The Department of Communication Studies
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Elisabeth Gareis holds a B. A. in English and German from the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen (Germany), an M. A. in German (literature and linguistics) from the University of Georgia, and an Ed.D. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Georgia.
Prof. Gareis teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in communication studies, with a special focus on intercultural communication. The courses are offered in a variety of face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.
Prof. Gareis' research interest is in intercultural friendship and its role in prejudice reduction and the success of international sojourns. For an overview of this topic, see her entry in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Prof. Gareis' research on friendship formation between international and domestic students has been widely covered in the media and is used in higher education institutions for domestic/international student integration. For examples, see The Chronicle of Higher Education, InsideHigherEd, and USA Today, an interview with Professor Gareis on Voice of America, or a video by the School of Visual Arts (SVA) on intercultural friendship. Related research focuses on the communicating of love, with cross-cultural differences and changes in love expression over time serving as access points for examining larger cultural phenomena.
Professor Gareis is also engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically in the use of technology in communication education and the integration of nonnative speakers in higher-education settings. In addition to publishing in the field, she has served as contributor to the Teaching Blog as well as coordinator of oral ESL, the International Faculty Development Program, and the Faculty Book Club at the College. More recently, Professor Gareis co-founded and is serving as faculty advisor of the Conversation Partners Program, which matches native and nonnative speakers for informal conversations.
Professor Gareis is author of the book Intercultural Friendship: A Qualitative Study, the textbook series A Novel Approach (on the use of literature and film in the language education), and numerous journal articles. Offices held in professional societies include the editorship of NYS TESOL Idiom and membership on the editorial boards of Communication Education, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Journal of International Students, and Journal of Language for International Business.
Gareis, E., Allard, M. S., Gill, S., & Saindon, J. J. (2000). A novel approach: Shoeless Joe/Field of dreams. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
Gareis, E., Allard, M. S., Gill, S., & Saindon, J. J. (1998). A novel approach: Fried green tomatoes. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
Gareis, E., Allard, M. S., & Saindon, J. J. (1998). A novel approach: Shawshank redemption. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
Gareis, E., Allard, M. S., Gill, S., & Saindon, J. J. (1997). A novel approach: Being there. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
Gareis, E. (1995). Intercultural friendship: A qualitative study. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.
Articles and Chapters in Books
Gareis, E. (forthcoming). Communication and intercultural friendship. In L. Chen (Ed.), Handbook of Communication Science Series: Vol. 9. Handbook of Intercultural Communication. New York, NY: Mouton de Gruyter.
Gareis, E., & Jalayer, A. (forthcoming). On the road to intercultural friendship: Contact effects on stereotypes and other stumbling blocks. In Y. Ma & M. A. Garcia-Murrilo (Eds.), Learning and living globalization: Understanding international students from Asia in American Universities. New York, NY: Springer.
Gareis, E. (2017). Intercultural friendships. In J. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of communication. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.161
Gareis, E. (2012). Intercultural friendship: Effects of home region and sojourn location. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 5, 309-328. doi: 10.1080/17513057.2012.691525
Gareis, E., & Wilkins, R. (2011). Communicating love: A sociocultural perspective. In C. T. Salmon (Ed.), Communication Yearbook (Vol. 35) (pp. 199-239). New York: Routledge.
Gareis, E., Merkin, R., & Goldman, J. (2011). Intercultural friendship: Linking communication variables and friendship success. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 40, 155-173. doi: 10.1080/17475759.2011.581034
Gareis, E., & Wilkins, R. (2011). Love expression in the United States and Germany. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 35, 307-319. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2010.06.006
Gareis, E. (2010). Habermas to the rescue. Business Communication Quarterly, 73, 166-175. doi:10.1177/1080569910365893
Gareis, E., Allard, M., & Saindon, J. (2009). The novel as textbook. TESL Canada Journal, 26, 136-147.
Gareis, E. (2008). Raising the bar on global awareness. Communication Teacher, 22, 111-115. doi:10.1080/17404620802382706
Gareis, E. (2007). Active learning: A PowerPoint tutorial. Business Communication Quarterly, 70, 462-466. doi:10.1177/10805699070700040304
Gareis, E. (2006). Virtual teams: A comparison of online communication channels. Journal of Language for International Business, 17, 6-21.
Wilkins, R., & Gareis, E. (2006). Emotion expression and the locution “I love you”: A cross-cultural study. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 30, 51-75. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2005.07.003
Gareis, E. (2005). Relativism versus universalism: Developing a personal philosophy. Communication Teacher, 19, 39-43. doi: 10.1080/14704620500123026
Zhu, Y., Gareis, E., O'Keefe Bazzoni, J., & Rolland, D. (2005). Focus on intercultural communication: A collaborative online project between New Zealand and New York. Business Communication Quarterly, 68, 81-96. doi:10.1177/1080569904273715
Gareis, E. (2005). Pronunciation textbook discrepancies. English Teaching Forum, 43(2), 18-23.
Gareis, E., & Williams, L. (2004). International faculty development for full-time and adjunct faculty: A program description. The Journal of Faculty Development, 29, 45-53.
Erbert, L. A., Pérez, F. G., & Gareis, E. (2003). Turning points and dialectical interpretations of immigrant experiences in the United States. Western Journal of Communication, 67, 113-137. doi: 10.1080/10570310309374763
Gareis, E. (2002). Preparing graduate business students for oral communication in college. In E. P. Cochran (Ed.), Case studies in TESOL practice: Mainstreaming (pp. 115-124). Alexandria, VA: TESOL.
Gareis, E. (2000). Intercultural friendship: Five case studies of German students in the USA. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 21, 67-91. doi:10.1080/07256860050000803
Gareis, E. (1999). Rhetoric and intercultural friendship formation. In A. Gonzalez & D. V. Tanno (Eds.), International and Intercultural Communication Annual: Vol. 22. Rhetoric in intercultural contexts (pp. 91-117). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Gareis, E. (1999). Adult friendship: Examples of intercultural patterns. In M. E. Roloff (Ed.), Communication Yearbook (Vol. 22), (pp. 430-468). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Gareis, E., Allard, M. S., Gill, S., & Saindon, J. J. (1998). Beyond entertainment: Novels and film adaptations in the ESL/EFL classroom. TESL Canada Journal, 15, 50-58.
Gareis, E. (Writer, Director), & Belland, J. (Producer). (2006). Tutorial: PowerPoint [Computer Software]. Retrieved from http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/tutorials/powerpoint