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Faculty and Staff

  • Dr. Christine M. Bachen

    Associate Professor

    Media studies, quantitative research methods, and media and youth



  • Dr. Justin P. Boren

    Associate Professor

    Organizational and interpersonal communication



  • Charles F. Byers

    Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer

    Public Relations

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  • Dr. Hsin-I Cheng

    Associate Professor

    Intercultural and interpersonal communication



  • Dr. Rohit Chopra

    Associate Professor

    Rohit Chopra teaches courses on global media and international communication, new media technologies, and postcolonial media. His current research projects focus on the relationship between memory, violence, and digital media.

  • Tricia Creason-Valencia

    Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

    Tricia Creason-Valencia is documentary filmmaker who produced the Emmy-nominated documentary Stable Life and, most recently, directed Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose, both of which broadcast on public television. She is a PBS/CPB Producers Academy Fellow and a National Association of Latino Independent Producer’s Latino Producers Academy Fellow.



  • Lisa Davis

    Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

    Lisa Davis teaches a variety of journalism courses and communication law. She has more than 20 years experience as a professional journalist and is the author of The Sins of Brother Curtis: A Story of Betrayal, Conviction and the Mormon Church.

  • Dr. Laura L. Ellingson

    Professor/Director of Women's & Gender Studies

    Laura Ellingson teaches classes in gender & communication, health communication, and feminist research methods. She conducts research on communication and collaboration among health care providers in hospitals and clinics and on communication in extended and chosen families.

  • Dr. Amy Tully Eriksson

    Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

    Amy Tully Eriksson teaches a variety of communication courses, including public speaking and interpersonal communication.

  • Paul Hammons

    Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer

    Paul Hammons teaches Sports Media Production and works with the Athletic Department with their game-day media operations and as a technical and production consultant for various projects.

  • Dr. Katharine E. Heintz

    Senior Lecturer

    Katharine Heintz teaches courses in media studies/mass communication. She is particularly interested in how the media impact children and families, and the role of the media in social change.

  • Dr. Andrew W. Ishak


    Andrew Ishak's work is focused on communication of teams and organizations that work in high-pressure situations, such as tactical police units, fire crews, and sports teams. He is the co-editor of a forthcoming book on sports and identity.

  • Melan Jaich

    Program Director

    Melan Jaich directs the forensics program for the university and is also coordinator for the Communication Department student internships.

  • Barbara Kelley

    Senior Lecturer

    Barbara Kelley teaches a variety of journalism courses and serves as director of the journalism emphasis. She is a journalist, regular Huffington Post columnist, keynote speaker and the co-author of "Undecided: How to Ditch the Endless Quest for Perfect and Find the Career and Life That's Right for You."

  • Charlotta Kratz

    Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

    Lotta Kratz teaches classes in media studies, diversity, technology, and visual communication (still photography). In 2013, she has shown photography in shows in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

  • Dr. Stephen Lee

    Associate Professor/Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

    Stephen Lee's current research examines the production and dissemination of popular music, the film industry and the changing nature of television production. His work has been published in journals such as Popular Music and the Journal of Media Economics.

  • Dr. Yahia K. Mahamdi

    Associate Professor

    Yahia Mahamdi teaches a variety of courses in digital film production and global cinema. He is the the director of the shorts "City of Dreams," "The Rainy Season," and "The last Farm in the City," and the feature-length documentaries "Thank You For Your Patience" and "Cease and Desist."

  • Dr. Emile McAnany

    Professor Emeritus

    Emile McAnany has focused his research on the social and cultural impacts of various communication technologies in Third World countries, especially Latin America.

  • Helen Otero

    Office Manager/Sr. Administrative Assistant



  • Dr. Chad Raphael


    Chad Raphael teaches courses on communication and technology, law, journalism, and the environment. His scholarship focuses on political communication, including journalism and politics, public deliberation in citizen forums, and the use of web sites and games for civic education and engagement.

  • Dr. Sreela Sarkar

    Assistant Professor

    Sreela Sarkar's areas of research and teaching include global media studies, postcolonial studies, feminist theory and methods, urban studies, and critical policy and legal studies.

  • Fern Silva

    Instructional Technologist

    Fern Silva is an accomplished technology professional with experience in directing an Information Services department; the planning, design and implementation of diverse multi-vendor customer training labs, vendor compatibility load and stress labs; and UNIX development environments, including Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, SGI IRIX and Linux. Mr. Silva is also a technical consultant to business owners and individuals.

  • Paul A. Soukup, S.J.

    Department Chair/Professor

    Technology and communication, religious communication



  • Dr. SunWolf


    SunWolf is a former trial attorney, now a social scientist studying persuasion, social behavior, and storytelling. Her books and research have received numerous national awards, including a university award for a faculty member whose scholarly work over five years represents a major contribution to a field of knowledge.

  • Chan Thai

    Assistant Professor

    Chan Thai teaches courses on communication and technology, health communication, and the strategic design of communication campaigns to promote behavior change.



  • Michael Whalen

    Knight-Ridder/San Jose Mercury News Endowed Professor and Professor

    Michael Whalen is a documentary filmmaker who teaches screenwriting, film/tv production and history courses on Hollywood and the U.S. film/television industry. Prior to returning to Santa Clara to teach, he spent 10 years living in Los Angeles as a working television writer, producer and director.

  • Gordon Young

    Senior Lecturer/Media Advisor

    Gordon Young teaches a variety of journalism courses and serves as faculty advisor for the university's student newspaper, yearbook, and community radio station. He is the author of "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City."