Erika Samson, Director of Academic Services
Phone: 543-8860
Office: CMU 118-BErika is the Director of Academic Services for the Department of Communication and advises undergraduate students with the Communication and Communication: Journalism majors. She earned a her M. Ed. In Leadership in Higher Education from the University of Washington College of Education. Prior to her graduate work, Erika received her B.A. in Communication and dual minors in Education, Learning, and Society (ELS) and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) from the University of Washington. Prior to academic advising Erika had held previous positions at the Department of Communication and the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity. Throughout her career Erika has worked with students at the high school and university levels, especially with historically marginalized and first-generation students, and students coming from underrepresented backgrounds. Erika is passionate about making higher education accessible –  focusing on the access, retention, and completion of students’ degrees.
Virgel Paule, Academic Counselor, Senior
Phone: 543-8860
Office: CMU 118Virgel Paule has served in education for over 16 years. Most recently, he comes from an advising position at South Seattle College assisting transfer, Adult Basic Education and ESL students. He earned his Bachelorʼs degree in Communication from Washington State University and his a Masters in Education, with an emphasis in Social Science, from Florida State University.  Virgel taught Social Science in high school for 10 years in Florida and California. He enjoys students and stories on how they have persevered through lifeʼs challenges and find inspiration to achieve their academic and personal goals. Virgel grew up in Seattle and looks forward to continuing to assist Communication students achieve their potential. He enjoys biking, particularly riding STP every year and chasing his two boys around the Emerald City.
Troy Bonnes, Coordinator of Student Relations
Phone: 543-8860
Office: CMU 118Troy Bonnes is the Coordinator of Student Relations for the Department of Communication. Working in the Communication Commons (CMU 118), he helps undergraduate students however he can by connecting them with useful resources and information. As a recent graduate of the department, he knows how important it is for students to make the most of their time at UW, and he is thrilled to be able to be a part of that process. Before joining UW, Troy spent years working with students of all ages in a number of different settings from early childhood education to outdoor education to leadership training programs. He most recently finished working with a nonprofit in Seattle that is helping to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a 2 mile long park along Seattle’s waterfront. Stop by and say hello!


For students, our librarians can:

  • Recommend the best databases to search for your research topic, many are listed on the Communication research guide.
  • Track down tricky citations
  • Help you to cite your sources
  • Answer your questions via email, Zoom, phone or in-person
  • Meet with you individually to hash out your research topic or discuss research strategies
  • Tell you about library services


jessica albano 200x250Jessica Albano, Research Librarian
Phone: (206) 685-1637
Sign up for an appointmentJessica is the Communication Research Librarian for the UW Department of Communication. She is available to help students and faculty with their research, teaching, building the Libraries communication-related collections, and more.
Madeline Mundt, Research Librarian
Phone: (206) 543-5956
Sign up for an appointmentMadeline is a Communication librarian and the Head of the Research Commons in Allen Library, where she offers programs and services for student researchers across the university. She is available to help students and faculty with all things related to communication research, the Research Commons, and more.