Rita L. Rahoi-Gilchrest holds a PhD from Ohio University. She is a professor of communication studies and director of the General Education Program at Winona State University. Rita held an appointment for a year as a visiting senior lecturer in marketing and codirector of internships at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
She also works as a communication and marketing consultant for businesses and school districts in the upper Midwest. Her work has appeared in the International Journal of Communication, the Howard Journal of Communication, and Communication Quarterly as well as in numerous regional and state journals.
Rita has contributed book chapters to several publications on topics ranging from New Zealand’s Maori TV and cultural transcendence through pro-social soap operas to the impact of living and learning communities on first-generation college students. Her passion is undergraduate teaching, particularly in rhetoric, communication theory, and organizational communication, and her research interests are too widely varied to easily categorize. She is delighted and humbled to be in the company of the feminist communication scholars in this book.