Areas of Expertise: Communication Competence,
Social Imagination & News Narratives, Critical Textual Analysis of Media Products,
Latino Media, Ethnicity & Discourse Puerto Rican Migration to Saint Croix,
USVI, Student Learning Assessment
Office location: Hostos Bld. 1st floor, Decanato de Estudiantes, Facultad de Humanidades
Office hours: Monday-Wednesday 8-9:30 am
Phone: 764-0000 ext 4605, 7393, 7696
Mirerza González-Vélez’s teaching and research interests focus on the cultural and social role of communication in the articulation of imagined identities. She is especially interested in the cultural and critical aspects of Latino media discourse. Her research has appeared in a variety of academic publications, including The Journal of Communication Inquiry and Political Communication. She is currently serving as member of the editorial advisory board of The Journal of Communication Inquiry, and an active member of the National Communication Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication where she has presented several of her research papers. In addition, she is developing a research project with Prof. Nadjah Ríos, The Diaspora Project, that explores bilingual education and communication competence in the nearby island of St.Croix, USVI. The project has received the financial support of institutional and external grants and runs a website: www.thediasporaproject.org.
González-Vélez holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in Communication and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Puerto Rico. Before coming to the UPR, she was an Instructor for the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Iowa. At the present time, she teaches conceptual and hands-on courses in communication, such as communication theory, intercultural communication, organizational communication, and public speaking and has recently designed a course in communication ethics. She has served as the Director of the English Department and is currently the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Humanities.
González-Vélez’s professional experience includes five years as co-editor of special editorial supplements at El Vocero newspaper and one year as a reporter for the UPR newspaper Diálogo where she helped in the design of the student-oriented section titled “Entre estudiantes.”