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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.



Michelle A. Holling


Department of Communication
California State University San Marcos
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.


Brian Heisterkamp

Department of Communication Studies
California State University San Bernardino
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

First Vice-President

Educational Effectiveness & Institutional Research
California Lutheran University
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.



Donna Gotch

Department of Communication Studies
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA  92407

Donna Gotch is Graduate Teaching Associate Coordinator and a Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, San Bernardino. She teaches Communication Theory, Instructional Communication, Ethical Aspects of Communication and the Teaching Practicum for Graduate Teaching Associates. She earned both her M.A. and B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles.

She is a life member of WSCA and has served the organization in a number of roles, including serving as a Member-at-Large on the Executive Council in 2015-2017, a Delegate-at-Large to the Legislative Assembly in 2014 and 2015, Basic Course Director in 2010, Local Host Co-Chair in 2006 and as Chair of the Communication and Instruction Interest Group.



Mark Bergstrom

College of Humanitites
University of Utah
Language & Communication Building, 0049
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

Mark Bergstrom is a Professor of Communication and Senior Associate Dean of the the College of Humanities at the University of Utah. During the Spring 2014 semester he served as Acting Dean of the College. He served as WSCA Executive Director from 2005 through 2011. Before that time he was an Executive Council Member-at-Large (1997-1999), a Finance Committee Member (and Chair) from 1997 through 2000), and again appointed to that committee for 2003-2004.

He earned his B.S. degree at Washington State University, his M.A. at the University of Montana, and his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. His research and teaching areas are in interpersonal communication and relationships, with particular interests in intergenerational relationships and conflict, bereavement processes, and health care interactions.


Heather Hundley

Department of Communication Studies & Organizational Communication
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street, Box 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 working on co-authoring Rhetorical Theory: An Introduction with Dr. Timothy Borchers. 

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