Susan Wiesinger

Professor | Chico State Journalism & PR

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Professor, California State University, Chico

Journalism & Public Relations
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Ph.D., Purdue University

Media, Technology & Culture
Minor: Rhetoric & Kenneth Burke
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MA, Purdue University

Public Affairs & Issues Management (Public Relations)

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BA, Southern Oregon University

Major: Sociology / Minor: English

About me

I have been on faculty in Chico State's Department of Journalism & Public Relations since 2005 and was department chair from fall 2011 to spring 2020.

I am the third generation in a newspaper family and worked for newspapers in New Mexico, Texas, Oregon, Montana, Nevada and Indiana.

My academic research focuses on media; application and social impact of emerging technologies; corporate media ownership; and race, diversity and gender representations in the media.

My personal interests include hiking, music, books, Boxers 🐾 and yoga (not necessarily in that order). And naps. I like naps.

I'm a virgo, which probably explains a lot. ♍

Random Facts

Days of teaching college classes

Since 2000 – and counting

Times I didn't have a cup of coffee

Fun fact: I don't drink coffee. Ever.

Song lyrics stuck in my head

And too many are from the 1970s


Most steps hiked in one week

I 💗 Lassen Volcanic National Park

Professional Growth & Achievement

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Courses I'm currently teaching at California State University, Chico

JOUR 211 icon JOUR 211

Gender & Sexuality in Media

JOUR 255 icon JOUR 255

Digital Literacy & Media Technology

JOUR 411 icon JOUR 411

Race & Diversity in Media

Contact Dr. Wiesinger

Office hours for current students:
12:30–1:30 p.m. M & W; 2–3 p.m. T & TH        THMA 343

Or email for appointment:

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