Dr. Joseph Mazza was born in Long Branch, New Jersey but grew up in western Missouri in the confluence of Kansas City, Raytown and Independence and also spent three years living in Missouri's Ozark Lake area. He holds a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Missouri. His dissertation studied an industrial organization's internal communication system with emphasis on employee communication satisfaction—probably the first dissertation of its type in the old MU department of Speech and Dramatic Art (precursor of the current department). He also holds a B.S. in Speech and Theatre Education and an M.A. in Speech Communication. A copy of his master's thesis, A Toulmin Analysis of Selected Speeches of Robert F. Kennedy resides in the Robert F. Kennedy section of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. As a “full” professor of Speech Communication at the University of Central Missouri (formerly Central Missouri State University), Mazza took advantage of an early retirement buy-out for senior faculty and came back to MU as a visiting professor. Here at MIZZOU, he enjoys teaching upper division students in courses such as Nonverbal, Group Decision Making, and Business and Professional Communication.
Frequently Taught Courses
Comm 3441 - Nonverbal Communication
Comm 3572 - Argument and Advocacy
Comm 3575 - Business and Professional Communcation