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

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Dr. Arianna Molloy (Ph.D., University of Denver, CO) is an Associate Professor of Organizational Communication in the Division of Communication at Biola University. Dr. Molloy's research focuses on meaningful work, work as a calling, having published in premier journals such the International Journal of Business Communication, Communication Studies, Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion. She has also written for Christianity Today. She is currently working on her first book, Healthy Calling: Moving from Toxic Burnout to Sustainable Work, out in November 2024. Her love for teaching is reflected in a variety of outstanding teaching awards, and been a guest for Yale's Center for Faith & Culture on human flourishing in the classroom. 

In addition to being an active speaker in academic settings, Arianna works as a communication consultant for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, as well as business professionals, and ministries. Dr. Molloy's areas of consulting expertise include: strategically developing presentational/speaking skills (both verbal/content and nonverbal/delivery); building a collaborative environment; increasing team success; as well as analyzing meaningful work, burnout, and preventative measure. She is originally from Seattle, Washington and is happily married to Dr. Allen Yeh, a professor of Intercultural Studies. They enjoy running half marathons, traveling the world, and drinking good coffee. They have one young son and one old cat. 


  • National Communication Association (2019 - present)
  • Western States Communication (2008 - 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, A. (August, 2022). Embracing the Liturgy of Labor Day. Christianity Today. https://www.christianitytoday....
  • 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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