Phase II Passport Interstate Faculty Team Members:
Teamwork and Value Systems
Lynda L. McCroskey is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies at California State University-Long Beach specializing in scientific inquiry of instructional/educational, organizational, and intercultural communication, and communication traits. Previously she taught in the MBA program and is a consultant in the energy industry with expertise in project management, negotiation, and mergers and acquisitions. She served as member of the International Communication Association and World Communication Association Board of Directors, as well as on Editorial Boards for prominent discipline journals. McCroskey received M.A. degrees (West Virginia University and Arizona State University), and her Ph.D. in Communication at The University of Oklahoma.
Rebekah Villafana (Chair)
Claire Hitosugi has served the University of Hawai‘i (UH) since 1988. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in Management Information Systems at UH West O‘ahu. She previously developed a performance-based curriculum in the Japanese language program and offered the first Japanese online course at UH Mānoa. She collaborated with multiple universities across the US and Japan while incorporating technologies in her teaching. Claire received her B.A. in Japanese Literature and Human Relations from Wako University in Tokyo, and an M.A. in ESL, MBA in International Business, and PhD in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
North Dakota State University
Jenny Linker is an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences at North Dakota State University and Co-Developer of SchoolsAlive!, a local initiative to increase physical activity across the school day. She has served on the university’s Service-Learning Advisory Board for the past three years. Linker received her first B.S. in communication disorders and psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, her second B.S. in physical education from Westfield State College, her M.S. in physical education from Bridgewater State College, and her Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Teresa Tande, associate professor of English/Humanities/Communication at Lake Region State College, has held her full-time position the past eight years, following 20 years as a part-time instructor. During that time she also taught high school and then middle school English. She is involved with the state General Education Council, having just served as its president. In addition to several language arts related state initiatives, Tande is also involved with the college’s retention, diversity, and accreditation committees. Tande received her B.S. in music and English and her Master’s in Education and her National Board Certification in Language Arts.
Associate Professor - Community Health
Utah Valley University
Mary V. Brown is an Associate Professor in Public and Community Health at Utah Valley University. She serves as the chair of the Outcomes Assessment committee in her department. Brown has worked in the field of public health at the Riverside County Department of Health, for a hospital system in Southern California, and has been in the field of education since 1996. Brown received her M.S. in health science from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Health Promotion & Education from the University of Utah. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Salt Lake Community College