Ryan T. Hartwig, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3371
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Ryan T. Hartwig, Ph.D., is chair of the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He teaches small-group, organizational, and leadership communication, as well as research methods and senior seminar courses. He seeks to help students understand the full creative and transformative power of communication; cultivate the ability to effectively create, shape, and change the many groups and organizations they engage; and develop as people of profound impact in today’s changing and complex world.

With interests in group facilitation, teamwork, the development of collaborative communicative practices and organizational structures, leadership education and training, and qualitative research methods, Hartwig’s engaged scholarship, training, and consulting work aims to help nonprofits and churches thoughtfully leverage effective group and organizational communication practices, processes, and structures to fulfill their missions. His scholarship has been published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research and Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal, and presented at several academic conferences. His first book, Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership (with Warren Bird) was recently published by Intervarsity Press.

In addition, he frequently speaks to groups of pastors and ministry leaders regarding senior leadership teams, teamwork in ministry, and small-group ministry design and leadership.


  • Ph.D., Group and Organizational Communication, University of Colorado
  • M.S.Ed., Higher Education Administration, Purdue University
  • B.A., Communication, Colorado Christian University
  • B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies, Colorado Christian University

Academic Area

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Department of Communication Studies


  • Church Senior Leadership Teams
  • Group Facilitation
  • Organizational Communication
  • Small-Group Communication
  • Teamwork and Collaboration

Courses Taught

  • COMM 203 – Communication Theory
  • COMM 300 – Research Methods in Communication
  • COMM 330 – Small-group Communication
  • COMM 430 – Organizational Communication
  • COMM 495 – Special Topics in Communication
  • COMM 496 – Senior Seminar: Ethics in Human Communication

Office Hours

M 9:30 - 11:00am
T 2:30 - 3:30pm

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