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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.



Brian Heisterkamp


California State University San Bernardino
Department of Communication Studies
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.


Rodney Reynolds


California Lutheran University
Educational Effectiveness & Institutional Research
60 West Olsen Road #2300
Alumni Hall 126
Thousand Oaks, CA  91360

Rodney A. Reynolds (Ph.D., Michigan State University) served as a professor of Communication for many years before moving into university administration. He is currently 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 us active in urging constructive dialogue about accreditation processes.


Marnel Niles Goins

First Vice-President

California State University, Fresno
Department of Communication
5201 N. Maple Avenue
Fresno, CA 93740


Marnel Niles Goins (Ph.D. Howard University) is Professor of Communication and Graduate Coordinator at California State University, Fresno. She teaches courses in Small Group Communication and Organizational Communication and has a special interest in gender and racial dynamics in organizational settings. She is Immediate Past President of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication and a member of NCA’s Executive Committee. She enjoys planning Communication-related events for students and implemented Fresno State’s first TEDx series.


Justin Boren

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA  95053-0277

Justin P. Boren is an associate professor in the department of communication at Santa Clara University, where he teaches courses in organizational and interpersonal communication, quantitative research methods, and communibiology. He received his PhD from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. He also holds an M.A. and a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach. Boren's scholarship focuses on the way that social support networks impact the experience of co-worker stress. He studies work/life balance, organizational culture, psychological and physiological stress, and employee relationships. Boren is a commissioner with the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission, which works to advise the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on human rights-related issues within the county. He is also the Diversity Council Chair for the National Communication Association.



Michelle Holling

California State University San Marcos
Department of Communication
San Marcos, CA 92096

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.


Heather Hundley

Middle Tennessee State University
Department of Communication Studies
1301 East Main Street #200
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 898-2412

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 finishing a co-author textbook Rhetorical Theory: An Introduction with Dr. Timothy Borchers. 

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