Dean's Message

From the Dean: September 2020 

Welcome back to school and to perhaps the strangest start to a semester in recent memory. As you all know by now, most classes at Cal State Fullerton and in the College of Communications for this fall and next spring are being held remotely, as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of all Titans. 

Please know that your professors worked really hard over the summer to enhance their online teaching abilities and to transition their classes to this new way of teaching students. For the few classes that our College is offering in person, your professors worked closely with Associate Dean Dr. Deanna Leone to ensure that safety protocols are in place to keep everyone safe while learning on campus. 

While we would all rather be learning, teaching, and gathering together totally in person, that is just not our reality right now. Thanks to everyone for your patience with your classes, with your professors, with your classmates, and with yourselves. Remember that we are all in this together, and we can help each other through this time. We’ll get through this! 

Meanwhile, even as some things are very different, other things are very much the same. This includes our College’s longstanding commitment to advancing a democratic society, which this fall takes on even more significance given the 2020 elections and our College theme of “representation.”

The College leadership team – which includes the three deans and the four department chairs – are united in our very strong belief that democracy is participatory, and sustaining that democracy requires personal commitment and effort by each individual, in their own chosen way. In the case of U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote, casting a ballot on or by Election Day (Nov. 3) is an important choice that we support. 

No matter who or what you are voting for or against, the act of voting is itself a decision to actively support our democracy, rather than sitting on the sidelines. For this reason, we are calling all college professorsPDF File to encourage eligible students to vote in this year’s elections. 

Titans have many opportunities for civic engagement this fall, and I encourage you to get involved. Choose involvement. Choose participation. Choose democracy. 

Take care, and stay safe. 

Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR
Dean
College of Communications