Assistant Professor and Basic Course Director, Communication Studies
California State University - Los Angeles
Dr. Ruiz-Mesa is featured in ACUE’s modules: Planning an Effective Class Session, Helping Students Persist in Their Studies, Using Active Learning Techniques in Small Groups, and Checking for Student Understanding.
Ruiz-Mesa is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Los Angeles where she teaches a variety of courses including Instructional Communication, Sex and Gender, Sex Roles in Communication, and Feminism in Communication, and serves as the Course Director of Oral Communication.
Ruiz-Mesa founded the St. Thomas of Villanova Scholars program, an academic bridge program aimed at preparing students for college success. Her research interests involve the impact of race, gender, and sexuality on identity formation, communication, and relationships. Her previous research on the academic impact of experiencing racial microaggressions in higher education has been used to create programming and improve support services for underrepresented students throughout the nation.
Ruiz-Mesa earned her BA in Communication with a concentration in Latin American Studies and an MA in Strategic Communication, both from Villanova University. She holds a PhD in Communication, with a focus on issues of identity and higher education, from the University of Colorado at Boulder.