Rosanne Hartman, PhD Director, Communication & Leadership Program / Professor, Communication Studies

Rosanne Hartman, PhD

Rosanne Hartman, PhD joined the faculty in the Department of Communication Studies in 2005 as the Graduate Director of the Communication and Leadership program. Dr. Hartman received her Ph.D. from SUNY at Buffalo in 1991 specializing in the area of organizational communication with a minor concentration in interpersonal communication. Her dissertation topic was an intercultural study focusing on patient perceptions of behavior in the patient-physician relationship.

Dr. Hartman focuses on blending theory and practice. She is a strong advocate for service learning approaches as a pedagogical framework and has written articles on this teaching approach. Her experience in teaching began as a graduate student at SUNY Buffalo where she received teaching scholarships while completing her M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication. She was awarded the Carl Naish Teaching Award in 1991 by undergraduate students. Dr. Hartman was an adjunct and temporary full time assistant professor at Canisius College while completing her Ph.D. from 1989-1991.

Dr. Hartman joined the faculty at SUNY @ Geneseo, fall, 1991. Her teaching responsibilities included Small Group Communication, Organizational Communication, Conflict, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Health Communication and Interpersonal Communication Theory.  Dr. Hartman also helped create the interdisciplinary conflict studies minor at SUNY Geneseo. While at SUNY Geneseo, Dr. Hartman founded a chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, part of the National Communication Honor Society. She was active on campus as faculty advisor for several student groups, took part in campus governance as a member of college senate, chairperson of faculty affairs and student affairs committees, a member of the Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Board. She has also been a member of the Advisory Council for the Center for Dispute Settlement in Livingston County for over a decade.  Over the years, Dr. Hartman mentored several undergraduate students working on research projects. Many of the projects were presented at the Eastern Communication Association’s annual conference winning top awards.

Dr. Hartman’s current writing focuses on teaching pedagogy and on strategies for teaching conflict facilitation skills in various settings. Her research continues in the area of health communication.

As the new Director of the Communication and Leadership program, Dr. Hartman is excited about the opportunity to work with graduate students. She feels the program is a strong and the students talented and motivated. She is looking forward to building learning opportunities for graduate students and alumni of the program. 

Dr. Hartman is glad to be back at Canisius College and working in Buffalo. She has been married for 17 years and has three children.