DepartmentDepartment of Communication Studies
Biola AffiliationsEmployee, Faculty



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


Dr. Arianna Molloy is a full-time, tenured track Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Biola University, California where she teaches courses in: Organizational Communication, Research Methods, Small Group Communication, Nonverbal Communication, and Communication and Calling. Dr. Molloy is passionate about helping students develop evaluative and analytical communication skills, in order to discern underlying messages and cultivate their faith in all spheres of life. Her heart for students is evident in honors such as the Biola 2014 Provost award for “Excellence in Teaching.” Her research focus involves Meaningful Work, specifically communication about Work as a Calling. Previous research includes case studies related to how faith and business values are navigated and negotiated in nonprofit work. Her most recent publication is in the International Journal of Business Communication.

Dr. Molloy’s commitment to service is evident in conducting several communication workshops for undergraduate, graduate and staff programs such as: Meaningful Work & Burnout; Nonverbal Communication in Business; Preparing for Post-College Life: The Significance of Networking; and The Necessity for Mentorship and Sabbath. She has worked as a consultant for nonprofit organizations and as a speech coach for business professionals, ministries and college athletic programs.


  • National Communication Association (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Western States Communication (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Rocky Mountain Communication Association (2011)
  • Northwest Communication Association (2006, 2007)


  • 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


  • 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

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