Elena Chudnovskaya


Assistant Professor
324 Memorial Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-2370

Elena V. Chudnovskaya holds her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Miami. The focus of her research is organizational, intercultural, and health communication. Her teaching experience at the university level includes courses in Business Communication, Organizational Communication, Intercultural Communication, Public Speaking, and Writing for Communication Studies. Elena's research focuses on evaluating cross-cultural differences in organizations, and developing culturally sensitive strategies used to frame health messages in diverse communities. Top student papers, "Indulgence Versus Restraint: Reflections on a New Cultural Dimension in Organizations" and "Experiences of Danish Business Expatriates in Russia: Power Distance in Organizational Communication," were recognized by the National Communication Association (NCA). The Tinker Field Research Grant was awarded to Elena to participate on a comprehensive health campaign, "Using Community Based Participatory Research to Raise HIV Awareness among the Young Adult Tz'utujil Mayan Community of Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala." This co-authored project was recognized as Top Paper at NCA, Health Communication Division. Co-authored projects in intercultural, organizational, and health communication were published in Communication Research, Public Understanding of Science and Journal of Intercultural Communication Research.

Elena holds Master's degrees in Business Administration and Communication Studies from Ball State University. Based on top MBA student accomplishments, Elena was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society recognizing excellence in business. Elena was also recognized as Outstanding Professional based on her achievement as a graduate student in Communication Studies. Her professional experience includes valuable contributions in international business development with Danish global companies. Elena shares a passion for celebrating cultural diversity by participating as a Russian Language Partner with the UM community, and assisting with orientation for graduate students. She endeavors to promote sensitivity toward cultural differences and contribute to positive social change through community projects, teaching, and research.


Ph.D. in Communication, University of Miami (2017)
M.A. in Communication Studies, Ball State University (2013)
M.B.A., Business Administration, Ball State University (2009)
B.A., Linguist, Translator of English and German Languages: Kubanskiy State University, Russia (1997)

Teaching Areas

Organizational Communication
Qualitative Research Methods
Intercultural Communication
Health Communication

Research Interests

Organizational Bullying