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Resources - Culture and Communications

Graham Benton
Professor and Chair
Department of Culture and Communication
Accreditation Liaison Officer

Academic Specialties: 

  • Maritime literature and culture
  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Maritime Education and Training
  • Accreditation

Kathryn D. Marocchino
Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement
Professor of Social Sciences
Department of Culture and Communication
kmarocchino@csum.edu | (707) 654-1152

Academic Specialties:

  • Thanatology (Death and Dying)
  • Grief, Loss and Bereavement
  • Human Hospice
  • Animal Hospice (Veterinary Hospice Care)
  • Literature of the Fantastic
  • Public Speaking/Speech Communication/Rhetoric
Other Topics:
As a bereavement support facilitator and grief counselor, Dr. Marocchino can speak to any issues that deal with loss or sudden/traumatic death, as well as crisis management, specifically on the university campus.

Vivienne McClendon
Director, Center for Engagement, Teaching and Learning
vmcclendon@csum.edu | (510) 334-1572

Academic Specialties:

  • Instructional Technology - Teaching wiht Technology
  • Learning Theory
  • Online Instructional/Blended Practices
  • Qualitative Research and Qualitative Software
  • High Impact Practices
  • Faculty Development
  • Libraries and Library Instruction

Other Topics:
Study aborad, Assessment, Teacher education, Internation Communication, Student retention, Diversity

Dr. Vivienne McClendon has over 25 years experience in education, from grade school to graduate school. Her research centers around effective teaching strategies and improving student learning outcomes.


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