Associate Professor

Office: 541-737-5390

Shepard Hall

Shepard Hall B06

2001 SW Campus Way

2001 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Coordinator, Speech Communication

Profile Field Tabs

Affiliated with: 
Speech Communication
OSU Main Campus
Courses Taught: 

Comm 321: Introduction to Communication Theory

Comm 326: Intercultural Communication

Comm 416: Ethnography of Communication

Comm 426: Intercultural Communication -- Theories and Issues

Graduate Seminars: Interracial Communication, Critical Theorizing in Intercultural Communication, Language and Culture

Research/Career Interests: 

Elizabeth Root (PhD, University of New Mexico) began her career as an English as a second/foreign language teacher. Besides teaching refugees, immigrants, and international students in Minnesota, she also taught conversational English classes in both China and South Korea for several years. Her experience working with international students prompted her to return to graduate school to study intercultural communication. Research during her PhD program took her back to South Korea to collect narrative data exploring the intercultural relationships between native-English-speaking teachers and Korean students in a classroom setting. Currently, as an associate professor in Speech Communication, Elizabeth teaches courses in intercultural communication and qualitative research methods. Her research focuses on issues of university internationalization, cultural identity, and intercultural communication pedagogy.

My Publications


Journal Article

Root, E. Definitions Of An Intercultural Encounter: Insights Into Internationalization At Home Efforts. Northwest Journal of Communication Vol. 42.Issue 1 (2014): 35-60. Web. Northwest Journal Of Communication.


Journal Article

Root, E., and A. Ngampornchai. I Came Back As A New Human Being: Student Descriptions Of Intercultural Competence Acquired Through Education Abroad Experiences. Journal of Studies in International Education Journal of Studies in International Education 17.5 (2013): 513 - 532. Print. Journal Of Studies In International Education Journal Of Studies In International Education.
Root, E. et al. Identity Dialectics Of The Intercultural Communication Instructor: Insights From Collaborative Autoethnography. INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION STUDIES 22.2 (2013): 1 - 18. Print. Intercultural Communication Studies.


Journal Article