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
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
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