Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Faculty & Staff Directory

Gilda Parrella, Ph.D.

Title/s: Professor Emeritus

E-mail: gparrel AT luc DOT edu


‌Gilda Parrella is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication.

With the Fall, 2011 publication of "Consensus-building Journalism: An Immodest Proposal"in Harvard's Nieman Reports. Dr. Parrella is initiating a national project attempting to combine mediation and journalism. The goal of this project is to provide an alternative to conflict-driven narratives by establishing more common ground on controversial issues through online public participation facilitated by participating journalists. The article may be found online at www.niemanreports.org. ‌


Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington, Seattle,  an NDEA Fellow

Master's University of Denver

Bachelor's  University of Rhode Island.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Parrella has held state and national offices in a variety of professional and civic organizations including the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (now the Association of Conflict Resolution) the Peace Communication Commission and the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association, the National Peace Institute Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union. She has chaired many conference panels, presented numerous papers and has been a featured speaker on issues of conflict and peacemaking at home and abroad.

As member of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, Dr. Parrella successfully petitioned the Governor of Illinois to declare Dec. 1 "Dispute Resolution Day" beginning with the year 2000. She is also a member of Servas, an international organization that works to promote peace through personal contacts and citizen diplomacy throughout the world.

Courses Taught

Communication and Conflict Management, Mediation, Negotiation, and Media Ethics


Dr. Parrella was awarded a Carnegie Mellon Foundation Grant to study conflict management and established courses in this area for the University which she has been teaching for over 25 years. She also helped establish the Peace Studies minor in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Ombudsman and was a Fellow with the Center for Ethics. She continues to consult, train and mediate for clients nationally and internationally.