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Cassandra Hill

Assistant Professor, Communication, Media and Culture

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“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” -Rumi


As a nontraditional student, Dr. Cassandra (Carlson) Hill entered the field of communication after five years working in the non-profit sector in Western Australia. Gaining a passion for the art and science of communication processes during her time abroad, she returned to the U.S. and completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication studies at California State University-Fullerton. She went on to earn her doctorate in communication science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a focus on interpersonal communication and social influence. After teaching for a few years in San Luis Obispo, California, she joined the faculty at Coastal. Her ongoing research explores advice and decision-making communication in varied contexts, namely in family relationships. More than anything, Dr. Hill loves interacting with her students and colleagues, and credits this for varied teaching awards at previous institutions. She currently lives on the Waccamaw River with her husband and numerous fur babies. 


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

M. A. California State University-Fullerton

B.A. California State University-Fullerton

Selected Publications

Carlson-Hill, C. L. (forthcoming). Advice in families. In E. M. MacGeorge & L. M. Van Swol (Eds.) Handbook of Advice Communication. Oxford Publishing.

Van Swol, L. M., & Carlson, C. L. (2017). Language use and influence among minority, majority, and homogeneous group members. Communication Research: Intergroup Communication Special Issue.

Carlson, C. L. (2016). Predicting emerging adults’ implementation of parental advice: The influence of source, situation, relationship, and message characteristics. Western Journal of Communication.

Toma, C. & Carlson, C. L. (2015). How do Facebook users believe they come across in their profiles?: A meta-perception approach to investigating Facebook self-presentation. Communication Research Reports.

Carlson, C. L. (2014). Seeking self-sufficiency: Why emerging adult college students receive and implement parental advice. Emerging Adulthood: Special Issue on Communication

Teaching Areas

Communication Studies, Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, Persuasion/Social Influence, Modern Human Communication, Public Speaking, Research Methods, Intercultural Communication

Research Areas

Emerging Adult Decision-Making, Family Advice, Social Support, Parental Communication, Intergenerational Communication, Advocacy Social Support