Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Welcome Our New Faculty Members

We are pleased to announce that two new faculty members will be joining the School of Communication in Fall 2018. Colter Ray is coming to us from Arizona State University where he is finishing his PhD. Dr. Tiffany Dykstra-DeVette comes to us from West Virginia University where she is currently Assistant Professor.

Colter Ray is a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University and will be joining the SDSU School of Communication as an assistant professor in the fall of 2018. Colter’s research focuses on social support following a cancer diagnosis and aims to improve communication between people with cancer and their supporters. Oftentimes his research focuses on the “dark side” of supportive interactions, including instances of unwanted support or times when supporters choose to avoid communicating support. His work often utilizes politeness theory or planning theory as a theoretical framework and employs mixed methods to examine the support process. More recently, Colter is investigating psychological anxiety and physiological stress related to communicating support, as well as reasons people provide for choosing not to support those they know with cancer.

Colter grew up in Houston, Texas and earned his bachelors degree in Public Relations from Texas State University. After a brief stint working for a Fortune 500 company, Colter decided to pursue a career in academia, returning to Texas State University for his masters degree before continuing on to Arizona State University for his doctoral work.

Dr. Dykstra-DeVette earned her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Utah. Prior to joining SDSU, she coached parliamentary debate at Texas Tech University and the University of Utah, before serving as an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University for several years. Taking a community-engaged approach, her research and teaching address ways that organizations collaborate to empower underrepresented communities. Her research explores communication tensions in non-profit organizing, social constructions of empowerment in intercultural interactions, and the critical implications of humanitarian rhetoric.

The content within this article has been edited by Lizbeth Persons.

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