Communication, Humanities and Languages

Faculty Page

Michelle Dew

  • AA, Communication, Honors Program, Paradise Valley Community College
  • BA, Communication, Arizona State University (Tempe)
  • BA, Film and Media Studies, Arizona State University (Tempe)
  • MA, Communication Studies with an emphasis in Advocacy, Arizona State University (West)

Courses Taught:
  • COM 100 Introduction to Human Communication
  • COM 110 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 230 Small Group Communication
  • COM 225 Public Speaking
  • COM282AA Service-learning Experience in Communication
  • COM298AA Special Projects

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Communication and identity
  • Listening
  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Memorable messages
  • Nonviolent communication
  • Conflict resolution

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC (faculty - spring 2019)
  • PVCC (adjunct faculty - fall 2017-fall 2018)
  • SCC (adjunct faculty - fall 2017-fall 2018)

  • BA Philosophy
  • BA Literature
  • MA Philosophy
  • Ph. D. coursework in Religious Studies
  • Ph. D. Humanities, emphasis Philosophy

Courses Taught:
  • PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Public Philosophy; History of Philosophy; Great Books; Plato, Aristotle, and Nietzsche

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC Residential Faculty since 2014
  • PVCC Public Philosophy Lecture Series
  • Faculty advisor for PVCC Philosophical Society

  • BA Communication Eastern Illinois University
  • MA Communication Ball State University

Courses Taught:
  • COM 100
  • COM 263

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Gender differences and influence on communication

Professional Activities:
  • Committee Member for Maricopa Colleges Global Leadership Retreat
  • Online Studites committee member
  • Instructional Council Communication Representative Member
Felicia Ramirez

  • AA, Communication, Honors Program, Glendale Community College
  • BA, Communication Studies, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University, West
  • MA, Communication Studies, Arizona State University, West
  • EdD, Adult Education, Capella University

Courses Taught:
  • Public Speaking (COM 225)
  • Public Speaking (COM 225) *Honors
  • Introduction to Human Communication (COM 100)
  • Health Communication (COM 207)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Communication strategies to help adults achieve personal, educational, and professional goals.
  • Fair-minded Critical Thinking
  • Critical Theory

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC (Residential Faculty since 2006)

  • A.A. Phoenix College
  • B.A. Arizona State University
  • A.M. Stanford University
  • PhD Arizona State University

Courses Taught:
  • Humanities (HUM) 205, Introduction to Cinema (Spring 2005).
  • Humanities (HUM) 281, Hispanic Values.
  • Spanish Humanities (SPH) 150, Peninsular Spanish Literature in Translation
  • Spanish Humanities, (SPH) 245, Hispanic Heritage of the United States
  • Spanish (SPA) 101, Elementary Spanish I
  • Spanish (SPA) 102, Elementary Spanish II
  • Spanish (SPA) 115, Beginning Spanish Conversation I
  • Spanish (SPA) 116, Beginning Spanish Conversation II
  • Spanish (SPA) 201, Intermediate Spanish I
  • Spanish (SPA) 202, Intermediate Spanish II
  • Spanish (SPA) 226, Intermediate Spanish Conversation II
  • Spanish (SPA) 265, Advanced Spanish I
  • Education (EDU) 225, Concepts of Bilingual Education
  • Education (EDU) 230, Multicultural Values in Education

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Spanish Language, Culture, Literature. Mexican-American Culture, Ethnic Studies, Civil Rights, Jungian Psychology, the Fine and Performing Arts, Philosophy and Religion.

Professional Activities:
  • Dr. Rubí is a dedicated, life-long higher-education professional. He has taught as residential faculty at PVCC since 1996. He has been teaching since 1989 in a variety of positions, including a one-year-only position at Mesa Community College, teaching eight years as adjunct faculty with Rio Salado Community College and Phoenix College, and also working as adjunct faculty. However, he has worked in higher education in different areas since 1979, when he started as a special services tutor for Special Services at Phoenix College. Before working at PVCC, he was the assistant executive director for research and special projects with the State Board of Directors for Community Colleges of Arizona. Besides his position at PVCC, he occasionally teaches as adjunct faculty for Arizona State University, West.
  • He is a product of the Maricopa Community Colleges, having completed his Associate of Arts degree at Phoenix College before continue on to earn his three university degrees, which include a Bachelor of Arts and a PhD from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts from Stanford University, all in the study of Spanish.
  • His interests include scholarly research, international and multicultural educational issues, and civil and human rights. Governor Napolitano appointed him to the Arizona Humanities Council board of directors in March 2004 and again in 2007. He was elected to the AHC board in his own right for a term from 2010 to 2013.
  • Dr. Rubí has taken on a number of leadership roles during his tenure at PVCC. He has served as president-elect of the PVCC Faculty Senate from 2013 to 2014 and as its president from 2014-2015. He is currently serving his third term as chair for both the Maricopa Community Colleges Languages Instructional Council and for the statewide AzTransfer Languages Articulation Task Force. Along with being lead faculty and evening supervisor for the World Languages program at PVCC, he will assume the role of division chair for the Communication, Humanities and Languages Division in January 2018.
Walt Thielen

  • B.A., Speech Communication, University of Northern Iowa
  • M.A., Communication, University of Iowa
  • Ed.D., Higher Education, Nova Southeastern University

Courses Taught:
  • COM 110 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 100 Introduction to Human Communication
  • COM 230 Small Group Communication
  • COM 225 Public Speaking
  • COM 259 Business Communication

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Critical Thinking, Perception, Emotional Intelligence, Conflict, Self-Concept, Nonverbal Communication.

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC, residential faculty 1989 to present
Gary Zaro

  • BA, Theatre, San Jose State University
  • MA, Theatre, San Jose State University
  • MA, History, Arizona State University

Courses Taught:
  • Introduction to Cinema (HUM 205)
  • Women and Film (HUM 209)
  • Contemporary Cinema (HUM 210)
  • Foreign Films: Classics (HUM 211AA)
  • The Films and Career of Alfred Hitchcock (HUM 216)
  • Ideas and Values in the Humanities (HUM 250)
  • Ideas and Values in the Humanities (HUM 251)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Film Aesthetics and History
  • U.S. History
  • Military History
  • World History
  • Theatre

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC (Residential Faculty since 2005; Adjunct Faculty 1996-2005)
  • Rio Salado CC (Adjunct Faculty 1996-2001)
  • Director, The Film Festival at PVCC (1998-Present)
  • Theatre Director (1984-Present)
  • Director, Cinematic Reflections Film Series, Desert Foothills Library (2014-Present)
  • Professional Actor (1983-Present)