Leeva Chung, PhD

Leeva Chung
Phone: (619) 260-5966
Fax: (619) 260-4205
Office: Camino Hall 126F

Professor, Communication Studies

  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Communication Studies
  • M.A., California State University at Fullerton, Communication Studies
  • B.A., San Francisco State University, Communication Studies (with a minor in Asian American Studies)

Leeva C. Chung, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1998. She is a professor of Communication Studies, an affiliate faculty member in Ethnic Studies, and faculty onsite coordinator for the Hong Kong intersession. Chung has developed a unique and innovative style of teaching recognized with numerous awards on campus, such as the prestigious Davies Award for Teaching Excellence, Faculty Changemaker Champion, Outstanding Preceptor Award, and the Innovation in Community Engagement Award. The City of San Diego awarded her the Leeva Chung day on December 16, 2016, for her work with Pure Water San Diego. Both her undergraduate courses and research focus on identity development, intercultural communication, and team development. She has published a popular intercultural textbook with Dr. Stella-Ting-Toomey, book chapters, and research articles. Chung is actively involved in the community, specifically with the San Diego Asian Film Festival, which premiered at USD in 2000. Since then, it has gained an international reputation as one of North America's leading Asian American film festivals.

Areas of Expertise

Ethnic and Global Identity Teaching Innovation

Areas of Interest

Dr. Chung's teaching style bridges the classroom to the corporate workplace. Since 2006, Chung has worked closely with alumnus Daniel McArdle-Jaimes (2005), who serves as a professional mentor and helps empower students by offering hands-on exercises to utilize their leadership, communication and problem solving skills in the classroom. In addition to teaching departmental classes, Chung has participated in a team-taught, interdisciplinary courses.  Dr. Chung conducts intercultural workshops and speaking engagements across the U.S. and for the past 20 years, has co-taught the "Teaching Intercultural Communication" workshop with Dr. Stella Ting-Toomey, Ph.D., for the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication.