Schifino, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication
Department at Carlow University. Dr.
Schifino’s specialty area is communication in the public sphere, and she
regularly teaches courses such as Communication and Social Movements and
Political Communication. She has a
particular scholarship and teaching interest in examining rhetorical appeals in
the struggle for social justice.
As a result
of her interest in social justice, in 2010, Dr. Schifino created a course
focusing on the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s that encouraged
students to examine this historic moment by analyzing the speeches, songs,
essays, and mass media coverage that propelled the movement. During the summers of 2010, 2012, and 2016 Dr
Schifino offered the Roots of the Civil Rights Movement course and accompanied Carlow
students on a nine- day bus tour through the south to meet the foot soldiers
and visit the places that gave birth to the movement.
Schifino’s teaching and research interests are in the area of political
communication, communication and social movements, and the rhetoric of the
civil rights movement.