Tiffany Dykstra-DeVette, Ph.D., was the assistant professor of communication at West Virginia University prior to joining SDSU. She has a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Utah and was a former debate coach. Her research uses organizational communication and critical/cultural theories to explore challenges facing nonprofits responding to forced migration. Her article, Assemblages of Syrian Suffering: Rhetorical Formations of Refugees in Western Media, was recognized by the International Sociological Association, receiving the RC25 Academic Excellence Award. She originally developed and taught an extended course on forced migration in the media at the University of Erfurt in Germany.