Assistant Professor


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  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Listening and Dialogue, Diversity and Difference, Language and Discourse, Health and Well-Being
  • Department:

    • Communication Studies
  • Education:

    • Ph.D., Communication, University of Washington
    • M.A., Communication, University of Washington
    • M.A., Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies, Gallaudet University
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Dr. Elizabeth Parks is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Dialogue and Diversity Specialist with the Center for Public Deliberation, and Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Colorado School of Public Health. Her research and teaching blends social scientific and humanistic methods to better understand how we can improve ethical listening with people who are different than ourselves, whether that be based on diverse ethnicity, race, language, culture, gender, ability, or other identity performance. After intensive cross-cultural negotiation in the United States as an American Sign Language interpreter (since 2001), teaching in US colleges and universities on both coasts and the Midwest (since 2004), and international sociolinguistic research with a community development NGO in Latin America and the Caribbean (from 2006-2012), her scholarship is grounded in the belief that our individual, relational, and organizational lives are enriched by bravely creating hospitable spaces of dialogue across difference. Her first book, "The Ethics of Listening: Creating Space for Sustainable Dialogue," was published in 2019.

Parks is committed to creating academic environments that are not just spaces for deep thinking, but also places where ideas impact individual lives and theories change community processes. As a pragmatist, she strives to lean into paradoxical questions to better understand the values, attitudes, and skills that can make intercultural dialogue a challenging but constructive practice for everyone. When not at work, you'll likely find her hiking or skiing in the mountains, playing around with a stringed instrument, on an international adventure, reading continental philosophy, or playing "Eurogames" with friends over a strong brew.

Read: An Open Letter to Prospective Graduate Students


Recent Publications

Parks, E.S. and Aoki, E. Forthcoming. "Listening across the United States: Diverse cognitive constructs and regional codes." In Wang, C. and Chao, L, Communicating across Difference. Cognella Press.

Ojeda-Hecht, E. and Parks, E.S. Forthcoming. "A bridge for communication: Negotiating intergenerational listening expectations in face-to-face interactions and digital platforms." In Robinson, R. (Ed.), Communicating, Engaging, and Educating Generation Z: Theoretical and Practical Implications for Instructional Spaces. Lexington Press.

Harvey, J., Faw, M.H., and Parks, E.S. Forthcoming. “Care-giver/Care-receiver Supports.” Thompson, T. and Harrington, N. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Health Communication, 3rd Edition. Routledge.

Parks, E.S. and Robles, J.S. 2021. “Surviving ableist complaints about the ‘real world’ and new communication technologies.” Language & Dialogue, 11(1), 36-60.

Parks, E.S. 2021. “The hybrid I/eye: A critical autoethnography of intersecting race and disability identity.” Journal of Autoethnography, 2(1), 26-38.

Parks, E.S. 2020. "Listening across the ages: Measuring generational listening differences with the LCI-R." International Journal of Listening, DOI: 10.1080/10904018.2020.1748503

Parks, E.S. 2019. The ethics of listening: Creating space for sustainable dialogue. Lexington Books.

Robles, J.S. and Parks, E.S. 2019. Complaints about technology as a resource for identity-work. Language in Society, 48(2).

Parks, E.S. and Foot, K. 2019. “Conceptualizing listening as voice and its affordances for collaboration scholarship” in P. Moy and D. Matheson (Eds.). Voices: ICA International Communication Association Annual Conference Theme Book Series. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Parks, E.S. 2019. “Listening to hybrid identities in medical contexts.” International Journal of Listening.

Parks, E.S. and Barta, K. 2018. “Are you my mother? Perpetuating gender inequality through listening expectations and relational roles.Journal of Research in Gender Studies. Vol. 8, No 1. pp. 28-48. doi:10.22381/JRGS8120182

Parks, E.S. 2017. “Listen first: Dialogic communication ethics in Caribbean Sign Language research” In Ethics & Behavior. pp. 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2017.1395338

Parks, E.S. 2016. “Language witnessing: An intergenerational cosmopolitan ethic of care for endangered languages.Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture. Vol. 51, No. 1. pp.61-73.

Parks, E.S. 2016. “Bringing together and setting apart: Christianity’s role in the formation of deaf cultural communities in Latin America and the Caribbean” in Communication and the Global Landscape of Faith. Ed. Adrienne Hacker-Daniels. Lexington Books.

Parks, E.S. and L. Nishime. 2016. “Extinction, genealogy, and institutionalization: Challenging normative values in popular endangered language discourse.Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. Vol. 9, Issue 4.



  • 200 LEVEL SPCM COURSES – 278E: Communication Skills: Intercultural Competence; 278A1: Communication Skills: Listening

  • 300 LEVEL SPCM COURSES – 332: Interpersonal Communication Skills; 334: Co-Cultural Communication

    For SPCM 334, please see these Open Educational Resources published through CSU’s Mountain Scholar website linked/found here:

  • 400 LEVEL SPCM COURSES: 480A1 Listening Across Difference

  • INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSES – LB 393 Storytelling, Listening, and Ethical Community Engagement

  • GRADUATE LEVEL COURSES – 639 Communication Theory; 792B Graduate Seminar: Relational/Organizational Communication (Listening and Difference); 793: Advanced Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Discourse)