DepartmentDepartment of Communication Studies
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



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


Arianna Molloy is an associate 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 Teaching,” naming her the best teacher in 2014 at Biola University (voted on by her fellow faculty members), and the “Faculty Excellence” award (voted by the fall 2014 graduating class). She has also recently taken on a new role a pedagogy development consultant, piloting projects that support faculty communication development.

Arianna’s research focus is in communication about meaningful work and work as a calling (involving factors that impact motivation, sustained loyalty and satisfaction, as well as significant costs such as burnout). She is published in premier journals such as the International Journal of Business Communication and Communication Studies. In addition to being an active speaker in academic settings, Arianna works as a consultant for non-profit organizations, and a speech coach for business professionals and ministries. Arianna is originally from Seattle, Washington and is happily married to Allen Yeh, a professor of Intercultural Studies at Biola. Arianna and Allen have a little boy, Asher, who is the delight of their lives.


  • National Communication Association (2019)
  • Western States Communication (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Rocky Mountain Communication Association (2011)
  • Northwest Communication Association (2006, 2007)


  • "Best paper", Work Calling and Humility: Framing for Job Idolization, Workaholism, and Burnout — 2019
    • Honored by Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion
  • Provost award for Excellence in Teaching — 2014
    • Biola University, CA
    • Highest faculty-initiated award in the University; honored as the best teacher in the University by peers on the faculty, and particularly the University Personnel Committee and Provost.
  • AHSS 4th Year Doctoral Fellowship, University of Denver, CO — 2011–2012
    • Awarded by Communication Studies Faculty
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Instructor Award — 2011
    • Nominated by Communication Studies Faculty,
    • Awarded by Rocky Mountain Association
  • Foundational Member, The Legacy Institute, Kenmore, WA — 2011
    • Honored for Communication Consulting & Research Position
  • Instructor of Influence, University of Denver, CO — 2010
    • Nominated by student, University Writing Program
  • Most Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Portland, OR — 2007
    • Faculty nominated
  • Department Mentor & Teaching Assistant, Seattle Pacific University, WA — 2003
    • Faculty selected mentor and teaching assistant for the University Seminar Freshmen Class
  • Provost Scholarship, Seattle Pacific University, WA — 2000–2004
    • Awarded for academic achievement and community leadership
    • Dean’s List 13 Consecutive Quarters


  • Molloy, K. A. & Dantuma, T. (2020). Nonverbal communication: Understanding and communicating well. In T. Dantuma (Ed), Professional competencies in speech-language pathology and audiology. (pp. 33-54).Baltimore, MD: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • Molloy, K. A. & Dantuma, T. (2020). Cultivating resilience in the midst of stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout. In T. Dantuma (Ed), Professional competencies in speech-language pathology and audiology. (pp 151-172). Baltimore, MD: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • Molloy, K. A., Dick, B. J., Davis, D. E., & Duffy, R. D. (2019). Work calling and humility: Framing for job idolization, workaholism, and exploitation. Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, 16, 428-444. doi: 10.1080/14766086.2019.1657489
  • Molloy, K. A. & Foust, K. R. (2016). Work Calling: Exploring the Communicative Intersections of Meaningful Work and Organizational Spirituality. Journal of Communication Studies, 0, 1-20. doi: 10.1080/10510974.2016.114875
  • Molloy, K. A. (2016). Work calling as inherently communicative: Exploring the interdependence of the caller, called, and community. Approaches to Christian Ethics. (Self-published by Biola’s Faculty Integration Seminary on “Ethics” led by C. Stephen Evans of Baylor University)
  • Lewis, T. V. & Molloy, K. A. (2015) Religious rhetoric, the comic frame and The Big Bang Theory. Journal of Medial and Religion, 14, 88-101. doi: 10.1080/15348423.2015.1051457
  • Molloy, K. A. & Heath, R. G. (2014). Bridge discourses and organizational ideologies: Spiritual and secular communication in a faith-based, nonprofit organization. International Journal of Business Communication, 1-23, doi: 10.1177/2329488414525451
  • Molloy, K. A. & Dik, B. J. (2014). Make your job a calling resource guide. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press.


  • Guest Speaker Biola University, CA . Staff Development Conference Spring 2014. Topic: Breakout Session, “Meaningful Work”
  • Guest Speaker Spring 2014. Communication Studies Department end-of-the-year dinner. Topic: Anchored in Christ, equipped with a Communication Major
  • Guest Speaker Spring 2014. Hope Hall, Dorm Floor talk. Topic: Identity in Christ, The Impact of Sustained Stress, and Time with God
  • Guest Speaker Spring 2014. Christian Formation & Ministry: Thrive. Topic: Topic: Anchored in Christ, equipped with a Communication Major
  • Panelist, “I beg to differ” Spring 2014. Chapel event for Dr. Tim Muehlhoff’s book, I Beg to Differ. One of four selected panelists invited to respond to the book topic based on research/scholarly expertise.
  • Guest Speaker Fall 2013. Communication Department Sponsored Event: Chapel. Topic: Waiting on God: Resting with your hands open
  • Guest Speaker Spring 2013. Communication Department Sponsored Event. Topic: Post-Grad Workshop: A year of networking Instead of a year of uncertainty
  • Guest Speaker Fall 2012. Communication Department Sponsored Event. Topic: Goals as a process rather than a moment: Cultivating perseverance & discernment


  • Small Group Communication
  • The Rhetorical Act
  • Communication in the Workplace
  • Methods of Communication Research
  • Forms of Public Communication: Nonverbal
  • Organizational Communication
  • Organizational Rhetoric
  • Communication & Calling
  • Advanced Research Methods

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Communication
  • Non-verbal Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Organizational Communication
  • Non-verbal Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Small Group Communication
  • Meaningful Work & Calling
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