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Photo of Michael ZirulnikDr. Michael Zirulnik’s research, teaching, and consulting practice focus on organizational effectiveness, negotiation and intercultural conflict. He is immediate past Chair of the Peace and Conflict Communication Division of the National Communication Association based in Washington, DC. Currently, Michael is serving as Program Manager in the recently launched School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University.

Previously, Michael spent seven years in the emergency medical and fire service. He is also the founder and former creative director of a design firm with operations based in New Jersey and New York City. Dr. Zirulink remains active as an internationally based flight attendant—the aviation sector being a primary focus of his research. Michael has also focused his attention on labor resolution as well as national security initiatives, living and working in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

While he enjoys consulting to advance business practice, researching to inform our actions and policy decisions, teaching, training, and development with students and clients remains his passion.

Dr. Zirulnik earned a BSc. in communication and applied physics and a Master of Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers University. His Ph.D. is from Arizona State University’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.


Contact Information

  • Position Title: Phoenix College Representative
  • Location: Phoenix College
  • E-mail address: Michael.Zirulnik@myafa.org