Michael Gulotta, a JMU Communication Studies lecturer, originally began his studies in behavioral science at the University of Maryland thinking of becoming a lawyer. However, when he entered Auburn University as a graduate student, Gulotta was firm in his commitment to study public relations. He found himself particularly interested in studying popular culture, crisis and issues management.
Gulotta joined the JMU communication team straight out of graduate school and has been teaching here for several years. His favorite subject to teach is SCOM 242 Presentational Speaking because it allows him to watch individual students give speeches in a variety of scenarios. By witnessing students’ growth, interests and daily interactions, Gulotta feels he learns from his students as much as they learn from him. Gulotta acts as the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity advisor.
In his free time, Gulotta prefers to be at home with his wife and young daughter. He follows college sports, usually cheering for Auburn and Maryland, and plays disc golf when he can. Gulotta is currently pursuing a doctorate in management, finding a balance between work, education and social activities. His mantra is “slow and steady,” believing life enjoyments should be a priority and that goals should be accomplished in due time.