University of Portland
Contact: John Furey, Joe Kuffner

UP professor to present “Which teacher communication abilities matter most?” Wednesday Sept. 26

University of Portland communications studies professor Jeff Kerssen-Griep will speak at noon Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Buckley Center Room 314 on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. Kerssen-Griep will be presenting “Which teacher communication abilities matter most?” as part of the Communication Studies Department’s Fall Colloquium Series.

Kerssen-Griep’s research examines skilled cross-cultural contact and how key interpersonal aptitudes sustain effective teaching-learning relationships. Kerssen-Griep is department chair of the communication studies program and teaches courses in communication theory as well as interpersonal, small group, intercultural, and barrier-crossing communication.  

The lecture is sponsored by the Communication Studies Department. For more information, please contact C. Vail Fletcher at

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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