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Lisa Dunne - Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Communication

Dr. Lisa Dunne, the Chair of SDCC's Department of Communication, is an award-winning educator, author, and speaker. For the last 17 years, she has taught at the high school, college and university levels in the fields of communication and psychology. She holds a Ph.D. in human development and a Master's degree in communication studies, and she is the author of several books, including Emerge: Cracking the Cocoon of Media Socialization (written with Teen Mania’s Joel Johnson), SHIFT: Creating Cultural Change, and co-author of Numb. Her latest book, Relating through the Lifespan, is a biosocial Christian perspective on lifespan development and intergenerational mentoring. 

Dr. Dunne’s educational accolades include honors from Who's Who among America's Teachers, a number of national and state writing awards, and recognition from the City and County of San Francisco for her work in the two-year college system. As Chair, Dr. Dunne wants to foster a collaborative classroom environment where students will be challenged to reach their full potential as dynamic and engaging culture-shapers. "We desire for students to embrace excellence in every form of communication, from virtual to interpersonal, honing their gifts and talents to make a lasting impact for Christ.”

Dr. Dunne has been married to her British husband, Adrian, for 22 years, and together, they founded a nonprofit educational outreach program that connects parents and local churches in lifelong learning initiatives. The Dunnes live in San Diego, California with their children, Ethan (15), Cymone (9). Dr. Dunne finds great joy in coaching and teaching Millennials, helping them discover God's purpose and passion for their lives.

Josh Cangelosi - Instructor/Speech and Debate 

At SDCC, Josh is known for coaching the Speech and Debate Team and teaching communication. As an interdisciplinary humanities instructor, however, he also teaches philosophy and English. In the spirit of the studia humanitatis, Josh values education’s guidance of intellect toward wisdom, will toward virtue, speech and writing toward eloquence, and spirit toward God. 

Besides teaching undergraduate students, Josh also has a passion for working with grade school students. As the Director of Humanities at NEI Education, he teaches English and speech and debate to middle school and high school students. He also teaches creative writing to elementary students in the Del Mar Union School District. Regardless of the age group he’s teaching, he always strives to make learning exciting and fun. 

Josh graduated summa cum laude with a BA from Point Loma Nazarene University after double majoring in philosophy and literature and debating competitively. He earned his MA in humanities and social thought from the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program at New York University. 

Anyone interested in joining the SDCC Speech and Debate Team and receiving a forensics scholarship should contact Josh at  

Phillip Van Saun - Instructor  

Phillip Van Saun is the Director of emergency services at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and co-chair of the campus behavioral threat assessment and management team. Prior to UCSD Phillip was an Assistant Chief in the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. From 1987-1991 he served with Marine One and was assigned to the emergency response mission. He is a graduate and served as an instructor of the White House Military Office Executive Support Program. He is a visiting professor of crisis management at Saint George’s University, an adjunct professor of communication and management at San Diego Christian College and a guest lecturer in the urban studies program at UCSD. He holds an MA in communication, summa cum laude, from Trinity International University. 

Kaitlin Brooks Wilbur - Instructor 

Kaitlin Brooks is a graduate of San Diego Christian College, receiving her BA in Communication, and her MA in Communication from San Diego State University . While at SDCC, she was awarded the Communication Department Outstanding Junior and Senior awards, was on the dean’s list for all of her eight semesters, and was an award winning speaker on the SDCC Speech and Debate Team. She is currently completing her third semester at San Diego State University toward a master's degree in communication and currently teaches upper and lower division communication classes at both San Diego State University and San Diego Christian College. 

Kyle Ferguson - Adjunct Instructor

Kyle Ferguson is a graduate of Spring Arbor University (Michigan) with a Master of Arts in Communication. His primary research was based in media effects on the millennial generation. Kyle also obtained a bachelor’s degree from York College (Nebraska) in communication with a minor in religious studies. 
Kyle is currently an admissions counselor at San Diego Christian College in addition to adjunct faculty in the communication department and the Adult Professional Studies (APS) program. He has taught public speaking and communication concepts in business within the APS program. In addition, Kyle is an online teaching assistant for Ashford University. 

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