Cynthia Suopis

Cynthia Suopis

Senior Lecturer

E30 Machmer Hall and 100 Venture Way Suite 200

(413) 545-1311 or 413-545-1196


My research interests include ethnography of communication, cultural discourse, organizational discourse, experiential learning, health communication and health narratives.  I am particularly interested in developing online/ live teaching strategies and student outcomes that support traditional and non-traditional college students' experiential learning narratives.


PhD, Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, MA, Health Communication, Emerson College and Tufts University School of Medicine.

Courses Taught:

Health Communication, Communicating Culture in Organizations, Reflections on Technology, Reflections on Organizational Life, Writing About Experience, Frameworks of Understanding, and Cultural Codes.


  Suopis, C. (2009). Changing PLA processes, not PLA. Journal of Continuing Higher Education, Volume, 57. p. 125-128.

 Suopis, C. (2008). Face-to-face or online instruction: Is that the best question?Communication Currents, Volume 3, Issue 3, June.

            Suopis, C. (2008). Experiential learning in Communication classes. In B. Hugenberg, D. Worley, & L. Hugenberg (Eds.), Best Practices in Experiential and Service Learning in Communication: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

            Suopis, C. & Carbaugh, D. (2005). Speaking about menopause: Possibilities for a cultural discourse Analysis.  In M. Maxwell (Ed.), Diagnosis as a cultural practice Mouton de Gruyter (Series in Language, Power and Social Process).

            Suopis, C. (1997). Reflections on tobacco control, Massachusetts Association of Health Boards, Inc. Quarterly Volume 15, Number 4, Fall 1997 p. 11.

            White, M.K., Suopis, C., Thao, T. (1996). Choices and Changes: Clinician influence and patient action. West Haven, CT: Bayer Institute for Heath Care Communication.




I am currently working on an online version of the Health Communication course as well as designed a new course called 'Health Literacy'.  I recently completed the Baystate Health Systems Mini-Medical School training program.  I am currently a member of the Board of Health for the City of Northampton.