Carole L. Huston, PhD
Professor, Communication Studies
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Carole Huston, PhD, joined USD’s faculty in 1989. She is a professor of Communication Studies and Gender Studies, and currently serves as associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. She has taught lower and upper division courses in communication theory, research methods, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and the gender studies senior seminar. Her research interests include family business communication as the juncture between interpersonal and organizational communication. She has also served at the director of the Center for Educational Excellence, focusing on faculty development programs for the university community.
Ph.D., University of Washington, Speech Communication
M.A., California State University, Fresno; Speech Communication
B.A., California State University, Northridge; Psychology
Scholarly and Creative Work
Huston has completed several research projects in interpersonal and organizational communication (relational betrayal, compliance-gaining strategies), culminating both interests in a study of the communication patterns of staff and family members of a family business. She has also authored two textbooks, one in research methods and one in interpersonal communication. She was the recipient of a University Professorship in 2003.
Huston has taught numerous courses since arriving in 1989. She has taught lower division courses in communication and public speaking, and upper division coursework in communication theory, research methods, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and team-taught a family business communication with a faculty member from the School of Business Administration. The interpersonal and intercultural communication courses have also been offered as part of the study abroad program in France. Additionally, she has taught the introductory course and senior seminar in Gender Studies. Huston’s teaching philosophy focuses on teaching and learning as a collaborative process with responsibilities for achieving educational goals shared with her students.