Marisa Michaels

Co-Director, Business Communication
Lecturer, Business Communication
University of Arizona Faculty Fellow

McClelland Hall 405J
1130 E. Helen St.
P.O. Box 210108
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0108

Areas of Expertise

Impression management
Interpersonal communication
Organizational behavior
Presentation design
Public speaking coaching and consulting

Marisa Michaels teaches in the Eller College of Management’s on-ground, online, graduate and undergraduate platforms. She joined the team as a business communications lecturer in 2014 and served as the associate director from 2016 until 2019, when she was appointed director. Currently, Michaels teaches BCOM 510 Communication for Managers and coaches MBA advanced field projects. She holds three degrees in communication and organization: a BA and a doctorate from the University of San Francisco and an MA from San Francisco State University. She enjoys the practical application of theory and brings her experience in education and industry to the classroom. She specializes in self-presentation, interpersonal communication and public presentation strategies and arms students with tools to create desired impressions in their written and oral communication. Inspired by the interplay between identity, relationships and productivity, she helps others leverage their natural abilities to create strong teams and organizations.


  • BCOM 214 Fundamentals of Business Communications
  • BCOM 510 Managerial Communication
  • BCOM 511 Professional Writing Intensive

Professional Associations

  • Association of Business Communication
  • National Communication Association


  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, Eller College of Management (2018)
  • Faculty Fellow of the Year, University of Arizona (2016)
  • 100% Engagement Award, Eller College of Management (2015)


  • EdD in Organization and Leadership, University of San Francisco
  • MA in Speech Communication, San Francisco State University
  • BA in Communication Studies, University of San Francisco