Sarah Riforgiate

Associate Professor
 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

Conflict Communication
Communication and Leadership
Communication Internship

Graduate Courses

Communication in Organizations                                                                                                          Proseminar: The Discipline of Communication                                                                              Qualitative Research in Communication                                                                                                      Work/Life Intersections and Communication

Selected Publications

Riforgiate, S., & Madson, A. L. (2022, March). “Who can I trust?”: Mental health organizational assimilation and communication privacy management. Jessica Kahlow (Ed.). Cases on Organizational Communication and Understanding Understudied Groups, 1-25. IGI Global.
Riforgiate, S. E., Gattoni, A., & Kane, S. (2022, March). Graduate Teaching Assistants’ Liminality and Post-COVID Educational Legacy. Michael G. Strawser (Ed.). COVID and Higher Education: Teaching and Learning, 33-50. Lexington Books.
Riforgiate, S., & Tracy, S. J. (2022). Management, organizational communication and emotion. G. L. Schiewer, J. Altarriba & B. C. Ng (Ed.). Handbook on language and emotion. Boston, MA: De Gruyer Mouton.
Riforgiate, S. (2022, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Graduate student socialization: Getting somewhere. Communication Education.
Riforgiate, S. E., Howes, S., & Simmons, M. (2022). The impact of daily emotional labor on health and well-being. Management Communication Quarterly, 36(3), 391-417.
Riforgiate, S. E., & Sepulveda, S. (2021, August). Managing and being managed by emotions. Francois Cooren & Peter Stucheli-Herlach (Ed.). Handbook of Management Communication, 511-528. De Gruyter Mouton.
Riforgiate, S. E., & Kramer, M. W. (2021, May). The Nonprofit Assimilation Process and Work-Life Balance. Horacio Molina- Sánchez, Gabriele Giorgi, Castillo Guajardo and Antonio Ariza-Montes (Ed.). Sustainability, 13(5993), 16.
Riforgiate, S., Gattoni, A., & Kahlow, J. (2021, February). “Shhhhh, I’m working!”: Working from home and struggling to manage relationships. C. Liberman & K. Wright (Ed.). Casing Mediated Communication. Kendall Hunt.
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.