Dr. Chris Patti

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Monday-Thursday 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

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Zen & the Art of Compassionate Communication (follow us on Twitter).


Ph. D., Communication, University of South Florida 2013
M.A., Communication Studies, California State University, Long Beach 2007
B.A., Communication Studies, California State University, Long Beach 2005

Curriculum Vitae


Currently Teaching (Fall 2020)

COM 1200 Thinking Through Communication
COM 2121 Interpersonal Communication
COM 3341 Communication Ethics

Courses Taught at App

COM 1200 Thinking Through Communication
COM 2101 Public Speaking
COM 2121 Interpersonal Communication
COM 2124 Intercultural Communication
COM 3151 Gender Communication
COM 3341 Communication Ethics
COM/MAT 3543 Communicating Science (with Dr. Eric Marland)
COM 3549 Ethnographic Storytelling & Inquiry

Selected Publications

Patti, C. J. (forthcoming). A rose by another name: Zen and the Art of Carolyn. In T. Adams, R. Boylorn, & L. M. Tillmann (Eds.), Advances in Autoethnography and Narrative Inquiry: Reflections on The Legacies of Carolyn Ellis and Arthur Bochner. New York: Routledge.

Patti, C. J. (2020). Slow reading and recovery: Tales of educational trauma and transformationCommunication Education, 69 (4), 405-413.

Patti, C. J., & Ellis, C. (2017). Co-constructed interview. In J. P. Matthes, C. S. Davis, & R. F. Potter (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods—Qualitative Methods. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Patti, C. J. (2016). On suffering and surfing. Episode 300 of the Optimal Living Daily Podcast. Episode re-podcasted as episode 1099, December 14th, 2018.

Berry, K., & Patti, C. J. (2015). Lost in narration: Applying autoethnographyJournal of Applied Communication Research, 43 (2), 263-268.

Patti, C. J. (2015). Sharing "a big kettle of soup": Compassionate listening with a Holocaust survivor. In S. High (Ed.), Beyond testimony and trauma: Oral history in the aftermath of mass violence (192-211). Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Patti, C. J. (2015). Hopeful lament: A song in praise of black women/stories. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (University of California Press), 4 (1), 127-130. Excerpt reprinted in R. Boylorn (2017), Sweetwater: Black women and narratives of resilience (revised edition). New York: Peter Lang. (pp. 155-156)

Ellis, C. S., & Patti, C. J. (2014). With heart: Compassionate interviewing and storytelling with Holocaust survivorsStorytelling, Self, Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies, 10 (1), 93-118.

Patti, C. J. (2013). Compassionate storytelling with Holocaust survivors: Cultivating dialogue at the end of an era. University of South Florida Dissertation.

Patti, C. J. (2012). Split shadows: Myths of a lost father and sonQualitative Inquiry, 18 (2), 153-161.

Research Interests

Interpersonal Communication
Holocaust Survivor Experience, Interviewing, and Storytelling
Mindfulness and Communication
Compassionate Communication and Listening
Communicating Suffering and Illness
Ethnography, Humanistic Research Methods, and Oral History

Interviews and Articles

Religion in Life interview (Season 11 Episode 3)

Jackson State talk on Compassionate Communication in Divided Times (2/20/20)

Interview on Mindfulness Meditation

Appalachian Today article about Dr. Patti's collaboration with Justin Malik of Optimal Living Daily  and his Interpersonal Communication students.

Recent Awards and Honors

April 17th 2019: Faculty Last Lecture Series Speaker: "Mindful Awareness, Really Listening, and Compassionate Communication" 

2016-2017: Appalachian State University Student Government Association “Outstanding Professor—College of Fine and Applied Arts”

The Appalachian's "Best of Boone 2016: Best Professor"

The Appalachian's "Best of Boone 2015: Best Professor"

2014-15 Appalachian State University Student Government Association "Outstanding Professor—College of Fine and Applied Arts"

Title: Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Affiliate Faculty: Center for Judaic, Holocaust, & Peace Studies
Department: Department of Communication

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2481

Office address
Walker Hall 125