College of Arts and Sciences

Rick Malleus, PhD

  • Rick Malleus, PhD
    PhD, Communication Studies
    Associate Professor, Communication
    Phone: 206-296-5344
    Building/Room: 304 Lynn



    Dr. Rick Malleus is a Zimbabwean who has been a member of the Communication Department since Fall 2006.  Both his M.A. and Ph.D. are from the University of Minnesota in Communication Studies, with a focus on Intercultural Communication. He has taught a variety of courses at Seattle University, being responsible for teaching required courses like Social Foundations of Communication, and Media Foundations of Communication. He also teaches Intercultural Communication, Africa and Communication, and the Communication Research Seminar.

    His research interests include intercultural re-entry and mediated communication in Southern African. Recent publications include the following:

      • A journal article as part of the International Academy for Intercultural Research collection Pushing the Frontiers of Intercultural Research: Asking Critical Questions: Malleus, R. & Slattery, E. (2014). Personal Travel Blogs as Texts for Studying Intercultural Interactions: A Pilot Test Case Study of an American Sojourner’s Blogs from Zimbabwe. SpringerPlus 3:211
      • An encyclopedia entry: Malleus, R. (2014). North Africa: Social Media and Politics. In Kerric Harvey (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publication.
      • A book chapter: Malleus, R. (2013). Whose News Can You Trust? A Framework for Evaluating the Credibility of Online News Sources for Diaspora Populations. In Moe Folk & Shawn Apostel (Eds.) Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer Mediated Communication. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

    When he is not working, Malleus enjoys traveling to new places with his wife, and looks forward to trips home to Zimbabwe where most of his family live.