Tasha Souza Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesTasha Souza is the Associate Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Communication at Boise State University.

Tasha Souza

Most recently, she was the Faculty Associate for Inclusive Excellence for Humboldt State University and a Fulbright scholar at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Previously, she was the founding Faculty Development Coordinator for HSU’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and also served as an Instructional Consultant at the Center for Instructional Development and Research (CIDR) at the University of Washington. She has published in the areas of difficult dialogues in the classroom, addressing microaggressions with microresistance, service-learning pedagogy, discussion-based teaching, multicultural education, instructional communication, and intercultural conflict. Her current research is on difficult dialogues, participation, and stereotype threat in the college classroom.

Dr. Souza teaches and consults. She has taught a variety of courses in communication, women’s studies, and business and has taught in 5 different countries. She is a consultant on communication and pedagogy broadly and has provided workshops and/or consultation services at over 20 institutions of higher education in the U.S. and abroad. She has also consulted outside of higher education with organizations such as the Yurok Tribe, Johnson Wax, Girls Inc., M & M/Mars, First 5, Clorox, Promotions Unlimited, Seattle Department of Public Health, San Jose Recreation and Leisure Department and United Indian Health Services.

Key publications:

Souza, T. J., & Barnes, E. (2019, January 30).Intercultural dialogue partners: Creating space for difference and dialogue. Faculty Focus.

Souza, T.J., & Exah, A. (2018). Preparing program directors for managing student conflict and microaggressions abroad. Diversity Abroad’s Faculty Development Short Course.

Souza, T. J. (2018, April 30). Responding to microaggressions in the classroom: Taking ACTION. Faculty Focus.

Ganote, C. M., Cheung, F., & Souza, T.J. (2016). Responding to microaggressions with microresistance: A framework for consideration. In A. T. Harrell (Ed)., POD Diversity Committee White Paper at the 41st Annual POD Conference (pp. 3-7).

Souza, T.J. (2016). Managing hot moments in the classroom: Concrete strategies for cooling down tension. In Faculty Focus special report: Diversity and inclusion in the college classroom.

Souza, T., Vizenor, N., Sherlip, D., & Raser, L. (2016). Transforming conflict in the classroom: Best practices for facilitating difficult dialogues and creating an inclusive communication climate. In P. M. Kellett & T. G. Matyok (Eds.), Transforming conflict through communication: Personal to working relationships. (pp. 373-395). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Souza, T.J. (2007).  Creating social justice in the classroom:  Preparing students for diversity through service-learning. In J. Calderon (Ed.), Race, poverty, and social justice: Multidisciplinary perspectives on enduring societal issues, (pp. 187-206).  Sterling, VA:  Stylus Publishing.

Souza, T.J. (2003).  Framing equity: Approaches to diversity in the classroom. In S.E. Lucas (Ed.), Selections from the Speech Communication Teacher. Boston, MA: McGraw Hill.

Souza, T.J.  (1996).  Intercultural conflict management. Multicultural Education Journal, 4(2), 4-10.

NCA Concepts: Microaggressions

Resources in ICD“ width=Orbe, Mark P. (2019). Microaggressions. NCA Concepts in Communication Video Series.

The National Communication Association has begun posting a series of videos explaining various communication concepts to YouTube. Four are posted as of this writing, and one of those overlaps with intercultural dialogue.