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Faculty > Shelley Medina-Giacalone

Title: Full-Time Communication Instructor
Office Location: PB2G
Office Hours: Mrs. Giacalone will be on a maternity leave during the Fall 2013 semester.


Communication is the underlying phenomenon that creates, sustains, and destroys our social worlds. Everything we do in life involves communication. Understanding how communication works can be a powerful way for students to learn how to shape their social worlds. I truly enjoy sharing my love of communication with my students through enriching readings, reflective activities (both inside and outside of class), stimulating writing assignments, analytical group work, practical role-playing scenarios, important skill-building exercises, and dialogic discussions. My teaching style is conversational and discussion-based, as I hope to continually engage my students in intellectually stimulating conversations involving (but not limited to) communication, culture, power, and identity. My overarching teaching goal is to work with students to understand the complex connections among how our learning inside the classroom applies to other aspects of our academic, professional, and personal lives. I look forward to learning with you!


  • B.A. in Communication Studies, minor in Spanish Literature, UCLA
  • M.A. in Speech Communication, SJSU
  • Intermediate Spanish language certification, Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Campaign Manager: Team In Training
  • Lifetouch Studios, Sales Representative
  • Certified in Mediation through the Office of Human Relations County of Santa Clara


    CommClub President and Rho Alpha Mu President, David DiDenti, honored Instructor Shelley Giacalone for her teaching service at the Rho Alpha Mu Honor Society Awards Ceremony on May 1, 2013.

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