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Department ofCommunication

Andrew Ishak

Andrew W. Ishak


B.S. in Managerial Economics, University of California, Davis, 2004

M.A. in Advertising, University of Texas at Austin, 2005

Ph.D. in Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2012

Andrew Ishak's work is focused on communication of teams and organizations that work in high-pressure situations, such as tactical police units, fire crews, and sports teams. His recent research is aimed at understanding organizational training for lifesaving critical teams (e.g., wildland fire crews, SWAT teams). He has also conducted research projects on various topics within communication and sport and is the co-editor of a book on sports and identity. He is currently researching the effects of cohesion in intramural and intercollegiate teams.

Ishak is also the main instructor for Public Speaking at Santa Clara University and consults with organizations and individuals on public speaking and interview preparation. He approaches the course using techniques gathered from his research on the training of teams that perform in high-pressure situations.

Previously, Ishak completed a documentary entitled Out of Egypt: A Story of Coptic American Culture in 2008. The film focuses on the cultural aspects of the Coptic (Egpytian) Christian Community in the San Francisco Bay Area prior to the recent influx of asylees following the Arab Spring in 2011. 


Public Speaking (COMM 20), Qualitative Research Methods (COMM 111), Communication and Sport (COMM 172A)