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WSCA's leadership includes two branches: Executive Council and Legislative Assembly. The Legislative Assembly, composed of representatives from the Association's various membership groups, is WSCA's principal policy-making body. The Executive Council is the Association's administrative branch, executing policies adopted by the Legislative Assembly.



Mark Bergstrom


College of Humanities
University of Utah
Language & Communication Bldg, 0049
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Mark Bergstrom is a Professor of Communication and Senior Associate Dean of the the College of Humanities at the University of Utah. During the Spring 2014 semester he served as Acting Dean of the College. He served as WSCA Executive Director from 2005 through 2011. Before that time he was an Executive Council Member-at-Large (1997-1999), a Finance Committee Member (and Chair) from 1997 through 2000), and again appointed to that committee for 2003-2004.

He earned his B.S. degree at Washington State University, his M.A. at the University of Montana, and his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. His research and teaching areas are in interpersonal communication and relationships, with particular interests in intergenerational relationships and conflict, bereavement processes, and health care interactions.


Michelle A. Holling

Michelle A. Holling is Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication and Co-Coordinator of the Ethnic Studies Program at California State University San Marcos. She earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University and both her M. A. and B. A. from San Francisco State University in Communication. She serves on several editorial boards including the Western Journal of Communication; in addition, she served as 2nd VP of WSCA (2010-2011) and as President of Organization for Research on Women and Communication (2007-2010).

She teaches courses related to rhetorical studies, gender and feminisms, and Chicana/o studies. Closely tied to her teaching are her scholarly interests that include advancing Chican@ rhetoric, analyzing counter-hegemonic efforts and oppositional politics, and examining the academy as a site of inquiry to explore issues of identity and agency. She is an award winning scholar with publications in Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Women’s Studies in Communication, The Communication Review, Text and Performance Quarterly, Western Journal of Communication, and Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies Journal, and elsewhere. 



Brian Heisterkamp

First Vice-President

Department of Communication Studies
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA  92407

Brian L. Heisterkamp (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is professor in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, San Bernardino. His research interests involve the relationship between social action and social structures and the manner in which conversation can be examined to understand mediator behavior, conflict, and interpersonal relationships, particularly gay and lesbian relationships. Currently, he is examining disputant storytelling during community mediation. He is also examining the memorable messages individuals convey regarding work-family balancing. He teaches courses in conflict and mediation; relational communication; nonverbal communication; research methods; and various graduate seminars.




Marnel Niles Goins


Marnel Niles Goins is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at California State University, Fresno. She teaches Organizational Communication, Small Group Communication, Gender Communication, and Special Event planning courses. She earned her Ph.D in Organizational and Small Group Communication from Howard University.

She has served WSCA in a number of roles, including as Chair of the Time and Place Committee, and 2011 Local Host. Currently, she is the President of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC) and WSCA Second Vice-President.

Dr. Niles Goins has several articles and book chapters published, including pieces in The Routledge Handbook of Applied Communication Research, Communication Studies, and Journal of the Alliance of Black School Educators. She is also co-editor of and contributor to a published book about the experiences of women of color in the academy entitled, Still Searching for Our Mothers' Gardens: Experiences of New, Tenure-Track Women of Color at 'Majority' Institutions.



Paul Mongeau

Dr. Mongeau, a professor of Communication at Arizona State University, has a long association with WSCA and has attended nearly every Convention since 1988. Over the years, he has served WSCA in a number of capacities, including the Legislative Assembly and Executive Committee. He has: chaired the Finance, Time and Place, and Distinguished Service Award Committees; served as secretary, vice-chair (i.e., program planner), and chair of the Interpersonal Communication Interest Group; and headed the local host team at the 2009 WSCA convention in Phoenix/Mesa.

He holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University and his primary teaching and research interests lie in interpersonal (specifically relational) communication and persuasion/social influence. In interpersonal communication, his research focuses on first dates and the earliest stages of romantic relational development. In persuasion, his research focuses on the cognitive processing of persuasive messages.


Heather Hundley

Heather Hundley is Department Chair and Professor in the Communication Studies and Organizational Communication Department at Middle Tennessee State University. From 2010 to 2011 she served as the President of the Western States Communication Association. She earned her B.A. and M.A. at California State University, Sacramento, and her Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Her research interests include mass media, gender, sport, and cultural studies. Her areas of teaching comprise media and culture, media history, media law, media production, feminist theories, qualitative/interpretive methods, and visual communication. She has published in journals such as Communication Reports, Visual Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Intergroup Relations among others. Her books include Mediated Moms (co-edited with Dr. Sara Hayden), Views from the Fairway (co-authored with Dr. Andrew Billings), and Examining Identity in Sports Media (co-edited with Dr. Andrew Billings). She is currently working on co-authoring Rhetorical Theory: An Introduction with Dr. Timothy Borchers. 

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