Eastern Michigan University
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Rocky (Rocco) M. Sulfridge

Full-Time Lecturer

Rocky Sulfridge 602D Pray Harrold




  • PhD – Communication Studies, Wayne State University
  • MA – Interpersonal Communication, Eastern Michigan University
  • BA – Psychology, Eastern Michigan University
  • BA –Comprehensive Communication & Theatre Arts, Eastern Michigan University

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • National Communication Association                                                
  • American Psychological Association                                   
  • Michigan Association of Speech Communication

Representative Courses Taught

  • CTAC 124 - Foundations of Speech Communication
  • CTAC 224 - Public Speaking
  • CTAC 225 - Studies in Listening Behaviors
  • CTAC 226 - Nonverbal Communication
  • CTAC 227 - Interpersonal Communication
  • CTAC 274 - Intercultural Communication
  • CTAC 350 - Theories of Persuasion
  • CTAC 354 - Organizational Communication
  • CTAC 359 - Small Group Communication
  • CTAC 485W - Communication Theory



Dr. Sulfridge has been teaching Communication courses at Eastern Michigan University since 1994 and has additionally held positions at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Washtenaw Community College. His primary teaching and research interests lie in the area of Interpersonal Communication and Communication Education. Prior to his academic career, he served in the military as part of the 381st Medical Detachment and the 323rd Combat Support Hospital.

Dr. Sulfridge’s research interests include verbal aggression, stress and well-being and a concentrated focus on adolescent development, particularly within marginalized groups, such as LGBT youth.  In his applied work he investigates academic service learning and diversity education