Tenzin Dorjee (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Human Communication Studies, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). His primary teaching and research interests are in intergroup, intercultural, intergenerational communication, identity issues, peace building and conflict resolution. At CSUF campus, he has received several faculty recognition awards for outstanding achievements in teaching, research, and community service.
Dr. Tenzin Dorjee, Commissioner
Dr. Dorjee has taught a wide variety of courses including intergroup communication, intercultural communication, nonverbal communication, interpersonal conflict management, and graduate seminar on intercultural communication theory. He is sought after by students for advisement, mentorship, and his teaching style included student comments like “caring and respectful,” “theoretically challenging,” and “culturally sensitive.” More recently, he received the Faculty Recognition of 2016 for “Outstanding Achievements in Teaching” from CSUF.
He received his Ph.D. in communication from UCSB under the supervision and mentorship of Professor Howard Giles. He has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed articles and invited chapters on Tibetan culture, identity, nonviolence and middle way approaches to conflict resolution including Sino-Tibetan conflict, intercultural and intergroup communication competence, intergenerational communication context, and others. Based on his dissertation, he co-authored with Giles, H., and Baker, V. (2011): Diasporic communication: Cultural deviance and accommodation among Tibetans in exiles in India. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 32(4), 343-359. He also guided students to present papers at annual regional, national, and international communication conferences and co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles with them. In recognition of his student mentorship and scholarly activity, CSUF bestowed on him Faculty Teacher-Scholar Award in 2011 and Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Award in 2013. He is a co-author of a forthcoming scholarly book Communicating Across Cultures (2nd Edition, Guilford Press) with Professor Stella Ting-Toomey.
He has engaged in extraordinary community service at his university and beyond. In recognition of his committed service at the department, college, and university levels, he received the Faculty Recognition for Extraordinary and Sustained Service in 2015. Dr. Dorjee is a prominent translator who studied at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala, India, and worked in the Translation and Research Bureau of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA), Dharamsala, for over 13 years. For over 20 years, he has been a volunteer translator for Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center in Long Beach, CA, founded by late His Eminence Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen. He is also a published author of articles and translated works of Tibetan Buddhism and culture into English. He had the honor to translate for many pre-eminent Tibetan Buddhist Professors including His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India and North America. He served as a former Member-At-Large in the Executive Council of the Western States of Communication Association (WSCA), Chair of WSCA’s Distinguished Teaching Award Committee, Basic Course Director of the Department of Human Communication Studies, CSUF, and Vice President and President of the Tibetan Association of Southern California (TASC).
Furthermore, he has served on many community-based committees including the Dalai Lama Trust Graduate Scholarship Selection Committee and Restorative Schools Vision Project, Sacramento. In the summer of 2013, he volunteered at the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and also presented many intercultural communication-themed talks at various Tibetan institutes. On a voluntary service basis, in the summer of 2016, he accepted the invitation in teaching intercultural communication, research methodology, and teaching pedagogy at the College of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah, and the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, Bengaluru, India. He also gave invited presentations at many Tibetan institutes including the Tibet Policy Institute, LTWA, Tibetan Children’s Village, Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, and Tibetan Astro-Medical College in Dharamsala, India. Dr. Tenzin Dorjee is a staunch believer in and advocate for religious freedom, human rights, social justice, and global responsibility based on inclusive-secular ethics promoted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Tenzin Dorjee was appointed to the Commission on December 8, 2016 by Representative Pelosi (D-CA) for a term expiring on May 2018.