Faculty | B.A. in Communication Studies

Joy Qualls

  • Chair, Department of Communication Studies
  • Associate Professor, Communication Studies

  • Ph.D., Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • M.A., Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • B.A., Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, California

Joy Qualls, associate professor of communication studies, is pleased to be joining the communication studies department as chair and associate professor. Qualls is an alumna of Vanguard University and Regent University, where she earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate, respectively in communication studies, with research emphases in religious and political rhetoric. Most recently Joy...

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Public Relations and Communication

The Articulate Person I, II, & III

Communication Ethics

Gender Communication

Rhetoric: Effective Communication

Frameworks Interdisciplinary Core: Order & Disorder

Argumentation and Debate

Public Speaking & Rhetoric

Political Communication

Timothy Muehlhoff

  • Author, Speaker and Research Consultant
  • Professor of Communication Studies

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Eastern Michigan University

While teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tim Muehlhoff received his department's highest award for teaching and has been recognized by the International Communication Association for outstanding teaching. In his M.A. thesis, Muehlhoff developed a method of encouraging civil dialogue and perspective-taking between groups who perceive themselves as morally opposed with...

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Research Interests

  • Interpersonal communication
  • persuasion
  • cultural analysis
  • rhetoric
  • hate speech
  • social justice
  • marital communication
  • gender

Arianna Molloy

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

  • Ph.D., University of Denver
  • M.A., University of Portland
  • B.A., Seattle Pacific University

Arianna Molloy is an assistant professor in the communication studies department at Biola University, where she teaches courses in: Organizational Communication, Research Methods, Nonverbal Communication, Small Group Communication and Communication and Calling. Her love for teaching is reflected in a variety of outstanding achievement awards, such as the Provost Award for “Excellence in...

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Dorothy Alston Calley

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

  • Ph.D., Loughborough University (2019)
  • M.A., School for International Training
  • B.A., Biola University

Dorothy Alston Calley serves at Biola as an assistant professor of communication studies. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, has a masters degree in social justice in intercultural relations from the School for International Training and a B.A. in communication studies from Biola University. Professor Calley has served as an AmeriCorps member...

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Communication and Diversity, Interpersonal Communication, Oral Interpretation, Introduction to Public Communication, First Year Seminar

Research Interests

  • Birth Communication
  • Third Culture Learners
  • Gender
  • Diversity

Zachary Bortot

  • Assistant Professor of Theatre

  • M.F.A., Regent University
  • B.F.A., University of Nevada, Reno

Prior to his work at Biola, Zachary Bortot served as the director of development for the Chicago based non-profit Christian theatre company, Honest Theatre. During this time he also studied improvisational comedy at the legendary iO theatre. In his career, he has spent years working as an actor, director, writer, fight director and instructor in a variety of locales and venues in the United...

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Presently teaching: Production Practicum I, Theatre Appreciation, Voice and Speech for the Actor, Theatrical Makeup, Theatre Topics: Improvisation, Beginning Acting, Intermediate Acting, Production Practicum II, Playwriting for Performance, Communication Practicum, Advanced Acting: Shakespeare and the Business of Acting, Communication Seminar: Stage Combat, Movement for the Actor and Directed Research.

Research Interests

  • Theatre of Cruelty
  • Immersive Theater
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality in Performance
  • Faith Integration in the Performing Arts

Kate Brandon

  • Associate Professor of Theatre

  • Ph.D. Wayne State University
  • M.A., Purdue University
  • B.A., Biola University

Kate Brandon is a full-time associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre at Biola University. She takes a hands-on approach to teaching through devoted interaction and mentorship of her students. At Biola, she has taught and continues to teach a wide range of classes from Dramatic Theory to Directing for Theatre. Professionally, Brandon seeks growth through...

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Presently teaching: Dramatic Theory, Directing for Theatre, Theatre Appreciation, Drama for Christian Ministry and Production Practicum.

Past courses taught include: Dramatic Design and Criticism, Interpersonal Communication, Stagecraft, Reader's Theater, First Year Seminar

Research Interests

  • Play Analysis
  • Advanced Theatre Directing
  • The Intersection of Christianity and Theatre
  • Sociodrama

Daniel Elliott

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
  • Director of Forensics

  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.A., Biola University

Daniel began his preaching in Christian ministry at the age of 15. He worked as a summer missionary for Child Evangelism Fellowship sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with children in the greater Whittier area. His passion for evangelism led him to study at Biola University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in Bible in 1998. After college, he became a teacher...

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Bryan Moe

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
  • Rhetoric, Food, and Social Movements

  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2015
  • M.A., California State University of Fullerton, 2009
  • B.A., University of Hawaii, 2007

Bryan Moe, assistant professor of communication studies, grew up in Southern California but spent seven of the last 10 years living and traveling in the American South and Pacific Islands. These journeys inform his academic interest in the communication practices of diverse cultures and in particular the rhetorical qualities of their food and foodways. Currently he is finishing his...

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