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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.


Marnel Niles Goins


Marymount University
School of Design, Arts, and Humanities

Marnel Niles Goins (Ph.D. Howard University) is Associate Dean of the School of Design, Arts, and Humanities at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Previously, she was Professor of Communication at California State University, Fresno, where she taught sources in Small Group Communication and Organizational Communication. She has a special interest in racial and gender dynamics in organizational settings. Marnel has also served as President of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC) and as a member of NCA’s Executive Committee.


Christina Granato Yoshimura



University of Montana
Department of Communication Studies
Liberal Arts 301
Missoula, MT 59812

Christina G. Yoshimura (Ph.D. Arizona State University) is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Montana. She focuses her research on how various subsystems of the family communicate as they engage external systems; including workplaces, schools, and the justice system. She also maintains a focus on applied communication skills and mental health, using her degrees in communication studies and her licensure in clinical mental health to engage in research and teaching on and off campus at the intersection of interpersonal communication and mental health.



Heather E. Canary

First Vice-President

San Diego State University
School of Communication
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4560

Heather E. Canary (Ph.D. Arizona State University) is Professor and Director of the San Diego State University School of Communication. Her research interests include organizational, family, and health communication. Dr. Canary's recent research studies include surgical team communication, policy communication, hospital discharge and hand-off communication, Down syndrome disclosure communication, and decision-making conversations regarding genetic screening. She has taught classes in organizational, health, and family communication as well as communication theory and research methods.



Shawna Malvini-Redden

California State University, Sacramento
Department of Communication Studies

6000 J Street, Mendocino Hall, 5014
Sacramento, CA 95819



Shawna Malvini Redden (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is an associate professor in Communication Studies at California State University, Sacramento where she teaches organizational, interpersonal, and qualitative methods courses. In addition to directing the Master's program at Sacramento State, she also co-supervises the Graduate Teaching program. Her scholarship analyzes emotion, identity, and sensemaking in high reliability organizations, online sexual harassment among coworkers, and youth online identity work. She just finished her first book, 101 Pat-Downs, an undercover exploration of airport security.



Rodney Reynolds

Rodney A. Reynolds (Ph.D., Michigan State University) served as a professor of Communication for many years before moving into university administration. He has recently been at California Lutheran University. He is a former editor of Communication Reports (Volumes 26-28). His research interests are mainly in message processing, interpersonal communication, and research methods (predominantly measurement). A current emphasis is on communication strategies and effects in educational settings (specifically on the acceptance and use of evaluative feedback). As an administrator, Rodney is active in urging constructive dialogue about accreditation processes.


Sara Hayden

University of Montana
Department of Communication Studies
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-4333

Sara Hayden (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Montana. Sara teaches classes in rhetorical criticism and theory, U.S. feminisms, and gender in communication. Her research focuses on the rhetoric of motherhood and reproduction, and had been published in journals including Western Journal of Communication, Women's Studies in Communication, Quarterly Journal of speech, among others. She has co-edited two books, Mediated Moms: Contemporary Challenges to the Motherhood Myth (2016) with Heather Hundley and Contemplating Maternity in the Era of Choice: Explorations into Discourses of Reproduction (2010) with Lynn O'Brien Hallstein.

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