Cynthia Suopis

Senior Lecturer
Advisor, University Without Walls
N369 Integrative Learning Center; 100 Venture Way, Suite 200
Spring 2017 office hours: W 1:30-3:30 & by appt.
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, Health Literacy, 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.



Current Projects: 

I am currently enrolled in a Narratve Medicine workshop at Columbia School of Medicine where I hope to learn techniques for assisting physcians in their participation of shared medical decision making with their patients.  After introducing a new communication course, "Health Literacy" in Spring 2014 we are scheduld to offer this course again in Spring 2015. This summer I taught an online version of COM 319 "Health Communication" where a diverse group of students from around the world were exposed to the contributions of the  Communication discipline toward health issues.  I am currently a member of the Board of Health for the City of Northampton where community health issues and programs are initiated to better serve the community.