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Sandra Romo , Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication
Director, Strategic Communication Programs (Online)

Office Phone: (951) 552-8853
E-mail: sromo@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 356
Office Hours: By Appointment

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Communication Regent University
M.S. Education California Baptist University
B.A. Liberal Studies with a Minor in Social Studies California Baptist University
  • Courses Taught

    Communication Studies courses –
    COM 113 Public Speaking
    COM 250 Introduction to Communication Studies
    COM 300 Public Relations
    COM 308 Interpersonal Communication
    COM 333 Oral Interpretation
    COM 340 Rhetoric and Persuasion
    COM 403 Communication Theory
    COM 405 Rhetorical Criticism
    COM 420 Global Digital Engagement
    COM 430 Principles of Communication Research Methods
    COM 440 Digital Trends in Strategic Communication
    COM 450 Internship in Communication Studies
    COM 499 Communication Senior Project
    COM 505 Advanced Communication Theory
    COM 510 Communication Research and Evaluation
    COM 520 Communication leadership and management
    COM 525 Media Effects on Communication Behavior
    COM 530 Rhetorical Criticism and Contemporary Culture
    COM 535 Risk Communication
    COM 540 Communication Management and Programming
    COM 550 Intercultural Global Communication
    COM 555 Digital Trends in Strategic Communication
    COM 560 Communication Ethics
    COM 595 Applied Communication Research
    COM 599 Graduate Capstone Project

    Journalism and New Media courses –
    JRN 150 Media and Society
    JRN 170 Introduction to Journalism
    JRN 215 Newspaper Production
    JRN 212 Yearbook Production
    JRN 412 Advanced Yearbook Production
    JRN 253 Newspaper Editing and Design
    JRN 320 Media Ethics and Law
    JRN 349 Copy Editing for newspapers, magazines, and presentations
    JRN 370 Social Media Strategies
    JRN 371 Digital Media Principles
    JRN450 Internship in Journalism and Public Relations

    Public Relations courses –
    PRL 202 Introduction to Public Relations
    PRL 300 Public Relations
    PRL 320 Business Literacy of PR Professionals
    PRL 402 Public Relations Research and Campaigns
    JRN 420 Public Relations Campaigns, Strategies, and Writings
    PRL 505 History and Theory of Public Relations
    PRL 550 Public Relations Campaigns; Social and Physical
    PRL 540 New Media Strategies
    PRL 570 Marketing and Communication Programs

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Family communication and autism
    Family identity and communication
    Identity and communication
    Ritualistic communication
    Communication theory and influence
    Media influence and autism
    Interpersonal communication
    Autism and communication
    New media effects on the church
    Generational influence on media
    Higher education curriculum design and assessment

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Publications/Research Projects

    Romo, S. & Leinen, S. (2022). Universal Assessment Practices across Traditional and Online Programs: An Explanatory Case Study Analysis of Universal Assessment Practices. Journal of Education and Social Policy. 9(2).
    Romo, S. (2022). Reflection on Creating Interpersonal Connections in an Online Space: An exploration of Student/Professor Relationships during times of uncertainty. Unpublished Manuscript.
    Romo, S. J., Leinen, Shannon, S. (2020). Constructing Online Collaboratories: Approaches to Building Community among Online Faculty. Journal of Liberal Arts and Humanities, 1(9), 1-8.
    Romo, S., Pearson, M. A. (2019). Exploring Mentoring Communities in Online Graduate Programs to Determine Effective Mentoring Practices of Online Graduate Students. UNM Mentoring Institute Annual Conference Proceedings.
    Romo, S. J., Leinen, S. (2018). Standardizing Higher Education Curriculum for Effective Learning in Online and Face-to-face Courses: A Critical Analysis and Introduction to Master Course Shell Models. International Journal of Education and Social Science, 5(3).
    Romo, S. (2016). The construction of family identity after the autism diagnosis of a family member. Dissertation. Regent University Library Press. Virginia Beach, VA.
    Romo, S. (2015). Arriving at new normal: Married couples adjust to the autism diagnosis of their child. National Social Science Journal. (45) 1. San Diego, CA.
    Romo, S. (2011). Alternative education options for gifted students. The Parent Notebook Magazine,
    Romo, S. (2011). Five ways to stimulate your child at home. The Parent Notebook Magazine


    Presentations
    Romo, S. J., National Communication Association, "Breaking Out of Quarantine and Back into the Classroom: Creating Sustainable Pedagogy for Students in Times of COVID, Antiracism, and Many Other Challenges Faced in 2020," Seattle, WA. Panel. (November 2021).
    Romo, S. J., National Communication Association, "Navigating the Landscape of Kids and Sports: Contemporary Realities and Calls for Transformation in Youth Sports Culture," Seattle, WA. Panel. (November 2021)
    Romo, S., National Communication Association, "Transformation and Renewal in Public Speaking: An Extemporaneous, Immersive Public Speaking Experience Face to Face and Remotely," Seattle, WA, United States. Panel. (November 2021).
    Romo, S. J., National Communication Association, "Transforming Family Identity: Recommendations for Renewing Understanding of Family Roles," Seattle, WA. Panel. (November 2021).
    Romo, S. J., National Communication Association, "Transforming Program Outcomes to Create Sustainable Assessment Practices: Standardizing Assessment Across Online and Traditional Programs," Seattle. Conference. (November 2021).
    Zeidan, E. (Presenter), Romo, S. J. (Presenter), Schneider, T. R. (Presenter), Slunaker, J. G. (Presenter), National Social Science Association Fall Conference 2021, "Interdisciplinary, Collaborative, Required: It Takes a Pedagogical Village to Raise a Student," National Social Science Association, San Diego, CA, United States. Conference. (September 27, 2021).
    Romo, S. J., Texas Social Media Research Institute Annual Conference, "Fostering Positive Communication Experiences During High-Stress Environments," Texas Social Media Research Institute, Virtual. Conference. (November 12, 2020).
    Romo, S. J., Leinen, Shannon, National Distance Learning Association Annual Conference, "Constructing Online Collaboratories: Approaches to Building Community Remotely," National Distance Learning Association, Virtual. Conference. (November 9, 2020)
    Romo, S. J., 34th Children's Network Conference, "Fostering Positive Communicative Experiences During High-Stress Environments," County of San Bernardino, VIRTUAL. Conference. (September 17, 2020).
    Romo, S. J., Leinen, Shannon, National Social Science Annual Meeting, "The Silent Killer: A Media Analysis of Anti-Vaping Initiatives in Media," National Social Science Association, VIRTUAL. Conference. (April 6, 2020).
    Romo, S., Pearson, M. A. (2019). Exploring Mentoring Communities in Online Graduate Programs to Determine Effective Mentoring Practices of Online Graduate Students. UNM Mentoring Institute Annual Conference.
    Romo, S. (2019), Building Community and Trust in Alternative Education Programs for Youth and Children. Research presented at Children’s Network 33rd Annual Meeting.
    Romo, S. (2018). National Communication Association Annual Meeting, "Expanding the View of Instructional Communication: Alternative Educational Contexts," Salt Lake City, UT, United States. Session.
    Romo, S. (2018), National Communication Association Annual Meeting, "Messaging and Information Sharing at Play During Public Health Crises," Salt Lake City, UT, United States. Conference.
    Romo, S. (2018), National Communication Association Annual Meeting, "Mindfulness Matters: A Collaboratory Dialogue," Salt Lake City, UT, United States. Panel.
    Romo, S. (2018), National Communication Association Annual Meeting, "The Fallout of Selfies," Salt Lake City, UT, United States. Session.
    Romo, S. (2018), National Communication Association Annual Meeting, "The Good, the Bad and the Untellable: Exploring Diverse Experiences and Meanings Surrounding the Transition into Familyhood," Salt Lake City, UT, United States. Session.
    Romo, S. (2018), National Communication Association Annual Conference, "Dead, Dying, and Troubled Times, Digital Media in Today's World," National Communication Association, Dallas, TX, United States. Conference.
    Romo, S. (2017). National Communication Association Annual Conference, "Family Communication Patterns and Rituals: Scale Development and Examinations of Family Migration, Adoption, and Sport Communication," National Communication Association, Dallas, TX, United States. Conference.
    Romo, S. (2017). National Communication Association Annual Conference, "Impact of Social Media on Health Communication Research," National Communication Association, Dallas, TX, United States. Conference.
    Romo, S. (2017). National Communication Association Annual Conference, "Unifying the Assessment Process in Undergraduate Online Communication Studies Programs," National Communication Association, Dallas, TX, United States. Conference.
    Romo, S. (2017). Peeling back the layers of special needs families: Strengthening the interpersonal connections of healthcare and/or education providers and special needs families. Research presented at Children’s Network 31st Annual Meeting.
    Lienen, S. & Romo, S. (2017) Master Course Models: Developing Online and Face-to-Face Courses Highlighting Andragogy. Research Presented at the National Social Science Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV.
    Romo, S. & Stilwell, H. (2016). Influence of media messages on parental vaccine decisions after the 2015 Measles outbreak in California. Paper presented at National Communication Association 2016 Meeting.
    Romo, S. (2016). The Social Construction of Mental Illness and Disability in the 21st Century. National Communication Association Conference, Philadelphia.
    Romo, S. (2016). A Rhetorical Examination of Social Constructionism and Communication. Paper presented at the National Social Science Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV.
    Romo, S. (2016). Talking about autism: Using entertainment to teach children about autism. Paper presented at the National Social Science Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV.
    Romo, S. (2015). C.S. Lewis: An accidental entertainment education pioneer? Paper presented at the National Social Science Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.
    Romo, S. (2015). Can we be Friends? The Use of Prosocial Media to Reduce the Rates of Bullying Towards Children with Autism. Paper presented at the National Social Science Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.
    Romo, S. (2014). Conversion Experiences of College Students. Paper presented at Religious Communication Association Annual Meeting: Chicago, IL.
    Romo, S. (2014). C.S. Lewis and communication. Paper presented at the Regent University C.S. Lewis Meeting. Oxford, England.
    Romo, S. (2014). Arriving at a new normal: Married couples adjust to the autism diagnosis of their child. Paper presented at the National Social Science Association.
    Romo, S. (2013). Got a theme? 5 ways to develop a stellar collegiate yearbook theme. Presentation presented at: College Media Advisers Association October 2013.
    Romo, S. (2012). In J. Bucholz (Chair). Delivering the message - public relations basics. Paper presented at the American Scientific Association 67th annual meeting: Science, faith and the media: communicating beyond books.
    Romo, S. (2011). Out with the old, in with the new; the online world of freelancing. Paper presented at College Media Advisers Spring Convention 2011.
    Romo, S. (2010, May). In C Gilbreth (Chair). Effective education in public relations. Paper presented at La Grant Foundation Conference

  • Church Membership & Activities

    The Rock Church and World Outreach Center

  • Community Service & Involvement

    The Rock Church and World Outreach Center, Special Needs Sunday School Teacher

    San Gorgonio Girl Scout Council, Troop Leader

    Grand Terrace High School Football Boosters Executive Board Member

    GT TRIBE Baseball Club, Owner/Director

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Dr. Romo is married with two children and lives in the Riverside area. She and her husband are passionate about investing in the lives of youth to help them build a better future for themselves through sports.

    Dr. Romo loves excellent historical docuseries and spends time with her family watching her son play high school football, and her daughter play volleyball.

  • Personal Philosophy

    "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11