Assistant Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Dialogue and Listening, Diversity and Difference, Communication Ethics, Language and Discourse
  • Department:

    • Communication Studies
  • Education:

    • Ph.D., Communication, University of Washington
    • M.A., Communication, University of Washington
    • M.A., Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies, Gallaudet University
  • Curriculum Vitae:


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.


Selected Publications

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.

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.

Parks, E.S. 2015. “Listening with empathy in organizational communication.Organizational Development Journal. Vol. 33, No. 3. Fall 2015. pp. 9-22.

Parks, E.S. 2015. “Engaging the discourse of international language identification: A critical discourse analysis of ISO 639-3 sign language change requests.Critical Inquiries in Language Studies. Vol. 12, Issue 3.

Parks, E.S. 2015. “Identifying overlapping language communities: The case of Chiriquí and Panamanian signed languages.Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication. Vol 34, Issue 4.

Parks, E. 2014. “National and international deaf cultural identity: Creating symbolic borders through perceived use of American Sign Language” in Language, Borders and Identity. Eds. Dominic Watt and Carmen Llamas. Edinburgh University Press.

Parks, E.S. 2013. “Enriching the field of International Communication through sign language research: An analysis of EBSCOhost’s ‘Communication & Mass Media Complete’ Database.Journal of International Communication. Vol 19, Issue 2. pp. 272-284.



  • SPCM 334: Co-Cultural Communication

  • SPCM 278E: Communication Skills: Intercultural Competence