Faculty Biography

Chip McAuley

Professor Charles "Chip" McAuley is an instructor in the Communication Studies department and adviser to The Star, Sonoma State University's award-winning student newspaper. McAuley is a freelance journalist who has been published in numerous periodicals with approximately 1,000 articles written and published to date. Currently, he is a Features Editor for Popmatters.com, a premiere website for cultural criticism. Previously, he was a staff writer and blogger for the site.

McAuley also has his own blog – "C.E. McAuley’s Insights and Ravings." His most recent academic writing appeared in the Journal of Conscious Evolution.

McAuley is an active part of life at Sonoma State where he serves as a member of the Academic Senate representing the School of Arts and Humanities and is a member of the Faculty Standards and Affairs Committee. He has served as Senate representative to the Associated Students Incorporated and was a Board Member of the Sonoma State Student Union Corporation where he was Faculty Representative. He has also been a Board Member of the California College Media Association.

In addition to his work in journalism, McAuley's background includes time spent as a Special Consultant Science Writer/Producer for NASA Education and Public Outreach (Astrophysics Division) housed at SSU where he worked on educating the public about the Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope (now the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope), an ambitious project which aims to discover the truth behind the mysteries of Dark Matter and possibly discover new laws of physics.

During his time with NASA E/PO he was instrumental in the development of Epo's Chronicles, an educational web comic. He has also worked on projects for Lucasfilm, Universal Studios Orlando, Emeril and Good Morning America as well as on the feature film The Animal. McAuley has produced, directed, written, edited and appeared in dozens of independent video projects – including "Captain Blast & Me" – one of the first digital videos to appear on the Internet.

At SSU, McAuley has taught COMS 402: Senior Seminar (Creativity, The Human Condition and Communication), COMS 301: Mass Communication Theory and Research, COMS 368: News Writing and Editing, COMS 210: Writing For The Media, COMS 318: Advanced Media Writing, has guest lectured in COMS 315: Media Law and has also created and taught several COMS 320: Selected Topics courses including: Cyberspace, Communication & The Digital Age, Science Fiction Cinema & American Culture, Propaganda & The Media, Star Trek & American Society as well as Sex & Cinema.

McAuley writes poetry, screenplays and is also a playwright. He holds a B.A. in Communication Studies with honors and distinction and an M.A. in English. Currently, he is completing his doctorate in Transformative Studies with the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he is focusing on Communication, Consciousness and Integral Education.

He believes that students should follow their passions and that each student is capable of achieving excellence. McAuley is happy to mentor creative artists of any type.

Courses Taught

  • Writing for the Media
  • Advanced Media Writing
  • Mass Communication Theory and Research
  • Media Law
  • News Writing and Editing
  • Selected Topics
  • Senior Seminar