Since 2000, ¬†Dr. Trust has taught at several colleges and universities, including Florida Atlantic University, University of San Diego, University of Connecticut, Fairfield University, and Boston University. Some of her course experiences include argument & advocacy, public speaking communication theory, gender & communication, organizational communication, and communication research methods.
Regardless of the type of course, Dr. Trust’s pedagogical philosophy is consistent. She possesses a collaborative approach to instruction that values student centered teaching. Respect‚Ä¶..open discussion of concepts is the foundation on which her classes are built. This philosophy is reflected by the physical set up of her classroom. Instead of sitting in a linear formation, her students are seated in a circle to encourage open communication, which quickly creates a learning community, while fostering a more collaborative interchange of ideas. Her students do not just learn from her, she learns from them by how they process, digest, and relate theoretical and practical concepts to their world.
She realizes that each student is unique, and she strongly encourages the individual student to reach their fullest potential. Recognizing each student on a personal level, respecting each student, and having a deep concern for their achievement is part of her persona as a teacher and her own personal mantra as an individual. Caring for the students, fellow faculty, and community is what she believes to be the ultimate combination for an optimum instructional collegiate experience. Dr. Trust is an example of an instructor who cares deeply for her student’s academic growth, knowledge gain, and overall social welfare.
Dr. Trust has been fortunate to teach in multicultural areas of the country, and her students have represented many ages, ethnicities, races, physical abilities, and cultures. She strongly respects, values, and enjoys diversity in her classroom. Observing interactions among my students and watching the students learn and respect others’ lifestyles and backgrounds, provides an environment for students to grow both intellectually and culturally. As participants in a multicultural society, students must learn to effectively communicate in a manner that is both socially and academically “other conscious” and she provides this type of environment.
Dr. Trust’s research was presented at the National Communication Association annual meeting and the annual meeting of the Broadcast Education Association. Her latest research will be presented at the Association of Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference.
While much of Dr. Trust’s interdisciplinary social scientific research is quantitative, she conducted both qualitative and quantitative research as a research assistant at theCenters for Disease Control’s Center of Excellence for Health Communication & Marketing at the University of Connecticut. She enjoys many realms of social scientific research such as survey design, statistical modeling, focus groups, and interviews.
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In addition to over a decade of teaching in the academic world, Dr. Trust also has nonacademic experience. After earning her M.A. in Communication in 2001, she became a corporate communication coach in San Diego, California. She also was a contractor for the United States Marine Corps, where she was instructing public speaking courses. Currently, she owns a small health communication education business.
Dr. Trust is also media spokesperson for women’s health issues and a health communication consultant. She is the former Policy and Advocacy Chair for the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition, and continues to be an advocate for accurate representations of women’s health issues in the media.