Associate Professor/Primitivo PR Advisor
Dr. Emily Acosta Lewis received a Ph.D. in Communication Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.A in Journalism and Mass Communication from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in Public Relations from San Diego State University. She has taught courses in public relations, mass communication, persuasion, public speaking, new media, and first-year learning communities. She is the faculty advisor for the student-run PR firm, Primitivo, and is also the Center for Community Engagement's Arts and Humanities Faculty Fellow. Her most recent research is in high-impact educational practices with a focus on service-learning.
Emily has a student-centered approach to teaching and believes in engaging students with high impact educational practices in her classes. She does this through service-learning, first-year seminars and experiences, learning communities, collaborative projects, undergraduate research, and ePortfolios. Emily believes that experiential education is vital to a well-rounded college experience and encourages this in her classroom through service-learning projects and engaging in real-world PR work in Primitivo.
Emily is a first-generation college student who understands the unique challenges that students can experience while navigating college from this perspective. She strives to educate her students on skills that will get them ready for the job market, such as resumes, cover letters, networking, and salary negotiations. She was a professor with Semester at Sea while visiting twelve countries over 106 days and also studied in Paris as an undergraduate. Please reach out to her if you have any questions about the COMS major, public relations, service-learning, studying abroad, graduate school, or attending college as a first-gen student.
Emily spends her free time with her husband and three kids (aged 2, 4, and 6) exploring North Bay beaches, parks, and museums. She enjoys watching questionable television shows, drinking matcha/chai, and listening to sports talk radio.