Emeritus Faculty

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Caldwell Hall

Donald Rubin (PhD 1978, University of Minnesota) is emeritus professor in the Departments of Speech Communication and Language and Literacy Education and in the Program in Linguistics. He served as Head of the Speech Communication Department (1994-2000) and Faculty Fellow at the University System of Georgia (2000-2001). Rubin edited the National Communication Association journal Communication Education (2003-2006). He is presently senior scientist at UGA's Center for Health and Risk Communication and affiliated with UGA's Center for Global Health.  He has served as adjunct professor at Emory University's Candler School of Theology (English for Academic Purposes program) and visiting professor at Haifa University (Israel) School of Public Health.  He also serves as research director  for GLOSSARI, a research initiative pertaining to study abroad learning outcomes.  Rubin's current research projects cross three themes: (1) health literacy, especially interactive or interpersonal health literacy; (2) student learning outcomes accruing from study abroad; and (3) evaluational reactions to non-native speakers of English; including the impact of those responses on assessment processes. His current training efforts focus on (a) health literacy and health insurance literacy for insurance navigators and consumers and (b) intercultural communication competence for public health professionals.  Rubin has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on grants and contracts funded by such agencies as FIPSE, NCI, NIA, CDC, International Research Studies (ED), and the Legacy Foundation. He is founding chair of the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy.  

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