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

Norval, S. E., & Riforgiate, S. (2020, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). "They saved my life!": Exploring alternative communication frameworks for mental health. L. Lippert, R. Hall, A. Miller-Ott & D.C. Davis (Ed.). Health: History, concepts, & perspectives, 81-100. New York, NY: Lexington.
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.
Riforgiate, S., & Carnes, R. (2019). Balancing on a tightrope: Making decisions in dual-career couples. R. S. Bisel & M. W. Kramer (Ed.). Case studies in organizational communication: A life-span approach, 141-146.
Riforgiate, S., & Turner, L. H. (2019). Don’t mention the office: Workplace bullying spillover at home. S. Symons-LeBlanc (Ed.). Going behind closed doors: Case studies in family communication, 209-219.
Riforgiate, S., & Lucio, W. (2019, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Collective communication within LGBT leadership: Sharing the vision. Ohio Communication Journal, 57, 114-130.
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.