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New Dean Named for College of Communication and Education

Date: 12-18-2013

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Angela Trethewey, director of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University, has been named dean of California State University, Chico’s College of Communication and Education.

Trethewey will start in her new position at CSU, Chico on Jan. 17, 2014. She replaces Maggie Payne, who has served as interim dean since 2011.

Prior to assuming her current post at Arizona State, Trethewey served as a faculty member in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. Even earlier, she was a faculty member in the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Washington.

Trethewey received her doctorate in organizational communication from Purdue University, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication Studies and Masters of Arts in Human Communication Studies from CSU, Chico.

Trethewey’s scholarly and service activities focus on the connections among organizing practices, power and identity as applied to culture, workplaces, private and family lives, and individual identities. Her research has been published in the Journal of Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research and other leading journals in the discipline. In 2002 she received the Master Teacher Award from the Western States Communication Association.

“Dr. Trethewey has established a strong track record in fostering student success at both the undergraduate and graduate levels,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Belle Wei in a message to campus. “She is a strong supporter of faculty research and has been successful in helping to secure external funding on two multiyear, multimillion dollar projects that included a Research Center for Strategic Communication. Dr. Trethewey has also established a strong track record in promoting and supporting diversity among the faculty and staff in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication that she leads.”

“I am very excited to begin working with the faculty and students of California State University, Chico,” said Trethewey. “I have long admired and valued Chico's commitment to student success and lifelong learning. Indeed, it was at Chico that I was encouraged to explore the world of ideas and to use those ideas to expand my world and my sense of possibility. Professionally, I am eager to contribute to that mission and to be of service in forwarding it. Personally, my connection to Chico runs deep. My mother graduated from the School of Education, I am an alumna of the communication studies program, and I met my husband in a gender and communication course at Chico State. I am thrilled to rejoin the Chico State family.”