Faculty News

Priya RamanPriya Raman

Congratulations to Dr. Priya Raman on earning her tenure, and promotion to Associate Professor. Dr. Raman completed her B.Sc. (Computer Science, OUCW) and PGDCM (Account Management and Media Planning, MICA), worked with the Starcom MediaVest Group across various partnerships ([Chaitra]Leo Burnett, Dentsu, Orchard), and then earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of intergroup communication, intercultural communication, mass communication, media effects, and quantitative research methods. Her research can be found in the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Journal of Family Communication, Howard Journal of Communications, Academic Exchange Quarterly, and Southern Journal of Communication. Dr. Raman teaches Graduate Seminars in Media Effects Theory, and Quantitative Research Methods, and the Undergraduate Senior Seminar, as well as undergraduate courses in Intercultural Communication, and Quantitative Communication Inquiry. In addition to her service on the University’s IRB committee, the College’s RSCA committee, and various departmental committees in the Department of Communication Studies, Dr. Raman has also served as the Associate Research Director of SPRI, SJSU.


Matthew SpanglerMatthew Spangler

The National Communication Association recognized Dr. Matthew Spangler with the Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance.

The NCA nominating committee wrote: “Matthew Spangler, a scholar-artist-teacher of the first-rank, has an impressive and expanding list of accomplishments for the stage, including a recent award-winning production of Albatross, his solo-play play based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which has been presented off-Broadway at 59E59, in Boston at the Poet’s Theatre and at the New Repertory Theatre, at the Arizona Theatre Company in Phoenix, and in Edinburgh. The performances won two prestigious Elliot Norton Theatre Awards in 2015 (Best Solo Show and Best Production by a small theatre). His adaptations of Khaled Hosseini’s and T. C. Boyle’s fiction movingly address issues of immigration, poverty, the plight of refugees, and environmental destruction. His play adapted from The Kite Runner has received 14 productions at major theatres across North America, the UK, and Israel, the most recent being a six-month-long run on London’s West End, followed by a UK-wide tour. Spangler has also received three major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create live performance work with a group of nationally selected participants on the theme of immigration to California. Matthew Spangler’s body of work is distinguished for the deep humanity and ethical sensibility he brings to life on stage and through his incisive scholarship. His work moves across boundaries of nationality, race, and culture to create narratives of compassion and empathy transcending difference.”