Jennifer Robinson

Biography

As a first generation college student I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to attend college.  I was the first in my immediate family to obtain a graduate degrees.  With my academic background and teaching experience now in the Communication field, I possess a deep interest in education, culture and identity. I am also excited about being proactively involved in the shaping and advancement of the future of many students by having been committed to teaching for the past 10 years.

My first two years as an undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach was a life altering experience which brought me to enjoy education as I do now.  I decided to take a few Black Studies courses in an effort to boost my academic standing and to give myself some time to think about what a new major would be.  Taking these classes turned out to be one of the best decisions I had ever made for myself and serendipitously, I discovered the fulfillment that I did not even know I was looking for in education.  After becoming enthralled and feeling a personal connection to the curriculum, I knew I wanted to connect with students in this same way. I was so amazed at the numerous areas of study within the area of Black Studies and this began my appreciation for cultural studies.

As I applied this passion for both education and cultural studies to a graduate program in Communication Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, I became even more interested in the communication processes of African Americans and how it affects the maintenance of family and cultural identity.  My interest in communication came as a result of my work experience with middle and high school students where I  realized that the factors that influenced the students to connect to their academics, each other and their outside lives relied heavily on communication.  It was at that time that I knew my future goals would be to work in an area of communication because of its ability to influence people toward action.   Now, years later, I have continued to fuel my passion for education and have obtained a Masters degree in Interpersonal Communication and a doctoral degree in Intercultural Communication.   I am glad to have had the opportunity to address my passion for research done about African Americans by studying communication at the intersection of cultural studies. I am now most proud of the personal lessons I have learned through my experiences. I have always been intrigued by the way I can apply what I have learned in college and my personal experiences to help those who did not have the chance to go to college or to influence others to want to be students in college. Teaching students to enjoy education is one of the most fulfilling parts of my job. 

Education

2015- Ph.D. Communication Studies (Conferred May, 2015)

Intercultural Communication Emphasis

Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, AZ

Hugh Downs School of Human Communication (HDSHC)

 

Persisting Through the Inevitable: A Qualitative Study Highlighting the Communication and Identity Experiences of Black Male Students at Predominantly White Institutions

 

2015-Graduate Certificate in African & African American Studies

 

2007- M.A. Speech Communication

California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), CA

  • Primary Concentration: Interpersonal Communication
  • Secondary Concentration: Intercultural Communication

 

2004- B.A. Black Studies

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), CA

Courses

Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
COM 453 Communication Training/Develop
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 230 Small Group Communication
COM 300 Comm in Interdiscipl Studies
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 300 Comm in Interdiscipl Studies
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 453 Communication Training/Develop
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 225 Public Speaking
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 225 Public Speaking
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 453 Communication Training/Develop
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 259 Comm Bus & the Professions
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 225 Public Speaking
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 207 Intro to Communication Inquiry
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 400 Communication in Professions
COM 430 Leadership Group Communication
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 312 Comm, Conflict & Negotiation
COM 453 Communication Training/Develop
Summer 2014
Course Number Course Title
COM 207 Intro to Communication Inquiry
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
COM 230 Small Group Communication
COM 263 Elements Intercultural Comm
COM 453 Communication Training/Develop
COM 494 Special Topics
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 263 Elements Intercultural Comm
COM 300 Comm in Interdiscipl Studies
COM 494 Special Topics