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Communication Studies
Meet the Faculty & Staff

George KrammGeorge Kramm
Title: Professor
Degrees: B.A. and M.A., San Diego State University
Teaching Experience: Since 1988
Career Highlights: Living abroad: Spain, Mexico, Guatemala. Teaching Intercultural Communication, Small Group Communication
Hobbies: The outdoors! Mountain biking—especially with my wife, gardening, soccer
Quote: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” — Aristotle
Yaping LiYaping Li
Title: Professor
Degrees: B.A. Shandong University (China), M.A. and Ph.D. Indiana University
Teaching Experience: Since 1984
Hobbies: Reading philosophy, religion, and history; walking
Quote: "So inner happiness is the fuel of success."
Kate MotoyamaKate Motoyama
Title: Professor
Kate can usually be found teaching SPCH 100, 120, and 111/112 or helping in the Speech Lab.
Degrees: B.A., (English and Speech); M.A. and Ph.D., University of Washington
Teaching Experience: Since 1991
Career Highlights:  Kate has been activist since her earliest days. A turning point in her life was giving up a position as the mayor’s speech writer to attend graduate school to study rhetoric and public address and performance of literature. Kate is kama’aina of Kalihi, O’ahu and a student with the hula halau, Na lei hulu i ka wekiu. 
Quote: Kate asks two things of her students, “Mai pa’a i ka leo” (Do not suppress your voice) and “Kulia i ka nu’u” (Strive for the highest).
Karen ReedKaren Reed
Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A., Augustana College and M.A. California State University, East Bay
Teaching Experience: Since 1991
Career Highlights: I created the first speech telecourse at CSM and a course in Healthcare Communication.
Hobbies: I am a SF Giants fan, have a black belt in retail therapy, and am a voracious reader!
Quote: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Charles RopeCharles Rope
Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: A.A., College of San Mateo; B.A. and M.A., San Francisco State University
Teaching Experience: Since 1997
Career Highlights: Teaching Interpersonal Communication and Small Group Communication
—my two favorite classes.
Hobbies: I enjoy traveling to tropical locations and making dinner with friends. Running and hiking are at the top of my list.
Quote: "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." — Dr. Seuss
Lisa PerryLisa Perry
Title: Instructor
Degrees: B.A., University of Colorado; M.A., Emerson College; JD Baylor University; and Ph.D., University of Maryland
Teaching Experience: Since 1988
Career Highlights: traveling to Australia to compete in the World's Parliamentary Debate tournament, sneaking into Grayfriar's Kirk in Edinburgh to see Sir George Mackenzie's grave at night, watching former students become lawyers, nurse practitioners, graduate students and adults.
Hobbies: Test-driving cars, hiking national parks, cooking
Frederick BerryFrederick Berry
Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A. and M.A., San Francisco State University
Career Highlights: At the end of a semester, a handshake from some of my students and maybe some saying "I learned a lot from your class."
Hobbies: Learning new and interesting things about other cultures and the world we live in.
Quote: "Do not tell the crocodile he has bad breath until you have crossed the river." - African Proverb
Jacqueline SwanJacqueline Swan
Title: Instructional Aide II
Responsibilities: Leading orientations of the COMM lab; helping students with computers, printers, recording rooms, and borrowing materials; overseeing COMM lab and upholding policies and procedures
Years at CSM: Since 2014 (though I worked in the Multimedia Lab in Spring of 2005!)
Education: B.A., Environmental Sustainability & Social Justice, San Francisco State University
Other Interests: Singing karaoke obsessively, communing with nature and animals, bicycling everywhere, haunting houses, meditating
Oliver LiOliver Li
Title: Student Assistant
Oliver Li Oliver celebrating his 18th birthday!
Instructional Aide Michael Manneh (back),
Comm Studies Center Student Assistant Oliver Li (right)
Learning Center Tutor Jason Dutton (left).