Department of Communication Studies

Welcome to the Department of Communication Studies website. This site is provided for current and future students, faculty, and anyone else who wants to learn about our activities. In addition to providing the latest news from students and faculty in our department, this site provides several resources for current students. These resources include internship opportunities, upcoming events, departmental clubs, course scheduling, and advising. For graduate students, we present information about our program and how to apply to our program. Feel free to browse our site and be sure to contact us if you have any questions. 

Student News

Congratulations to Coyote Advertising, especially Jacob Poore (advisor) and all of our COMM students who are part of the program, on winning MULTIPLE honors at the American Advertising Federation awards!  They won 10 prestigious ADDY awards in the professional advertising competition (not the student show). Winners include Brian Bañuelos, Bryan Figueroa, Julio Oruña, Torilynn Qualls, and Robert Whitehead.

Communication Studies graduate student Jacquelyn Green received the highly competitive and prestigious Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP) in New York City.  Green is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in our department teaching her own sections of Oral Communication (COMM 120). This summer she will be interning at Edelman Public Relations in their public affairs office.

Communication alumnus Lou Mouville was selected to receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters during CSUSB's commencement exercises on June 17. Monville has a great record of service to CSUSB and the CSU system. He served as president of the CSUSB Associated Students Inc. as an undergraduate. After graduation, Monville continued to serve Cal State San Bernardino by participating in the Coyote Athletics Association; the CSUSB Alumni Association board, including serving as president; the Ambassadors for Higher Education; the CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation Board of Directors; and the CSUSB Advisory Board. He currently serves on the CSUSB President’s Advancement Council and Communication Studies Department Advisory Board. Currently, Monville is the senior vice president of the Raincross Corporate Group.

In Februrary the Coyote Forensics Team competed at the Western States Communication Association Forensics Tournament in Salt Lake City for their second debate experience. Under the direction of Amy Wassing (Communication Studies), Tejwant Brar & Babriel Robles took second place in the Junior division of the NPDA Parli debate and all 3 Parli teams won at least one round in their multiple debates against very experienced teams. The Individual Event speakers also performed well and represented CSUSB in an outstanding fashion. Click here to see the article.

The Coyote Speech & Debate Team competed in their 1st tournament of the academic year at the 24th Annual Griffin Invitational Tournament at Grossmont College. Students competed in individual events for the first time ever, as well as parliamentarian debate. In Impromptu Speaking students ranked as follows: DeShawna Griffith- 2nd; Joshua Martinez- 3rd; Tejwant Brar- 4th; Alfredo Pulido- ranked 2nd by 2 of 3 judges. In Informative Speaking students performed as follows: Sean Maulding- 3rd by two out of 3 judges; Karen Moreno- ranked 3rd by one judge. In Persuasive Speaking, Jacob Boucher- received consecutive "Excellent" ratings from judges. In Speech to Entertain, Theresa Salas- received "Excellent" ratings from judges. The Coyotes posted 3 Parlimentarian debate teams. Team 1: Tejwant Brar & Alfredo Pulido advanced to the elimination round. Team 2: Sean Maulding and Oscar Lobos won 2 out of 4 debates. Team 3: Natalie Gayoso and Josefina Valdivia narrowly lost their debates (literally only by 1 point).

At the American Advertising Federation - Inland Empire Media Awards Gala, M.A. student Chelsea Galvez won the Academic Achievement Award and $1,500; M.A. student Jacob Poore won Agency Professional of the Year; and alumna and Coyote Radio Director Lacey Kendall  represented the station's "My Awesome Empire,' which she produces with CSUSB students, in its win for "Locally Produced Radio or Television Show of the Year."

M.A. student Donna Trewhella has received the Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communication for her investigative series "Inland Unsolved."

M.A. student and Coyote Advertising Director Jacob Poore was elected to serve on the Executive Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation District 15.

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Faculty News

Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb won the Committee for Exceptional Assigned Time (CEAT) award for her “outstanding efforts in going significantly beyond the normal expectations of facility,” and for her “exceptional level of service to students.” Congratulations Dr. Muhtaseb.

Dr. Julie Taylor has a publication in the latest issue of the Western Journal of Communication.  “Organizing Prostitution Through Silence Discourse:  Unveiling Masks of a Masquerade."  In addition, her project titled "Gendered Assumptions in Prostitution: Policy-as-Written versus Policy-as-Practice” has been selected as an awardee for a CSUSB Faculty Summer Research Fellowship.

Congratulations to Dr. Miheala Popescu on her newest publication:  Popescu, M. & Baruh. (2017). Consumer surveillance and distributive privacy harms in the age of big data.  In Messaris, P. & Humphreys, L (2017). Digital media 2: Transformations in human communication. Peter Lang, pp. 313-327. 

Dr. Mary Fong is being recognized for 25 years of service to CSUSB at the Academic Affairs Faculty Luncheon.

Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb's (co-producer) and Andy Trimlett's (director & co-producer) feature length documentary "1948:Creation & Catastrophe" was selected to be presented at the Arizona International Film Festival. The film tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the Israelis and Palestinians who lived through it. Dr. Muhtaseb received a grant from the Jerusalem Fund to finish the documentary. Here is a link to the podcast.

Dr. Julie Taylor was elected Vice President of the Organizational Communication Interest group at the Western States Communication Association conference in Salt Lake City.

Donna Gotch was elected Second Vice President of the Western States Communication Association. Part of her duties will be to run the Undergraduate Student Research Conference in 2018.

Congratualations to our 2 newest professors. Dr. Mariam Betlemidze had two papers accepted to the 2017 Western States Communication Association convention. Dr. Julie Taylor received the Top Paper award from the Organizational Communication division for the 2017 WSCA convention.

The Teaching Resource Center has announced recent grants and, not surprisingly, multiple COMM faculty have received awards (including our two newest faculty members). Faculty Learning Community: Dr.  Brian Heisterkamp, Dr. Mihaela Popescu, & Dr. Mariam Betlemidze. Teaching Skills Study Award:  Dr. Julie Taylor.

Dr. Brian Heisterkamp and his team were awarded a $3.25 million Title V Cooperative Grant for their project "From Here to Career."

For the fourth consecutive year, Dr. Bradford Owen directed the CSUSB London Summer Program; a record 25 students lived and studied in central London for 31 days.

Dr. T.C. Corrigan received a College of Arts and Letters Summer Research Fellowship.

The CSUSB Office of Student Research selected Dr. Liliana Gallegos and her student team to participate in the 2016 Summer Research Program; their research topic was Lucha Libre, a form of Mexican professional wrestling.

Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb has been appointed Interim Director of CSUSB's Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

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March 10 Basemah Rihan and students from the Communication Club directed their 2nd annual PDC Speech Tournament. Guest speakers included Palm Desert's Mayor Jan Harnikand last year's first place winner, Donnielle Gerell. Forty-five students competed. This year's winners were Salma Duarte Oros (1st place), Crystal Harrell  (2nd place), and Abigal Lomeli (3rd place).

March 9 was our first Coyote Annual Speech Tournament (CAST). The tournament was directed by Amy Wassing and sponsored by McGraw-Hill Publications and the Communication Studies Department. Students were recruited from Oral Communication (COMM 120) classes on campus. Over 70 people attended the competition. Winners in the Informative Speech Category included Leslie Aguila (1st place), Maria Sanchez (2nd place), Ariah Muller (3rd place). Winners in the Persuasive Speech Category included:Charles Smith (1st place), and Theodore Taylor (2nd place).

March 7 Dr. Lilliana Gallegos directed a successful "Art of Dreaming" workshop for the campus and community. Art supplies were provided for participants to express
themselves via mixed media. The works created by guest will be auctioned off in a gala event at The Garcia Center for Arts in Downtown San Bernardino this summer. Proceeds from the auction will be used to establish an emergency fund for Dreamers and undocumented students.The Coyote Pack, Transcultural Commons Collective (TCCC), Mass Productions, the Departments of Art, English and Communication Studies were featured sponsors.

March 7 Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb in coordination with the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, in cooperation with the CSUSB Department of Communication Studies and the Mediterranean Studies Academy presented a screening of short films with a discussion lead by filmmaker and human rights advocate Farah Nabulsi. The films included Oceans of Injustice, The Nightmare of Gaza, and Today They Took My Son along with an audio piece The Nightmare of Gaza.

March 1 Dr. T.C. Corrigan presented at talk "The Point Is to Change (and Interpret) It: Grassroots Orginizing as an Experimental Method" The talk was sponsored by the Univeristy Diversity Committee and detailed his work with the Indivisible San Bernardino Mountains group which seeks to resist the Trump agenda by communicating concerns to their Congressional representatives.. He detailed a culture jam project on portraying Representative Paul Cook as a missing person--including a milk carton campain and a candle light vidual.

The annual Communication Studies Symposium was held Monday, May 2, with an Awards Luncheon, a Keynote Panel, the inaugural Alumni Council Meeting, and Alumni Panels. See the event poster here.

The CSUSB Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (Dr. Ece Algan, Director) hosted Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi for a lecture in Coussoulis Arena on October 22, 2015. The lecture, entitled "Ways to Fight Islamic Fundamentalism," was attended by more than 800 members of the CSUSB community and the public.

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