Title: Communication Studies Instructor
Office Location: CDC 132
Classroom Location: CDC 110
It is impossible not to communicate on any given day. Whether it is via a phone, email, text, face-to-face conversation or simply listening to others, it is a continuous process that we contribute to that co-creates our reality. I am often reminded of the poignant words spoken by motivational speaker Tony Robbins, “The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.” Therefore, I structure my courses in a way that reflect what you deal with in life and how to improve the quality of your life. While human communication can be complex, there are always skills one can learn that are essential to growth and development in any communication context.
I am known for using a variety of teaching methodologies including lecture, collaborative learning in small groups and dyads, role-playing, television and film analysis, in class activities, and reflective thought. I personally invite you to take a communication course with myself or any of our other dynamic faculty. I am certain you will find it empowering and rewarding.
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
- B.A. in Organizational Communication with a minor in Journalism, CSU Stanislaus
- M.A. in Speech Communication with Emphasis in Communication Education, SJSU
- Certified in Conflict Mediation
- CMAP's Collaborator of the Year Award (3 years in a row) with Marc Turetzky for work in Learning Community
- Gavilan College Education Foundation Board Member, 2002-2012
- Alumni Speaker Gavilan College 87th Annual Graduation Commencement, 2007
- Faculty of the Year 2007, Fine Arts Department
- Recipient of the Western States Communication Association Model Communication Studies Program Award, 2013
- Emcee at Bach to Blues, 2010-2020
- Chair of the Faculty Professional Learning Committee, 2018-present
- Organizer/Facilitator, Annual Communication Studies Alumni Speakers Panel, 2011-present
Besson attended Gilroy High School, completed coursework at Gavilan College and received a B.A. in Organizational Communication with a minor in Journalism from CSU Stanislaus and an M.A. in Speech Communication Education from San Jose State University. In addition, Denise studied abroad traveling through most of Central America and Studied at the Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica. Besson was the first in her immediate family to receive a college degree and began teaching at Gavilan College in 1997. Besson has cited her most rewarding, yet most challenging work is raising and empowering her two beautiful daughters, Kylie and Ava.