Rachel Nead

ProfessorSchool of Arts, Communication, Design & Media

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(619) 421-6700 x5590

54A-104, Chula Vista


I am glad you are a part of the Southwestern College family! I look forward to having the opportunity to collaborate and/or having you in one of my classes! We have many wonderful resources available for your continued success here at SWC.

Great Resources for Our Students

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My Background

I have been teaching at SWC since 2011 as a part-time faculty member. I was hired full-time in June 2018. I previously taught at California State University, Fullerton, Chapman University, Riverside City College, Santiago Canyon College, and online for Central Texas College.

I am from Long Beach, born and raised (yes, I use to commute from Long Beach! That usually gets a few surprised looks when I tell my students). Since receiving the great news that I was hired full-time here at SWC, I have moved down to the San Diego area - I am still learning about some of the hidden gems of San Diego, along with the best food places. If you know of any great place, I would love to have you share it with me (pretty please)!

I am a geek and love anything Doctor Who, Marvel, Sherlock, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - among others. When I have spare time, I love to do yoga, read fantasy/SciFi (i.e., Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Yasmine Galenorn) books, and play with my cats (yes, I am a crazy cat lady, and I embrace my non-normative sense of being).


  • COMM 103: Oral Communication
  • COMM 104: Public Speaking
  • COMM 174: Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 176: Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 200/JOUR 101: Introduction to Mass Communication and Society


  • A.A. Speech Communication, Long Beach City College
  • B.A. Communication (Mass Media-Photojournalism), California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A. Speech Communication, California State University, Fullerton
  • M.A. Speech Communication, California State University, Fullerton

I am a doctoral student at the University of Southern California (USC) in the Organizational Change Leadership program through the Rossier School of Education. The projected completion date is Summer/Fall 2024.