College of Arts & Sciences


Ryan Medders, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Associate Professor
University of California, Santa Barbara 2014

Jonathan Cordero, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of California at Santa Barbara 2001
Cultural Sciology and California Indian Studies

Monica Gracyalny, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Arizona State University 2011
Interpersonal, nonverbal, and relational communication, persuasion, quantitative research methods, research ethics

Veronica Guerrero, Ed.D.

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Professor, Business Administration
Pepperdine University

Aaron Heresco, Ph. D

Associate Professor, Communication
Pennsylvania State University 2014
Media Studies, Media Industries, Critical Communication

Kirstie Hettinga, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
The Pennsylvania State University 2011
News media accuracy, newspaper corrections, student journalism

George J. Owens, MBA

Visiting Lecturer
MBA, Pepperdine University
Marketing, Branding, Market Research, Management, Strategy

Dru Pagliassotti, Ph.D.

University of Southern California 1996
Writing, editing, web design, film theory, semiotics of art and visual media, gender studies, critical theory

Jean Kelso Sandlin, EdD

Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary Studies & Community Outreach and Professor
California Lutheran University 2012
Strategic communication, public relations, advertising, campaign development, social media, authenticity, creativity

Russell L. Stockard Jr., Ph.D., M.B.A., A.M.

Stanford University 1979
Cultural and media studies, critical discourse analysis, diaspora studies, disaster studies, environmental communication, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, place and tourism marketing, sports and entertainment marketing, sports communication