Communication Research Methods
Darin Garard is a tenured professor and the course director for Communication Theory and Communication Research Methods. He has been teaching at Santa Barbara City College since 1998. Dr. Garard earned his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, where he studied instructional communication, pedagogy, and student learning styles. His current research interests include studying the individual and societal implications of social media, persuasive advertising campaigns, and person-centered message production.
Introduction to Communication
Mass Media and Society
Sarah Alford Hock is a tenured professor and the course director for Introduction
to Communication and Mass Media and Society. She has been teaching in the Communication
Department since 2000. Prof. Hock has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication Studies
and Spanish from Westmont College and a Master’s Degree in Communication from Pepperdine
University. Her research interests include studying current trends in brand management
and the micro and macro level impacts of social media in culture. In 2005, Prof.
Hock was one of 20 faculty nationwide selected to participate in the Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences Faculty Program in Hollywood. She is also the Faculty Adviser for
the Alpha Beta Chapter of the Sigma Chi Eta Honor Society. SBCC’s Alpha Beta Chapter
of Sigma Chi Eta has been awarded National Chapter of the Year four times. In 2016,
Prof. Hock was awarded National Faculty Adviser of the Year for her work with Sigma
Communication in Organizations
Carrie Hutchinson is a tenured professor and the course director for Interpersonal Communication and Communication in Organizations. She earned her M.A. from CSU Fullerton with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication, and her Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara specializing in Interpersonal and Intergroup Communication. Dr. Hutchinson enjoys applying communication theory in foreign contexts by leading students on study abroad programs to destinations such as Australia, India, Rwanda, South Africa and Cuba. Dr. Hutchinson writes about human communication for both academic and popular culture publications. Learn more at carriehutchinson.com.
Internship in Communication
Tina Kistler is a tenured professor and the course director for Intercultural Communication. She has been teaching at City College since 1999. She currently teaches the Intercultural Communication courses but has also taught Small Group, Public Speaking, and Interpersonal Communication. During her tenure at Santa Barbara City College she has led two study two study abroad trips to Australia, served as Faculty Advisor to the Students’ Coalition, a student club focused on activating students in Social Justice projects, served for ten years as Department Chair, and has been actively involved in campus governance. She has worked on many educational and curricular projects across campus and advocates for a student-centric and holistic approach to learning. She is currently activating this approach in her current role as Project Director for iPATH, a General Education Transfer Program which helps students to successfully achieve their transfer goals. Tina earned her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Argumentation and Debate
Cameron Sublett, Ph.D. is a tenured professor and the course director for Public Speaking
and Argumentation and Debate. Professor Sublett also directs the Louis Lancaster Public Speaking Tournament, which
is held every spring semester at SBCC. He joined the SBCC Department of Communication faculty in 2008 after graduating from
and subsequently teaching at San Diego State University. Professor Sublett earned
his doctorate in Education Policy, Leadership and Research Methodology from UC Santa
Barbara. His research focuses on education policy, program evaluation in higher education
and the economics of education.