Assistant Professor, Communication, Media and Culture
“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.