Heather Canary, Interim Dean
Dr. Canary (PhD, Arizona State University) joined the SDSU faculty in 2017 as Professor and Director in the School of Communication. Before coming to SDSU, Dr. Canary was on faculties of Arizona State University and the University of Utah. Since joining SDSU, Dr. Canary has served the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts as a member of the International Committee, Student Success Team, two director search committees and the dean search committee, and as a college representative on the University Senate. She has served at the institutional level as a member of the Global Campus Advisory Council, General Education Reform Task Force, Deferred Maintenance Advisory Committee, Assigned Time Tiger Team, co-chair of the General Education Curriculum and Assessment Committee, and chair of search committees for the Vice President for Research and the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs. Dr. Canary currently serves as the First Vice President of the Western States Communication Association.
Dr. Canary’s research interests include organizational, family, and health communication. She has published over 50 articles and chapters and co-authored or co-edited three books. Dr. Canary’s current research projects include a multi-institutional pilot study to investigate cancer genetics communication across contexts of genetic counseling, family conversations, and online/offline information networks. Her other organization-family communication studies in health contexts have included hospital discharge and hand-off communication, family health history/cancer risk communication, surgical team communication improvement, and Down syndrome diagnosis and disclosure communication. Dr. Canary’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Her teaching interests include leadership and organizational communication, family communication, communication theory, and health communication.