Hello! I am Dr. Carrie Hutchinson. Please call me Carrie. I am so excited to be your professor this semester at SBCC, and I'd like to thank you for enrolling in my class. My goal is for this to be one of the best classes you've taken at SBCC, or anywhere!
I have taken every measure possible to create a positive learning experience for you. One way I have done this is to make our course easy to navigate. If at any time you can't find anything, you feel lost, or the format doesn't make sense to you, please ask for help. I am here to ensure that you can successfully navigate and complete the course.
A little about my academic background...I have been a professor in the Communication Department at Santa Barbara City College for over 15 years. I currently teach two courses: Interpersonal Communication and Leadership for a Global Society. My master's degree is from California State Univeristy Fullerton in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication and Persuasion. My doctorate is from the University of California Santa Barbara, also in Communication Studies with an interdisciplinary emphasis in Psychology and a focus on Intergroup Perception. My research and publications examine the intersections of various social identities, such as race and gender, and how these identities affect our perceptions of and communication with ingroup and outgroup members.
I am also an author. You'll notice that I wrote your textbook so that I can speak directly to you while you are learning. Writing, both academic and non-academic, is my life's passion, especially about topics that can change people's lives. I believe that learning about the subject of this course has the ability to change your life for the better. By the end of the course, I hope you agree.
I wear many non-scholarly hats, as well! I am a diversity, equity, and inclusion trainer, and a community organizer. I co-founded the Santa Barbara Chapter of the national organization Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), which aims to compel people with racial privilege to join the multiracial movement for racial justice with accountability and effectiveness. I also founded a Santa Barbara Chapter of Together Women Rise, which generates financial backing for female-led projects in developing countries. I am also a parent, a partner, a daughter, and a sister- roles I share in common with many of you.
I look forward to learning more about you and having a great semester. Please contact me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.