Dina Gavrilos portrait

Dina Gavrilos

Assistant Professor
Degree
B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A., University of Kentucky
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Office
OEC 119C
Phone
(651) 962-5269
Mail
Mail 4090
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Professional experience:

Before joining academia, Professor Gavrilos worked as a communications professional for more than five years, primarily in Chicago-based public relations firms. 

Scholarship and service:

As a first-generation American, Professor Gavrilos has always been intrigued by the question of what it means to be “American.”  Her research problematizes cultural understandings of national identity that arise through popular representations of privileged and marginalized racial/ethnic identities (as well as inter-related identities of class, gender and sexuality).  Writing and presenting on this topic since 2000, Professor Gavrilos’ goal is to bring attention, both inside and outside the classroom, to the devastating social injustices and diminished life opportunities inflicted on those deemed outside the norm in U.S. culture.

At UST:
Professor Gavrilos joined UST in 2006. 

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 111 - 04 Intro to COJO-I M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 303
CRN: 42411 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Dina Gavrilos This is the first of a two-course sequence that introduces students to essential skills of the communication and journalism discipline. Students will develop skills to communicate thoughtfully, professionally and ethically with a variety of public audiences. Essential writing and public speaking skills are paired so that students master a writing style and then convert that writing to an oral presentation, or vice versa. Students learn how to appropriately and effectively speak and write to academic, professional and citizen audiences. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this course and COJO 112 before taking any 300- or 400-level COJO courses. -- --

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COJO 328 - 01 Comm of Race, Class & Gender - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 113
CRN: 40789 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Dina Gavrilos This course focuses on theories and research of the historical and contemporary correlation between gender, race, class, and communicative practices, including rhetorical practice and mass communication content. It includes the influence of gender and racial stereotypes on public speech and debate, political campaigns and communication, organizational leadership, news coverage and advertising. Topics include: gendered perceptions of credibility; who is allowed to communicate and who is silenced due to class and racial privilege; and the impact of gender, race and class stereotypes about human nature, expertise, and abilities on individuals and groups that want to participate in public culture and communication. Students analyze and evaluate their own communicative styles in light of course readings and activities. This course fulfills a requirement in American Culture and Difference, Justice and Peace Studies, Women┬┐s Studies, and the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: COJO 211, or 212, or 213 or junior standing

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COJO 430 - 01 Society, Culture and the Media - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 BEC 113
CRN: 42415 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Dina Gavrilos Society, Culture and the Media examines the role media play in social and cultural formations. The course looks beyond the media as transmitters of information to their broadest social and cultural effects. Students study media as agents of enlightened social modernism, as political and economic institutions, as purveyors of popular culture, and as aspects of cultural and sub-cultural rituals. History, political economy, critical studies, cultural anthropology, semiotics and sociology are among the areas from which approaches for studying the media are considered in the course. Prerequisite: COJO 211, 212 or 213, or permission of instructor

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J-Term 2015 Courses

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Spring 2015 Courses

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