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Natalia Rybas

Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Chair, Department of Communications Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Communications Studies
250 Tom Raper Hall


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies. Bowling Green State University
  • Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Bowling Green State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Spanish, Taganrog State Pedagogical Institute

Current scholarly/research interests

Feminist and critical studies of technology, online learning and teaching, critical cultural communication

Selected publications

  • Rybas, N.(2017).Designated Reader in Online Discussions: An activity to teach about listening as a skill and as a concept. In J. S. Seiter, J. Peeples, &M. L. Sanders(Eds.), Communication in the Classroom: A Collection of GIFTS. Bedford/St. Martin.
  • Aldrich, R. S., Kaufmann, R., & Rybas, N.(2017). Fostering effective communication in online courses. In R. C. Alexander (Ed.), Best Practices in Online Teaching across Disciplines. George Mason University Press.
  • Umoren, R., & Rybas, N. (2016). Who am I as a healthcare provider? Identity and transformative learning in virtual environments. In A. Stricker, C. Calogne, B. Truman, & F. Arenas (Eds.), Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning. (p. 169-184). IGI Global.
  • Almjeld, J., Rybas, N., & Rybas, S. (2013). Virtual teaming: Crossing borders and mapping out collaboration across institutions and disciplines. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Webtext is located http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/VirtualTeaming/Home
  • Rybas, N. (2013). Digging (in) the playground: (In)visibility of difference in the context of multicultural parenting. In T. Harris & A. Gonzalez (Eds.), Mediating Cultures: Parent Communication in Intercultural Contexts (pp. 3-29). Lexington Books. (The chapter opens the collection)
  • Rybas, N. (2012). Producing the self at the digital interface. In P. H. Cheong, J. N. Martin, & L. Macfadyen (Eds.), New Media and Intercultural Communication: Identity, Community and Politics (Critical Intercultural Communication Studies) (pp. 93-107). New York: Peter Lang.
  • Rybas, N. (2012). Where is my profile picture? Multiple politics of technological mothering and gendered technology. In Radhika Gajjala & Yeon Ju Oh (Eds.), Cyberfemism 2.0. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Gajjala, R., Rybas, N., & Zhang, Y. (2010). Producing digitally mediated environments as sites for critical feminist pedagogy. In D. Fassett & J. Warren (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Communication and Instruction (pp. 411-435). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Rybas, N., & Gajjala, R. (2007). Developing cyberethnographic research methods for understanding digitally mediated identities.Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 8(3). The article can be retrieved from http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/3-07/07-3-35-e.htm.

Grants, Awards, and Honors

  • Distinguished Service Award, Indiana University East, March 2017
  • Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), membership awarded in May 2014
  • CTL Faculty Fellow in Innovative Teaching, October 2013, Indiana University East
  • New Faculty Progress Award, March 2013, Indiana University East
  • Course Development (CD) Grant for Spring-Fall 2013, Indiana University East
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship for summer 2011, Indiana University East
  • Online Course Enhancement and Development (CED) grant for Spring 2011, Indiana University East
  • Service Learning Fellowship, Incentive grant, Indiana University East, February 2010

Selected previous employment positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Theatre, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, Fall 2008-Summer 2009
  • Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, Fall 2002-Summer 2003, Fall 2004-Spring 2008


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