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 Photo of Joel Castellaw Department Chair
Joel Castellaw


Building 24, Office 266
tel: 619.644.7805

Mr. Castellaw decided to become an educator when he was a student at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, where he fell in love with the Community College system and its mission to provide a quality education to anyone who wants it. He holds a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Speech Communication from San Diego State University. He likes teaching Communication courses because they give students practical skills that are useful no matter what a person is pursuing in life.

Fall 2014 Student Drop-in Hours:

Monday 12:30-2:00pm

Tuesday 11:00am-12:00pm

Wednesday  12:30-2:00pm

Thursday 11:00am-12:00pm


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Victoria Howitt

Victoria Curran

Building 24, Office 265

tel: 619-644-7771




Tina Perez

Building 24, Office 267
tel: 619.644.7282

Student Drop-in Hours for Fall 2014:

Tuesday         8:00-10:30am

Thursday        8:00-10:30am

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Denise Schulmeyer

Building 24, Office 264
tel: 619.644.7285

Student Drop-in Hours for Fall 2014:

Monday: 8:30-9:00am; 2:00-2:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30-9:00am; 12:30-2:00pm
Wednesday: 2:00-3:30pm; 5:45-6:15pm

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Dr. Jade Solan


Building 24, Office 264
tel: 644-7280

Dr. Jade Solan holds a Doctorate in
Communication & Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Masters in Communication Studies and a Bachelors’ in English from Arizona State University.  She primarily teaches Interpersonal Communication and Communication Studies: Race and Ethnicity. She has explored the interface of Communication with body-mind awareness, personal and relational growth, community building, and expressive arts for over two decades.  She is also an active, certified Nia Brown Belt teacher.

Student Drop-in Hours for Fall 2014:

Monday: 12:30-2:00pm

Tuesday: 11:30am-12:30pm

Wednesday: 12:30-2:00pm

Thursday: 11:30am-12:30pm

 ...and by appointment.

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Sheri Strothers, Ed.D

Building 20, Office 203
tel: 619.644.7242

Dr. Strothers returns to Grossmont College as a Communication teacher after being a student, athlete, and member of Grossmont's student government in the late 1980's. She primarily teaches Public Speaking and Group Communication, with an emphasis on community projects and everyday interaction. Dr. Strothers earned her Doctorate in Education at the University of San Diego, where she focused on adult education, ethics in education, small group studies, and leadership. When not teaching she enjoys serving her community and spending time with her husband, children, dogs and cats in Jamul.

Student Drop-in Hours for Fall 2014:

Tuesday: 10:50am-2:50pm

Thursday:  10:50-11:45am; 1:05-2:00pm

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Roxanne Tuscany

Roxanne Tuscany

Building 22A, Office 200 A5
tel: 619.644.7276

Roxanne Tuscany has an AA. from Normandale C.C. in Bloomington, Minnesota, a B.S. degree from St.Cloud State University, with a double major in Speech Communication and Theatre Arts and a Masters Degree in Speech Communication from CSU, Fresno. Roxanne is the Director of Forensics (the Speech/Debate team), and she primarily teaches Small Group Communication and Public Speaking. Roxanne spent Fall Semester 2000 in Florence, Italy with the SDICCCA Study Abroad Program. When not teaching she enjoys traveling, remodeling her home, and taking care of her many pets.


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Adjunct Faculty

  Melanie Frontz

Melanie Frontz, a Grossmont College alumni, earned her B.A. in Spanish from UCLA, and her M.A. in Communication Studies from SDSU. She teaches Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication.
  Jennifer Gueniot

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  Christina Harrell

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illustration of owl with books Susan Jarboe, Ph.D.

Susan Jarboe (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1986; M.A., University of Oregon, 1973) attended the Francis W. Parker School and Hilltop High School, where she was on the speech and debate team. She selected speech communication as her major at the University of Washington during the height of the free speech movement, because “we talk about important things in communication classes.”  She chose a career in higher education for the same reason: to discuss interesting ideas with intelligent people.  She has taught at Cal State Fresno and Penn State and now teaches at SDSU as well as Grossmont College.  She reads voraciously in a wide range of areas, from murder mysteries to science fiction, from history to theology. She enjoys film and theater. Her musical tastes are eclectic including opera, classical, chant, and taize. She still listens to classic rock and is delighted when she sees a student wearing a T-shirt of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, or (best of all) Pink Floyd.  She engages in regular meditative practice and reads aloud to the visually impaired.


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  Alisha Lenning, Ph.D.

Alisha Lenning earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.  She has an M.A. in Communication from Eastern Michigan University, and a B.A. in Education and Theatre from Muskingum College.  Dr. Lenning has over 15 years of teaching experience at a variety of universities, private schools, and community colleges. 

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Photo of Charmin Lindholm Charmin Lindholm

Ms. Lindholdm graduated from SDSU with an MA in Communication, Interaction Studies. She taught introductory communication classes (public speaking, hybrid) at SDSU and debate at SD City college. She returned from Peace Corps service in June 2006 and really enjoys the luxury of 24 hour running water and electricity!

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Robert Opliger

Robert Opliger earned his B.A. in Speech Communications and M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is both a Navy veteran and a former Peace Corps volunteer. Robert has been an Adjunct Professor at Grossmont College since 2004. He also teaches communication courses at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and DeVry University.  He has his own consulting company, training individuals and groups of people to become effective public speakers. He has been an active member of Toastmasters International since 1986.

ph: (619) 201-7986

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  T. O'Rourke

Mr. O'Rourke brings to the classroom more than twenty years of experience in the corporate world, plus a history of community organization and activism. With a BS in Radio-TV, and an MA in Communication Studies, T teaches Interpersonal and Small Group Communication at Grossmont College, and conducts communication training programs for corporations and non-profit organizations. He borrows his instructional motto from M.A. Van Doren: "Teaching is the art of assisting discovery."

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  Patricia Pollack

Pat Pollack is a graduate of SDSU, receiving both her BA and MA in Speech Communication. She teaches Public Speaking, Communication Basics, and Interpersonal Communication.

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  Samira Rostami
  Furahaa Saba

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  Jessica Smith

tel: 644-7454 x3516

Lisa Stefani

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Kimberlee Wirig

tel: 619.465.1700 x3636

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  Naomi Young


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