Profile: Krista Phair - Communication Labs

  • Adjunct Professor, Communication Studies
  • Communication Lab Coordinator, Newark campus (Fall and Spring)
  • Communication Lab Coordinator, Fremont campus (Summer)

Dr. Krista L. Phair, Ph.D. is the Newark Campus Lab Coordinator and an Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Ohlone College where she has worked since 2013. Dr. Phair teaches Public Speaking, Small Group Communication,  Persuasion and Critical Thinking, and Health Communication, a course we she wrote and developed herself.

Dr. Phair was born and raised in Fremont and attended Mission San Jose High School. She left California for the Midwest when she received a scholarship to attend Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. It was at Creighton that Dr. Phair discovered and fell in love with communication studies. After graduating from Creighton University with a dual BA in Applied Communication and Theater, Dr. Phair volunteered with AmeriCorps, teaching with Learning for Life in Oakland, California. 

In the fall of 2004 Dr. Phair entered the Graduate Program of the University of Kansas to pursue advanced studies in Communication Studies and Rhetoric. In 2007, Dr. Phair completed her Master’s Degree successfully defending her thesis: The Battle Between Good and Evil: An Analysis of the Selling of the USA PATRIOT Act.  Dr. Phair remained at the University of Kansas for her PhD and in 2011 successfully defended her dissertation: Ladies and Liturgy: An Analysis of the Roman Catholic Womenpriest Movement.

While in graduate school Dr. Phair worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University of Kansas. She also taught a concurrent enrollment program for Washburn University, providing college -level public speaking classes to local high school students. After completing her degree, Dr. Phair taught online classes for Northern Kentucky University and worked with Central  Texas College’s military education program, teaching courses on the Fort Riley Army Base.

Dr. Phair is active in the Communication Studies discipline, regularly presenting  at regional and National conferences. Dr. Phair has served as a program planner for several regional interest groups including the Kenneth Burke Society and the Freedom of Expression Interest Group for Central States Communication Association and the Freedom of Expression and Legal Communication interest group for Western States Communication Association. In addition, Dr. Phair has received recognition from scholarship circles having her research published in the journal Communication Studies.