Dr. Erin Nelson is an Orange County native and loves being part of the family at CUI. Her research interests include interpersonal and family communication with an emphasis on health, specifically how cancer patients manage their uncertainty and disclosures to family members. She has recently been published in Health Communication, an article titled ‘Cyberframing Cancer: An Exploratory Investigation of Valenced Cybercoping on Cancer Blogs.’ She is a member of the National Communication Association and has presented over 25 conference papers, published three book chapters, and is working on many research projects surrounding issues of health and interpersonal communication. She is passionate about teaching and you can definitely tell when you enroll in her classes. She builds personal relationships and helps guide her students toward achieving future aspirations. Feel free to stop by anytime because she loves to get to know our Communication Studies majors!
David P. Schulz received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He then earned a Master of Arts from the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he coached the speech and debate team and taught courses in public speaking, argumentation, and interpersonal communication from 1996 to 1998. Schulz moved to State College, Pennsylvania where he attended the Pennsylvania State University and earned a doctorate in Speech Communication in the spring of 2002. While at Penn State, David served as the University’s coordinator for the statewide continuing education and distance learning program and administered an annual presentational assessment of doctoral students in the College of Engineering. Dr. Schulz also offered training programs across the state for corporations such as IBM and Tyco. In 2002, Dr. Schulz accepted a full time assistant professorship at CSU, Stanislaus. As a member of the Communication Studies Department faculty, David taught courses in Rhetorical Theory, Persuasive Messages, Intercultural Communication, and Advanced Presentational Speaking. He conducted a number of training programs for Kaiser, Emmanuel Hospital and other organizations. In 2006, Dr. Schulz accepted an offer to design and chair a new Communications department at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Washington. He led two study abroad trips to Greece and Italy, taught courses such as Rhetorical Theory, Persuasive Campaigns, and Research Methods and assumed the role of Associate Dean before the college closed in 2016. Schulz has been teaching at Concordia University Irvine since 2016 where he is Chair of the Communication Studies Department, a CUI Bono member, and a mentor for students in CUI’s Summer Research Institute (SRI). Dr. Schulz has published numerous peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and coauthored a book on social movements that is used in undergraduate courses across the United States and around the world.
We are what we speak.
Channels and patterns through which people consume news in a "platform agnostic" environment
Professor Wong loves going out on the occasional assignment with our student journalists. "Great things are happening at Concordia and we have the privilege of capturing them in our student newspaper, The Concordia Courier," she states.