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Faculty > Kati Ireland



Title: Communication Instructor
Office Location: PB1
Email: kireland@gavilan.edu



PEDAGOGY PHILOSOPHY:

We interact with many different people from many different parts of our lives: co-workers, classmates, family members, friends, etc. Communication transcends the classroom, and may have a transformative effect on the greater society. The classroom is a space where we may practically apply the skills that we discuss with many different types of people with many different experiences. Itís a space to talk about how communication creates, communication reinforces, and communication destroys. In pressing the importance of our communication, I create an inclusive environment where students are free to practice, ask questions, and interact with the other in a way that they have never felt comfortable doing before. All voices are encouraged, all voices are heard, and all voices are considered. It is through others that we learn more about ourselves.


EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:

  • M.A. in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Pedagogy, SJSU
  • B.A. in in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations, Univ. of the Pacific
  • Certified in Community Dialogue Facilitation, Public Dialogue Consortium




  • BIOGRAPHY:

    Kati attended Presentation High School in San Jose, and then attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton where she played Division 1 water polo and graduated with her BA in Communication. Immediately following her undergraduate coursework, Kati went to work in higher education working in fundraising and event planning at the Stanford Alumni Association and then Stanford Law School. After a few years in that arena, she changed jobs and entered the public sector, working in project management for a solar company. Realizing that she missed education, and feeling her calling to teaching more than ever, she decided to return to graduate school where she obtained her MA in Communication Studies and finally fulfilled her calling to teach. Kati is a big Giants fan and fills her spare time with her loving dogs.


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