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
MA, Communication Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
BA, Speech Communication, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Riforgiate’s research concentrates on the intersections of organizational and interpersonal communication, particularly in regards to public paid work and private life in order to increase understanding and develop practical solutions to improve interactions. Research project topics include communication pertaining to work-life concerns, emotions in organizations, conflict negotiation, organizational leadership, and policy communication.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

Organizational Communication
Conflict Communication
Communication and Leadership
Communication Internship

Graduate Courses

Communication Theory
Work/Life Intersections and Communication
Qualitative Research Methods

Selected Publications

Riforgiate, S. (2019, February). “I know what the article says, but I’m not like that”: Engaging students in research to increase awareness of diversity perceptions. Journal of Communication, Speech and Theatre Association of North Dakota, 31, 43-50.
Ruder, E. M., & Riforgiate, S. (2019, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Organizational socialization of millennial nonprofit workers. M. Z. Ashlock & A. Atay (Ed.). Examining Millennials Reshaping Organizational Cultures, 33-50. New York, NY: Lexington.
Riforgiate, S., Gattoni, A. L., & Kirby, E. L. (2019, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Organizing the organizational communication class: Content and pedagogical recommendations. Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2, 7-11.
Riforgiate, S., & Ruder, E. (2017). Embracing and contesting gender roles: Communication strategies of women in engineering leadership roles. C. M. Cunningham & H. M. Crandall (Ed.). Gender, communication, and the leadership gap, 89-109. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Riforgiate, S., & Komarova, M. (2017). Emotion at work. International encyclopedia of organizational communication, 1-18.
Woo, D., Putnam, L., & Riforgiate, S. (2017). Identity work and tensions in organizational internships: A comparative analysis. Western Journal of Communication, 81, 560-581.
Riforgiate, S. (2016). “Socializing” ideas: Exploring the transformational impact of leadership and conflict practices. P. M. Kellett & T. G. Matyok (Ed.). Transforming conflict through communication in personal, family and working relationships, 293-312. New York, NY: Lexington.