Larissa Favela, Instructor - Communication Studies Department

Contact Information

Larissa Favela

Instructor, Communication Studies

Faculty Coordinator: Ohlone Forensics Team and Speech Colloquium Series

Communication Studies Department

(510) 659-6226

Room FP-22-103, Building FP-22, Fremont campus


Larissa Favela started teaching at Ohlone College in early 2006 as an adjunct faculty member. Her first class was SPCH 104 - Critical Thinking/Persuasion. You will also find her teaching courses in communication theory, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, small group decision making/critical thinking, argumentation and debate, and gender communication. She became a full-time faculty member in the Fall of 2014.

Larissa Favela was born and raised in the Bay Area where she attended San Jose State University, earning her BA in Speech Communication. She then pursued her Master's degree at San Jose State University while also being a Teaching Associate in SJSU's reputable TA program. Her initial reason for applying for the TA program was to help pay for her Master's education, but once she taught her first class, she was hooked. Her research interests are many but one of her favorite areas of Communication research is intercultural communication. She wrote her Master's thesis on Japanese American identity and intergenerational dialogue in the San Jose Japantown community.

Aside from teaching Communication courses, Larissa Favela serves as supervisor and coordinator for the Ohlone Forensics Team and coordinator for the Communication Studies Department Speech Colloquium series. You will also probably find her in the Maggie Morrison Communication Lab where she loves to hang out and chat with students.


  • M.A Communication Studies, San Jose State University

    Emphasis: Intercultural and Interpersonal Communication

  • B.A Speech Communication, San Jose State University

    Emphasis: Rhetoric

  • A.A Liberal Studies, West Valley Community College, Saratoga, CA

  • A.S Biology, West Valley Community College, Saratoga, CA

Professional Memberships

  • WSCA, Western State Communication Association
  • NCA, National Communication Association