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Qingwen Dong
Department Chair
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Qingwen Dong, Ph.D.

Qingwen Dong

Teaching Approach

My teaching focuses on experiential learning. I believe that college learning is not simply to memorize ideas, concepts, and theories from textbooks. The key is to apply those concepts and ideas into practice, generating an impact on the students' own activities as well as self development and social advancement.

Since I started teaching at Pacific in 1995, every semester I have directed students in many of my classes to engage in a real research project, collecting a sample of 300-400 questionnaires.

Students first come up with a communication research idea that interests them, develop a measurement/instrument, put their measurements into a class questionnaire, collect real data, analyze data and write their own research papers. By the end of the semester, students have learned how to propose a question, find a way to investigate it, and interpret and communicate the findings.

Every year, I have taken 3-5 undergraduate students to present their research papers at regional/national conferences. I firmly believe that this experiential learning approach is the most effective way to help students acquire communication knowledge and develop communication competence.

Courses I Teach at Pacific

Courses include:

  • Communication Research Methods
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • Intercultural Communication     
  • Introduction to Organization Communication
  • Theory of Mass Communication

Research Interests

  • Socialization and effects of new media and mass media   
  • Intercultural communication

Here are a few recent publications (see my CV below for more):

Most recent peer reviewed publications

Dong, Q. & O'Harrar, E. (2010). Voter error analysis. Published by Pew Center for the States online (www.pewcenteronthestates.org).  

Dong, Q., Toney, J., & Giblin, P. (2010). Social networking dependency and intended political participation. Human Communication, 13, 13-27.

Urista, M., Dong, Q., & Day, D. (2009). Explain why young adults use MySpace and Facebook through uses and gratification theory. Human Communication, 12, 215-225. 

Dong, Q., Urista, M. & Gundrum, D. (2008). The impact of emotional intelligence, self-esteem, and self-image on romantic communication over MySpace. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 11, 577-578.

Dong, Q., Koper, R. J.& Collaco, C. M. (2008). Social intelligence, self-esteem and intercultural communication sensitivity. Intercultural Communication Studies, 102-112.

Books and book chapters

Dong, Q. (2010). American Mass Media and Popular Culture. San Diego, CA: Cognella.

Dong, Q., Day, D. D. & Deol, R. (in press). Resonant message and powerful media: Analysis of the success of the Obama presidential campaign. Chapter selected in an edited book on Obama Effect, SUNY press, NY.


Contact Information

Qingwen Dong, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication

Email Link for Qingwen Dong Email

Phone: 209.946.3044
Office: Psy/Comm Bldg. Rm. 3

University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211