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Marisa Hill

Lecturer FacultyMarisa Hill

  • PhD Candidate, Texas A&M University
    Rhetoric and Public Affairs
  • M.A., Idaho State University, 2002
    Communication, Public Address
  • B.A., Idaho State University, 1999
    Speech Communication

Teaching Areas

  • Fundamentals of Communication
  • Message Analysis and Criticism
  • Theory and Philosophy of Communication
  • History of Persuasion
  • Public Speaking
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Contemporary Public Communication

Research Interests/Activities

Political and Legal Rhetoric, Public Communication, Intercultural Communication, Archival Research


Marisa Hill has been teaching at Boise State since 2005. She enjoys teaching about the thing we do more than anything else — communication! She teaches courses related to public communication, rhetorical analysis, persuasion in everyday life, and communication theories. Marisa has also taught at Texas A&M University and Idaho State University. In 2018 she was also a visiting lecturer at the University of Utah’s Asia Campus in Incheon, South Korea. Her research interests range from the First Amendment Right of Petition (the “forgotten right”) to social movement and war rhetoric to public presentation in different cultures. In other words, studying various aspects of communication in different times and contexts.

Marisa was recently selected to be part of a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad in Taiwan. Her project will examine the differences in public speaking practice and pedagogy across cultures. She also helped create a pilot public speaking training course in conjunction with Jim Poston for the initial Boise Refugee Speaker’s Bureau, through the Idaho Office of Refugees (2015). This volunteer course helped provide refugees with specialized training to aid them as they engage in public dialogue and advocacy. She continues to work with refugee families and agencies in the Boise community.

Although she still claims Texas as “home,” she has fallen for Idaho and the beauty and adventure of the Boise area. She enjoys spending time with her family, and they’re often found exploring nearby hikes and hot springs, water-skiing, trying new restaurants, camping, or watching college sports. They have a goal to visit all of the National Parks.

Contact Information

Office: COMB 236
Office Hours: By appointment