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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

President

Marymount University
School of Design, Arts, and Humanities
703-908-7823
Email:MNGoins@marymount.edu

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

President


University of Montana
Department of Communication Studies
Liberal Arts 301
Missoula, MT 59812
406-243-4244
Email:christina.yoshimura@umontana.edu

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
619-594-0895
Email:hcanary@sdsu.edu

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.

 

 

Kimberly Harden

Seattle University
Communication Department
College of Arts & Sciences
1103 Biulding, 2nd Floor, Room 200C
901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-1090
206-296-2455
Email: hardenk@seattleu.edu

 

Kimberly Harden (Ed.D., Concordia University) - Since 2016, Dr. Kimberly Harden has served as a professor in the Department of Communication at Seattle University. Dr. Harden is also the Founder and CEO of Harden Consulting Group, LLC. In this role, Dr. Harden helps organizations shift from diversity and inclusion model to a model that emphasizes inclusion, equity, and belonging and works with them to resolve interpersonal communication and workplace conflict.

Dr. Harden received her undergraduate degree in Communication from The University of Washington, a master's degree in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Dr. Harden agrees with Aristotle's assertion that "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."


   

 

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.


 

Heather Hundley


Middle Tennessee State University
Department of Communication Studies
1301 East Main Street #200
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 898-2412
Email: Heather.Hundley@MTSU.edu

Heather Hundley is Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Communication Studies 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, cultural studies, and issues of identity.

 

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 Rhetorical Theory: An Introduction (2018, co-authored with Dr. Timothy Borchers), Mediated Moms (2016, co-edited with Dr. Sara Hayden), Views from the Fairway (2010, co-authored with Dr. Andrew Billings), and Examining Identity in Sports Media (2010, co-edited with Dr. Andrew Billings). She is currently finishing a book, Dangerous Dames: Representing Female Empowerment in Postfeminist Media (2019) Dr. Roberta Chevrette and Dr. Hillary Jones. 


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