Human comm professor captures
two major awards for teaching, research
Dr. Stella Ting-Toomey (Human
Communications Studies) is a perfect example
of what the California State University
system believes in – “to combine the best
qualities of teaching and research universities
where actively engaged students, faculty, and staff
work in close collaboration to expand knowledge.”
This year Ting-Toomey was recognized with
the university’s highest honor, the Outstanding
Professor Award. University President Milton
Gordon said of her, “… She is an exceptional
teacher … and one who gives generously to the
university as well as to local and global communities.”
Besides that, she also was chosen to receive
the 2008 California State University Wang Family
Award, a system-wide award of $20,000 to only
four faculty members for their contributions to
their academic disciplines and their impact on students.
Ting-Toomey has become an expert in intercultural
communication and intercultural conflict, her
major teaching and research areas. In fact, two
new theories involving conflict and cultural differences
have been established by her: the conflict
face negotiation and identity negotiation theories.
“Ting-Toomey exemplifies the perfect professor
… a consummate scholar, an excellent classroom
teacher who gives back to her department, college,
the university and the community. We are fortunate that she is a member of our faculty,”
wrote the dean of the College of Communications,
Dr. Rick Pullen, in nominating her for the top faculty
Ting-Toomey’s vitae is decorated with 17
authored, co-authored, edited or co-edited books
-- 12 since joining the faculty at CSUF in 1989.
“She is one of the top three scholars in intercultural
communication,” said Linda L. Putnam, professor
of communication at UC Santa Barbara.
“Dr. Ting-Toomey possesses an important
trait for a mentor: selfless advancement of the
academic pursuits of those that she mentors.”
said Angela K. Hoppe-Nagao, chair and professor
of speech communication studies at Cerritos
Community College and former graduate student
of Ting-Toomey at CSUF.
“Stella’s personal story of an immigrant’s
struggle and triumph over adversity, cruel stereotypes
and great challenges has inspired a
generation of her students who now dedicate their
energies to defining the theory and research in
the field of intercultural communication,” said
Dr. John Reinard, chair of human communication
studies, in the May 2008 issue of Inside.
But despite the international, national and local
recognitions – and they are many – Ting-Toomey
remains dedicated to those she encounters daily.
“There are so many dedicated and remarkable
faculty on campus,” Ting-Toomey said. “More
importantly, I really want to thank the engaging
students who are all so willing to stretch and use
their infinite imagination on this learning journey.
You are all so very precious to me.”