Starla Anderson, MA, JD, LLM

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3105
Fax: (626) 815-2045
Office Location: Rose Garden, #17
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Starla Anderson, MA, JD, LLM has professional experience as a trial consultant for a national company that handled large cases such as John DuPont’s criminal trial, ARCO and Norplant litigation. Anderson also has litigation experience as a general practitioner and as a prosecutor for the County of San Bernardino. She completed a post-doctoral specialty Master of Laws (LL.M.), at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in 2012.

With a passion for students and for mending broken situations, it is her desire to help students understand the complexities of the law and the field of conflict resolution in a way that prepares them for their future professional and personal endeavors. Her research is centered on the creative use of art to equip students to understand their past and feel confident they have the tools to navigate future challenges in a God-honoring way. She is a proponent of utilizing restorative justice principles in systems designs for organizations and churches. Recent work involved designing and leading a process to accommodate diverse perspectives regarding a church name change utilizing open communication to help guide a 4000 member congregation to a unifying resolution.


  • LLM, Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University
  • JD, Regent University
  • MA, Journalism, Regent University
  • BA, Communication and Music Education, Azusa Pacific University

Academic Area

  • Communication
    • Department of Communication Studies


  • Conflict/Dispute Resolution
  • Forgiveness, Apology, and Reconciliation
  • Law
  • Mediation/Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Restorative Justice

Courses Taught

  • COMM 111 – Public Communication
  • COMM 201 - Introduction to Communication Studies
  • COMM 211 - Professional Communication
  • COMM 230 - Small Group Communication
  • COMM 345 – Nonverbal Communication
  • COMM 420 – Conflict Management
  • COMM 490 - Communication Internship
  • JOUR 305 – Media Law and Ethics

Office Hours

Mondays 2:30PM-4PM
Tuesdays 1PM-2:30PM