University of Montana
32 Campus Dr.
Missoula, Mt 59812-1028
Adjunct Associate Professor
1 - 2 p.m. Tue and Thu
And by appointment.
Phyllis Ngai’s research and teaching interests lie at the crossroads of language, culture, communication, development studies, and public education. Dr. Ngai is the author of Crossing Mountains: Native American Language Education in Public Schools in the Contemporary Native Communities Series published by AltaMira Press and author or co-author of 26 journal articles, book chapters, and monographs. Currently, Phyllis teaches courses in intercultural communication and international development communication. She has taught both in Asia and in the United States, and conducted research and delivered guest lectures at universities in countries on four continents, including Cambodia, India, Norway, China, and Ethiopia. To contribute to the local community, Phyllis volunteers to support implementation of Indian Education For All in Missoula public schools. In 2014-2015, she is co-directing a professional-development institute for high-school teachers from around the country. The institute, funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars and Institutes Grant, will engage Indigenous Literary Perspectives in Global Conversation. While actively involved in grant projects, scholarship, teaching, and community service, Phyllis still finds time to enjoy the beautiful Montana outdoors with her family. Her favorite pastimes include kayaking, cross-country skiing, jazz piano, and reading by lakeshores with the view of the mountains.
Ed.D., The University of Montana-Missoula, 2004 M.A., The University of Montana-Missoula, 1996 B.A., The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1994
Crossing Mountains: Native American Language Education in Public Schools, Contemporary Native American Communities Series. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2012, 298 pages. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780759121249
Other Peer-reviewed Publications:
COMX 202S Nonverbal Communication (blended)
COMX 204X International and Development Communication (online and on-campus)
COMX 415 Intercultural Communication (online and on-campus)
COMX 412 Communication and Conflict (blended)
LSCI 491 Global Leadership Initiative Capstone Project
Dr. Ngai has taught courses in communication studies, multicultural education, integrating Indigenous education, and English as a second/foreign langauge in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Addis Ababa, and Missoula since 1995.
Dr. Phyllis Ngai’s recent research explores (1) a local Cambodian NGO's participatory approach to rural development and its discourse of sustainable development (2) transcultural pragmatics/intercultural communication training with teachers of English as a second language; (3) the impacts of social media on internationalizaton of higher education; (4) communication differences in Native/non-Native educational partnerships; and (5) the impacts of different Indian-education approaches on Native and non-Native students' learning outcomes in public middle schools.