Department Chair

Nita Esparza

Nita Esparza

Department Chair
Communication Studies
(408) 855-5409
[email protected]
Office Location: SEC 248E


  • Master of Arts, Communication Studies, San Jose State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies, Humboldt State University
  • Associates of Arts, Libreral Arts, West Valley College

Courses Taught

  • Public Speaking (COM 001)
  • Small Group Communication (COM 004)
  • Interpersonal Communication (COM 008)
  • Intercultural Communication (COM 12)
  • Critical Decision Making *
  • Writing for Influence*
  • Communication Process*
  • Health Communication*
  • Listening*

* Not offered at Mission College

Fast Facts

Born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Nita is a mountain girl at heart. Her dad proudly refers to Nita and her three older sisters as his "burly girlies." Nita and her husband, Rick, have two children: Audelle and Kincaid.

In addition to their daughter and son, both are proud parents to two labs, Bochy (chocolate male) and Posey (yellow female), who seem to get away with just about anything. Nita is an SF Giants fan, outdoor enthusiast, 10K runner, animal lover, and avid reader of silly books.

Favorite Quote

"Get tough, or die." - Gordon George (Nita's dad)