Category Archives: UC Davis

Heading into the Home Stretch – Fall 2016

My name is Dr. Heather Hether and I am a faculty member in the Department of Communication at UC, Davis.

This term I’ve been teaching Health Communication (CMN 161) — and it’s been a wonderful course. Even though the course is taught in the evenings, my students show up, ready to engage. We’ve had a productive term discussing the major areas of health communication, including doctor-patient communication, health campaigns, media advocacy, health disparities, social marketing, crisis and risk communication, and more.

I’ve also been busy writing, working on a chapter for an upcoming digital pedagogy textbook — a topic I’m passionate about, and also writing a case study on a media advocacy campaign. More details to follow.

This term I also attended two conferences: the Public Relations Society of America conference in Indianapolis, as well as the National Communication Association conference in Philadelphia. At both conferences, I was able to share my work with colleagues and exchange ideas related to both research and teaching. They were great trips — although both were too quick!

I wish you all the best as we push toward the end of the term!


University of California, Davis – here I come!

Winter 2016 was a whirlwind of a semester, and the summer has no signs of slowing down. The big news, for me, is that I am moving to the University of California, Davis next week and will begin teaching in the Communication Department this fall, as described in this announcement.


At Davis, I will continue to teach courses related to public relations, health communication, and social media. Moreover, I will continue to conduct research in health-related public relations; in addition, I look forward to developing a research trajectory in digital pedagogy by examining how various technological platforms can be used to enhance both onsite, hybrid, and online learning.

These are exciting days and I will be sure to write more as I navigate through this transition and turn my attention toward developing a robust research agenda in pedagogical innovation.

I wish all my colleagues and students at University of the Pacific all the best. It’s been a wonderful, productive five years, and I look forward to keeping in touch!

Hope your summer is off to a good start!