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Carol Josselyn, Ph.D.

Communication Studies Instructor

Fine Arts and Communication Division

Communication Studies


Foothill campus


Traveling and exploring new places, making batiks, sailing, biking, learning new languages, research and writing


Dr. Carol Josselyn received her BA from Occidental College, MA from Southern Illinois University and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She spent her junior year in Japan teaching English and returned three more times, most recently with Foothill’s Campus Abroad Program. During her graduate school years, Dr. Josselyn spent nine months backpacking around the world, through Europe, the Middle East, and Asia ending up in Japan where she researched her doctoral dissertation on Japanese theater.
Dr. Josselyn has taught at the university level including the University of Puget Sound, Southern Oregon State University, and Cal State University, Los Angeles, but prefers the community college because of the emphasis on teaching. She has taught a variety of subjects including Interpersonal Communication, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Small Group Communication, Voice and Diction, Public Speaking, Communication for International Students, Gender Communication and most recently Intercultural Communication.
Dr. Josselyn enjoys being a student too and spent a sabbatical year in France studying French language and culture and the troubadours of the Middle Ages. Most recently she took an educational tour of the British Isles. She researched and wrote two textbooks specifically designed for her Foothill College students, “How to Give an Effective Presentation,” and “How to Communicate More Effectively in Groups.” The latter is available on Kindle at Dr. Josselyn is very active in campus life having served on the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Committee, Chair of the Student Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, the Academic Senate, Curriculum Committee, Student Grievance Committee and numerous hiring and tenure committees. She is dedicated to her students, helping to ensure their educational experience is both enriching and rewarding.

Last update: 2016-11-02
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