Brenda Ahntholz, Professor - Communication Studies Department

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Brenda Ahntholz


Communication Studies Department

Faculty Advisor: Speech & Communications Studies Club and Sigma Chi Eta Honor Society

(510) 979-7934

Room FP-22-102, Fremont campus


Brenda Ahntholz has been a faculty member of the Communication Studies Department at Ohlone College since 1998 where she teaches communication theory, gender communication, intercultural and interpersonal communication, public speaking, and persuasion. She is in progress on an Ed D. in Higher Education Leadership from Alliant International University with a focus on Multicultural Education. Originally from the Midwest, she earned her MA from the University of Northern Iowa in Communication Studies and a BA in Journalism/Public Relations from University of Nebraska at Omaha. In her tenure at Ohlone College she has written several AA degrees and certificate programs, and curriculum to develop the Communication Studies programs. Her interest in curriculum development drew her to Ohlone College's General Education Committee where she has been a long time member and past chair of the committee.

As Director of the Communication Lab, she oversees the lab, curriculum, and tutor training program. She co-authored the first Communication Lab Manual with Instructor, Kristine Carroll that largely funds the lab. Currently, she is developing a communication lab tutor manual.

Ahntholz is faculty advisor for Sigma Chi Eta, students in communication with honors, which received the Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award in 2010 from the National Communication Association. Ahntholz, along with Professor Emeritus Kay Harrison have lead several study abroad trips to the Middle East and Europe.

One of Ahntholz' favorite programs is the Communication Colloquium Series she began early in her tenure at Ohlone College. This speaker's series hosts approximately a dozen speakers a year who are communication professionals and scholars. Topics range from communication theory and research to professional business communication practices.

Finally, Ahntholz has been a long-time member of Western States Communication Association in the Community College Interest Group, Intercultural/International and Interpersonal interest groups.


  • Ed. D. (in-progress) Higher Education Administration, Alliant International University
    • Emphasis: Cross Cultural Studies
  • M.A. Communication Studies, University of Northern Iowa
    • Emphasis: Interpersonal Communication, Gender Communication, and Communication Education
  • B.A. Journalism/Public Relations, University of Nebraska, Omaha

Professional Memberships

  • WSCA, Western States Communication Association
  • National Communication Association