Catherine M. Gillotti, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

Catherine Gillotti


Catherine Gillotti is a professor of Communication and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS).

Research Overview

Gillotti’s primary area of research and teaching interest are in the fields of health and interpersonal communication. She has spent most of my career studying how healthcare providers deliver bad news to patients.

She also teaches interpersonal communication with an emphasis on the dysfunction in relationships known as the dark side of interpersonal communication.

I became a communication professor because the more I studied the topic, the more I realized that communication is the foundation of every aspect of our lives - work, friendship, family, and love. I am originally from Dayton, Ohio where my parents owned a jazz and blues nightclub for over 45 years called Gilly's!

Select Publications

Berry, K., Gillotti, C.M., & Adams, T.E. (2020).

Living Sexuality: Stories of LGBTQ Relationships, Identities, and Desires. Brill/Sense Publishing.

Previous Roles

In past years, Gillotti served as the graduate program director, the basic course director, and the dual-credit liaison for the department of Communication and Creative Arts. She has been a faculty member at PNW since 1996 and regards teaching not as a job, but as a vocation.

Catherine Gillotti


(219) 989-2009

Office Location:

Hammond, Porter Hall 114D


  • Ph.D. – Communication, University of Kentucky
  • M.A. – Communication, University of Dayton
  • B.A. – Communication/English, University of Dayton

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Communication
  • Bad News Delivery
  • Interpersonal Communication Negotiations
  • Business Communication

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • 2019 Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award
  • 2019 Outstanding Faculty Award for the Executive MBA Program, Cohort 20

Curriculum Vitae