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Catherine H. Zizik, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Communication

College of Communication and the Arts


Catherine Zizik enjoys motivating students to embrace the art of public speaking in order to become future change agents

Catherine Zizik is an Associate Professor of Communication at Seton Hall University and a consultant, trainer, coach, and performance practitioner. As a Seton Hall faculty member since 1985, she enjoys working with students in order to empower their hearts, minds, and spirits through the blend of rhetoric and performance. Catherine is also a motivational speaker and communication consultant specializing in performance training, speech delivery and construction, nonverbal effectiveness training, visionary conception, interpersonal strategic direction, key messaging, leadership development planning and recruitment. Catherine's specialty is training leaders! She tailors workshops in diversity, visionary leadership, effective followership and PowerVoice. Additionally, she has coached and trained members of Pfizer's Executive Leadership Team. She has worked with the BOC Group on their recent merger with Linde Gases in Germany. Currently, she is a trainer for PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Zizik is the Academic Director of Seton Hall's Masters Program in Strategic Communication and Leadership. Zizik is the lead coach in their Communication Training Excellence residency program. She also serves as the Director of Forensics and is the Foundress and Director of the Metropolitan Forensics Institute. She also teaches Effective Leadership Strategies, Communication Excellence, Persuasive Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Public and Presentational Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Oral Communication, Group Discussion, Acting, and Leadership Communication. Prof. Zizik has presented an extensive list of papers, presentations and workshops at regional, national and international communication and business conferences. As a performance practitioner she has coached several undergraduate national speech champions and has earned SHU thousands of individual speech awards during her tenure as Head Coach and Director of the Brownson Speech and Debate Team.

Catherine's research interests include compassionate leadership, nonverbal communication, the leader as follower, and biographical performance.


  • M.F.A., The George Washington University
  • M.A., Montclair University
  • B.A., Douglass College, Rutgers, the State University

Academic Distinctions

  • 2007 Director, Producer, Editor of "Dear Remembrances" and "Dialogue with Mother Seton", The Mother Seton House, Baltimore, MD.
  • Awarded Lily Grants in 2006 and 2007
  • 2005 Elizabeth Ann Seton Distinguished Professor of the Year Award

Office Phone
(973) 761-9759


Office Location
Room 24
Fahy Hall


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