Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of CHamoru Studies
Dr. Kisha Borja-Quichocho-Calvo joins the university as an assistant professor of CHamoru studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Division of Humanities. She has taught various courses at UOG since 2010 and recently earned her doctorate in political science with a specialization in indigenous politics from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.
Her poetry was published in 2019 in “Effigies III” (edited by Allison Hedge Coke, Brandy Nālani McDougall, and Craig Santos Perez), which featured chapbook-length poetry from four Indigenous poets from Oceania.
Associate Professor of Sociology, Micronesian Studies, and Women & Gender Studies
Dr. Debra T. Cabrera most recently taught at St. John’s School in Upper Tumon, Guam while she served as adjunct faculty for sociology at the University of Guam. Prior to St. John’s School, Dr. Cabrera was a social science instructor then dean of Academic Programs and Services at the Northern Marianas College in the Northern Marina Islands. She has been active in local, regional, and national organizations, namely the Northern Mariana Islands Council for the Humanities, President Obama’s White House Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Humanities Guåhan, and the Scientific and Statistical Committee for the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. Her current research interests focus on neighborhood crime, juvenile delinquency in the Marianas, and environmental deviance.
Professor of Art
Assistant Professor, Music
Associate Professor of History
Interim Associate Dean, CLASS / Associate Professor of Political Science, Micronesian Studies, and CHamoru Studies
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Manuel Cruz has returned to his alma mater at the University of Guam as an instructor of communications and media within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He has previously been a reporter for multiple news agencies in Guam and has experience as a policy analyst for the Guam Legislature. He holds a master’s in English and a bachelor’s in communication studies, both from the University of Guam. He recently submitted his doctoral thesis, “An(i)ti: An Examination of Settler Discourse and Politics in Guåhan,” in the communication studies program at Auckland University of Technology.
Associate Professor of Journalism
Dr. Francis Dalisay is an award-winning international communication researcher and scholar. At the University of Guam, he teaches courses in communication, journalism, and digital technologies. He also serves as the publisher for Triton’s Call, the University’s student newspaper.
Dalisay received his master's degree and doctorate from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. He earned his bachelor's in communication (print journalism track) from UOG, where he graduated as class valedictorian in Fall 2000.
As a researcher, Dalisay is dedicated to understanding the impact of communication technologies on health outcomes and health disparities, and the role of digital media in facilitating civic and political engagement. His studies particularly focus on media and communication processes and effects in Guam and the Pacific.
Dalisay’s most recent research projects have been funded through grants from the National Cancer Institute, USA (for a study identifying predictors of adolescent betel nut, tobacco and e-cigarette use in Guam) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Democracy and the Informed Citizen Initiative (for a study collaborating with the Northern Marianas Humanities Council to investigate and promote media literacy, news engagement, and civic participation in the Northern Mariana Islands).
Dalisay’s research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals, such as:
He has also garnered top-paper awards for his research from the Association of Education in Journalism and Communication, the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the Central States Communication Association.
Before deciding to move back to Guam in 2015, Dalisay served in the faculty of the School of Communications at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the School of Communication at Cleveland State University. He also taught at the Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Outside of academe, Dalisay has worked as a writer, reporter, editor, and marketing and strategic communication assistant.
In his downtime, Dalisay enjoys staying physically active and spending time with his wife, family, and two dogs. He is also involved in civic organizations in the local community. Dalisay was raised in the village of Dededo in Guam and is a graduate of Father Duenas Memorial School.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Buente, W., Dalisay, F., Kramer, H., Pohkrel, P., Pagano, I. (in press). #Pugua: An Instagram-based study to understand betel nut culture in Micronesia. Journal of Medical Internet Research.
Buente, W., Rathnayake, C., Neo, R., & Dalisay, F., Kramer, H. (in press). Tradition gone mobile: An exploration of #betelnut on Instagram. Substance Use and Misuse.
Yamamoto, M., Dalisay, F. & Kushin, M. (2020). An examination of uncivil and reasoned comments and perceived civility in politics. International Journal of Communication, 14, 279-298.
Dalisay, F. Yamamoto, M., Rathnayake, C., Loos, J.R., & Ching, K. (2019). Local newspaper use in Hawaii fosters acculturation to local culture, community ties and involvement. Pacific Asia Inquiry, 10, 103-116.
Pokhrel, P., Dalisay, F., Pagano, I., Buente, W., Guerrero, E., Herzog, T.(2019). Adolescent tobacco and betel nut use in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands: Evidence from Guam. American Journal of Health Promotion, 33, 1058-1062.
Yamamoto, M., Kushin, M., & Dalisay, F. (2019). Societal majority, Facebook, and the spiral of silence in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Social Media + Society, 5(2), 1-11.
Dalisay, F., Buente, W., Benitez, C., Herzog, T.A., Pokhrel, P. (2019). Adolescent betel nut use in Guam: Beliefs, motives, and social norms. Addiction Research & Theory, 27, 394-404.
Yamamoto, M., Kushin, M., Dalisay, F. (2018). How informed are messaging app users about politics? A linkage of messaging app use and political knowledge and participation. Telematics & Informatics, 35, 2376-2386.
Jian, G., & Dalisay, F. (2018). Talk matters at work: The effects of leader-member conversational quality and communication frequency on work role stressors. International Journal of Business Communication, 55, 483-500.
Dalisay, F., Yamamoto, M., Kushin, M. (2017). The politically demobilizing potential of interpersonal conflict in the Pacific: The case of Guam. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 27, 22-42.
Yamamoto, M.,Kushin, M., & Dalisay, F. (2017). Social media and a spiral of political disaffection among young adults: A moderated mediation model of cynicism, efficacy, and social media on apathy. Mass Communication & Society, 20, 149-168.
Jian, G., & Dalisay, F. (2017). Conversation at work: The effects of leader-member conversational quality. Communication Research, 44, 177-197.
Dalisay, F., Kushin, M., Yamamoto, M., Liu, Y.-I., Buente, W. (2016). Attachment to Facebook and the civic lives of minority college students. First Monday, 21.
Dalisay, F., Kushin, M., & Yamamoto, M. (2016). Conflict as a barrier to political participation for young adults? A look at political participation and disaffection in an era of Web and mobile connectivity. International Journal of E-Politics, 7, 36-52.
Buente, W., Winter, J., Kramer, H., Dalisay, F., Buskirk, P. (2015). Program-based assessment of capstone ePortfolios for a communication BA curriculum. International Journal of e-Portfolios, 5, 169-179.
Dalisay, F., Kushin., M., Yamamoto, M., & Liu, Y.-I., Skalski, P. (2015). Motivations for game play and the social capital and civic potential of video games. New Media & Society, 17(9), 1399-1417.
Dalisay, F. & Liu, Y.-I. (2015). Education and language-based knowledge gaps among new immigrants in the U.S.: Effects of English and native language newspapers and TV. International Journal of Communication, 9, 478-500.
Yamamoto, M., Kushin, M., Dalisay, F. (2015). Social media and mobiles as political mobilization forces for young adults: Examining the moderating role of online political expression in political participation. New Media & Society, 17(6), 880-898.
Jian, G., Shi, X., & Dalisay, F. (2014). Leader-member task conversation quality (LMTCQ): Scale development and validation through three studies. Management Communication Quarterly, 28, 375-403.
Dalisay, F. (2014). Colonial debt, resistance to U.S. military presence, perceived trustworthiness of pro-U.S. military information sources, and support for the U.S. military buildup on Guam. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 8, 11-17.
Dalisay, F. (2013). Examining the relationships between attention to information sources, colonial debt, and attitudes toward a U.S. military buildup in the Pacific: The case of Guam. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 42, 135-154.
Dalisay, F., & Yamamoto, M. (2012). Newspaper coverage and community endorsement of a U.S. military buildup in the Pacific. International Journal of Communication, 6, 2780-2800.
Dalisay, F. (2012). The spiral of silence and conflict avoidance: Examining antecedents of opinion expression concerning the U.S. military buildup in the Pacific Island of Guam. Communication Quarterly, 60, 481-503.
Dalisay, F., Hmielowski, J., Kushin, M., & Yamamoto, M. (2012). Social capital and the spiral of silence. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 24, 325-345.
Dalisay, F. (2012). Media use and acculturation of new immigrants in the United States. Communication Research Reports, 29, 148-160.
Tan, A., Dalisay, F., Zhang, Y., Han, E.-J., & Merchant, M. (2010). A cognitive processing model of information source use and stereotyping: African-American stereotypes in South Korea. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 54, 569-587.
Dalisay, F. & Tan, A. (2009). Assimilation and contrast effects in the priming of Asian American and African American stereotypes through TV exposure. Journalism& Mass Communication Quarterly, 86, 7-22. [~lead article~]
Dalisay, F. (2009). Social control in an American Pacific Island: Guam’s local newspaper reports on liberation. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 33, 239-257.
Tan, A., Zhang, Y., Zhang, L. & Dalisay, F. (2009). Stereotypes of African Americans and media use among Chinese high school students. Howard Journal of Communications, 20, 260-275.
Peer-reviewed/peer-edited chapters and encyclopedia entries
Dalisay, F. Kushin, M., & Yamamoto, M. (2018). The demobilizing potential of conflict avoidance for web and mobile political participation. In Y. Ibrahim (ed.), Digital spaces as platforms for politics and political messaging. (pp. 52-71). IGI Global: Hershey, PA.
***Reprinted by publisher in 2019 in book, Civic engagement and politics: Concepts, methodologies, tools, and applications. Citation provided below:
Dalisay, F. Kushin, M., & Yamamoto, M. (2019). The demobilizing potential of conflict avoidance for web and mobile political participation. Civic engagement and politics: Concepts, methodologies, tools, and applications. (pp. 1342-1361). IGI Global: Hershey, PA. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7669-3
Dalisay, F. Asian Americans Advancing Justice. (2017). In C.A. McNeely, L.A. Schintler, and J.G. Golson (eds.), Encyclopedia of Big Data. Springer: New York.
Dalisay, F. Kushin, M., & Yamamoto, M. (2017). Sentiment analysis. In C.A. McNeely, L.A. Schintler, and J.G. Golson (eds.), Encyclopedia of Big Data. Springer: New York.
Dalisay, F. (2014). idle nomore.ca (First Nations social media protest campaign). In K. Harvey and J.G. Golson (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Dalisay, F., Kushin, M., & Yamamoto, M. (2014). Twitter diplomacy. In K. Harvey and J.G. Golson (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. [Equal authorship]
Kushin, M., Dalisay, F., & Yamamoto, M. (2014). Predictive analytics. In K. Harvey and J.G. Golson (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Published peer-reviewed proceedings
Skalski, P., Dalisay, F., Kushin, M., & Liu, Y. (2012). Need for presence and other motivations for video game play across genres. Published Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Society for Presence Research. Available at https://astro.temple.edu/~lombard/ISPR/Proceedings/2012/SkalskiEtAl.pdf.