Dr. Garza is a professor of communication and advisor for the campus chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association Honor Society. Her courses encourage student creativity and service learning. She is the recipient of the St. Edward’s University Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Advising Award.

Dr. Garza’s teaching interests, scholarly research and publications are in the areas of rhetorical theory and criticism, popular culture, communication theory, cultural studies, Native American-Chican@ film and communication. Her former students have attended top ranked graduate programs, film schools and law schools. Some have received notable awards such as Fulbright scholarships, academic fellowships and prestigious internships. Many of Dr. Garza’s mentees have successful careers in education, law, government, film, news and broadcast journalism, philanthropy, and some have gone on to win national and international acclaim for their work.


  • Ph.D. in Communication at University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
  • M.A. in Communication at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • B.A. in Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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School of Arts and Humanities