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Professor, Communication Studies

Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Voice and Diction.

Vera Holder has been a faculty member of Rancho Santiago Community College District since 1986 becoming fulltime at Santa Ana College in 1988.  She began her teaching career in 1980 teaching at various colleges including Cypress College, Cerritos College, Fullerton College, El Camino College, Rio Hondo College, and—her alma mater—Long Beach City College.  It was at Long Beach City College where she directed the nationally award winning Forensics Team.  She holds a lifetime California Community College Instructor’s Credential in Language Arts and Literature.  Prof. Holder teaches the transfer-level courses in the Department of Communication Studies including public speaking, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, voice and diction, listening, and oral interpretation.  She co-advises the Communication Studies Club on campus.

Prof. Holder is a product of the community college educational system receiving her Associate of Arts degree in Speech (Long Beach City College).  Her Bachelor of Arts degree is in Speech Communication with emphasis in general theory (CSU Long Beach) and her Master of Arts degree is in Speech Communication with emphasis in rhetorical theory (CSU Northridge).  Post-graduate education includes coursework and certificates in conflict resolution and negotiation and a wide-range of classes regarding understanding cultures.

Perhaps her personal statement found on her syllabi best sums up her teaching philosophy. 

“I enjoy teaching and believe in the value of what I teach. You have each learned how to communicate—you were not talking or thinking about life the way you do now when you were first born.  Most of us need improvement in our ability to communicate. Your attitude about learning and your role in that process will be key factors to your success in this class.  Read.  Think.  Interact with others.  Please see me if you have any questions.  I am here to help!”