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Note to Fall 2019 Comm 1 Students: Please purchase the text Speak Up! by Fraleigh and Tuman, Fourth Edition. All other materials for the course are available on Canvas. Log onto our Canvas course shell and when you click on "Modules" you will see the Comm 1 Course Syllabus and the Comm 1 Course Calendar for your section. We will NOT be using the Canvas Calendar function. Also, please know that the best way to contact me is via my email: as I check my email several times per day and may go days without checking Canvas. See you soon! I look forward to meeting you and having a great semester.


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1976 B.A. in Speech Communication from California State University, Fresno
1978 M.A. in Rhetoric from University of California, Davis

Academic Experience

1986 - present Faculty, Communication Studies Santa Rosa Junior College
1982 - 1986 Faculty, Speech and English, Chabot College - Valley Campus
1981 - 1982 Faculty, Sabbatical Leave Replacement, Speech, Diablo Valley College
1979 - 1981 Faculty, Speech, Coffeyville Community College
1977 - 1979 Lecturer, Rhetoric, University of California, Davis
1976 - 1977 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Rhetoric, University of California, Davis

A native Californian, I was born and raised in Fresno, one of the most diverse communities in the state. My ethnicity is Armenian and Greek, and all four of my grandparents emigrated to the United States around the time of WWI. I am a child of the 60s, and when I was growing up there was a great music scene in my hometown and I was fortunate to go to a high school that had an emphasis on the performing arts. As a student at Theodore Roosevelt High School, I was very active in speech and drama. These interests and experiences became the basis for my path in higher education which culminated in becoming a first generation college graduate with a B.A. in Speech Communication from CSU Fresno and an M.A. from UC Davis in Rhetoric. As a student at CSU Fresno, I competed on the speech and debate team where I engaged with some of the most intelligent and insteresting students I had ever met. We had some great coaches who helped us win many awards in individual events and debate. My primary events were Oral Interpretation of Literature and Persuasive Speaking. Because of speech, college is where education really "clicked" for me, and I graduated from CSU Fresno summa cum laude. Doing well as an undergrad paid off because I was rewarded with a graduate teaching assistantship at UC Davis. It was there that I was mentored as a teacher by several fine professors. Upon receiving my master's degree, I taught Speech and coached the speech team at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.  After two years, I returned to California where, again, I taught and coached the speech teams at Diablo Valley College and Chabot College-Valley Campus (now Las Positas College). In 1986, I left the east bay to teach at Santa Rosa Junior College. During much of my time at SRJC, I have coached Forensics for the highly successful Bearcubs Speech and Debate Team, with an emphasis on public speaking, oral interpretation of literature and readers theatre. In the Fall 1991 semester, I had the great honor and pleasure to teach in the SRJC London Semester Abroad Program. In addition, I've served as Chair of the Communication Studies Department for four years. Over the years, I have especially enjoyed serving on the Academic Senate's Graduation Speaker Committee and coaching the student speakers . My 33 years at SRJC have been very rewarding as I love seeing the changes and growth that occur in my students every semester. I live in Santa Rosa with my husband Patrick, also an educator. We have two wonderful children, Sean and Masha.

Note: The required textbook for Comm 1 is titled Speak Up! by Fraleigh and Tuman, Fourth Edition.  Class Canvas pages have been activated!

Instructor’s Philosophy

I believe that public speaking is one of the most important and practical skills that college students study and learn. It is a key factor in any individual’s sense of personal power and success in the community and in the world. My hope is that the class you take from me will help you “find your voice.”

I have been teaching public speaking since 1979, and have taught at SRJC since 1986. I have coached intercollegiate competitive speech, debate, oral interpretation of literature and readers theatre for many years. Countless students that I have coached have won state and national awards and gone on to land great jobs and live successful lives. I bring those high standards to the classroom, and I have the experience and skills to help you achieve to those standards. I believe that every student has the capability to be a good, if not great, public speaker and presenter. This level of success is not going to happen by slacking off. You will achieve as much in a class as you put into it. If you attend class, read the textbook, follow my instructions, and practice sufficiently, you will improve your skills and do well in communication classes.



Honors and Awards

2009- Sabbatical Leave study of best practice teaching techniques in public speaking

1997- Sabbatical Leave study of intercultural communication

1993 - Gold Medal at Phi Rho Pi National Tournament, Readers Theatre, "An Acceptable Level of Violence" (Director)

1992 - Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society Award for Outstanding Instructor Performance

1992 - Guest Director, Institute for Readers Theatre, London

1991 - Instructor, London Semester Abroad Program

1991 - Gold Medal at CCCFA State Tournament, Readers Theatre, "Don Juan: El Burlador de Sevilla" (Director)

1991 - Service Award, Phi Rho Pi

1990 - Distinguished Service Award, CCCFA

1990 - Gold Medal at CCCFA State Tournament, Readers Theatre, "Beyond the Barricades" (Director)

1988 - Featured Performer, Northern California Oral Interpretation Festival, SF State University

1987 - Featured Performer, Northern California Oral Interpretation Festival, CSU Hayward

1987 - Bronze Medal at Phi Rho Pi National Tournament, Readers Theatre, "White Canvas" (Director)

1986 - Gold Medal at CCCFA State Tournament, Readers Theatre, "TV or Not TV?" (Director)

1984 - Gold Medal at Phi Rho Pi National Tournament, Readers Theatre, "The Missing Piece" (Director)

1978 - Hayward Conference in Rhetorical Criticism - Best Paper at Conference

1974 - Third Place, Persuasive Speaking, Western Speech Communication (WSCA) Tournament

1973 - First Place, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Western Speech Communication (WSCA) Tournament

1972 - Baccalaureate Speaker, Theodore Roosevelt High School