Faculty & Staff

Terry M. Thibodeaux, Ph.D.

Terry M. Thibodeaux, Ph.D.

Professor/Chair, Department of Communication Studies

"I think teaching is the noblest profession.  I feel very fortunate to be able to work in a job where I love what I do and have the opportunity to help students build a better life for themselves."

DRCB 212

936.294.1356

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Carlton Abernathy

Carlton Abernathy

Full Time Lecturer

Keep plugging away at whatever it is you wish to do in life! And, as my father always told me, “if you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on---then, climb right back up!”

DRCB 322 J

936.294.3695

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Shelby Alverson

Shelby Alverson

Part-time Lecturer

"When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.” - Dalai Lama

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Richard Bello, Ph.D.

Richard Bello, Ph.D.

Professor

“The university, especially the Department of Communication Studies, is a great place to be. Most of my students are motivated, friendly, and challenging, and I have formed wonderful working and personal relationships with my colleagues."

DRCB 322 B

936.294.1516

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Frances Brandau, Ph.D.

Frances Brandau, Ph.D.

Professor

"I am one of the lucky few, I have my dream job. It is incredibly rewarding to connect with students and help them reach their goals."

DRCB 322 A

936.294.4668

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Patricia Capps

Patricia Capps

Full Time Lecturer

I have been a member of the faculty at SHSU for many years, and I still love my job! Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. I have been very blessed to have that job. Teaching is a profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If my students remember me as a good teacher, then my career has been a success.

DRCB 325

936.294.3710

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Yixin Chen, Ph.D.

Yixin "Cindy" Chen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

"It takes courage to pursue your dream when many people told you it was unwise and impossible. I believe there is always a chance for success, as long as you try your best."

DRCB 324

936.294.3164

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Terri Jaggers

Terri Jaggers

Clinical Assistant Professor

"My experiences have taught me that life is 10% what happens, and 90% how I react to it.  As a business woman, professional speaker, and community organizer for many years, I have grown to appreciate the benefits of effective communication.  I love my everything about Sam Houston State University and look forward to creating many BearKat memories with my students and colleagues."

DRCB 322 D

936.294.4318

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Kristi Johnson

Kristi Johnson

Full Time Lecturer

“If you want what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done.”- Thomas Jefferson

DRCB 322 J

936.294.3695

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Michelle Plitt

Michelle Plitt

Assistant to the Chair

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” – Maya Angelou

DRCB 212

936.294.1497

Candice Shivers, Ph.D.

Candice Shivers, Ph.D.

Full Time Lecturer

“A genuine effort to understand another person goes a long way in the path to communication.” ~Unknown

DRCB 322 J

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Lisa van Raalte, Ph.D.

Lisa van Raalte, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

“Life is tough my darling, but so are you” – Stephanie Bennett-Henry

DRCB 212 A

936.294.1970

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Melinda R. Weathers, Ph.D.

Melinda R. Weathers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

As a professor, I think it is important to capture students’ passion for learning. By increasing students’ enthusiasm for knowledge, I believe they gain the courage, drive, and understanding needed to succeed as relational beings, professionals, and agents of positive social change.

DRCB 322 E

936.294.1848

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Shuangyue Zhang, Ph.D.

Shuangyue "Shaun" Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor

“I love teaching and doing research in communication. My profession has made me a better and more mature person.”

DRCB 322 C

936.294.1835

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