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Faculty and Staff

The Communication Studies department is made up of fourteen full-time (tenured/tenure-track) and ten adjunct faculty members. The faculty provide the department with a wide range of academic and professional expertise across the discipline.

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Featured Intern

Ashley DiGirolomo

Ashley DiGirolomo
I am a senior Interpersonal Communication Studies major, with a minor in Psychology. During this spring semester, my last semester at BU, I am completing an Internship at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger in Danville in the Patient and Family Centered Care department (P&FFC). P&FFC is focused on creating the best hospital experience for patients and their families. My internship consists of regular communication with the young patients, along with talking to their families about hospital care and resources. I attend valuable meetings with other departments and I have redesigned templates for family events.

Department Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Ruth Beerman, Ph.D.

Dr. BloomingdaleDaniel Bloomingdale, Ph.D. has an MA from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. from Wayne State University. Dan has taught at various schools, including Penn State University, the University of Georgia, and Lewis and Clark College. His interests include public discourse, language and culture, and communication theory.

David Bradbury, Ph.D.

David Hanley-Tejeda, Ph.D.

Kathryn HobsonKathryn Hobson, Ph.D., completed her doctoral degree in Communication Studies at the University of Denver in spring of 2013 with an emphasis in Culture and Communication. Her dissertation, “Performing Queer-Femininities: Passing, Playing, and Camp,” lies at the crux of critical intercultural communication, performance studies, and vernacular discourse analysis. In her dissertation she examines racial, ethnic, class, and gender tensions within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Community. Dr. Hobson has published work in scholarly and creative journals, as well as anthologies. She has also received top paper awards for some of her work at regional and national conferences, and is the 2015 program planner for the LGBT Division of NCA.  

Dr. Hobson teaches Intercultural Communication and Interpersonal Communication, including the Frederick Douglass Living and Learning Community course. In her classes, students examine their cultural identities in order to better understand the cultural identities of others. Cultivating the skills of self-reflexivity, empathy, and critical thinking, while developing an ethic of social justice are essential components of all of her courses. 

Beth Michalec Beth Michalec, M.S., joined the Department of Communication Studies at Bloomsburg University in the fall of 2014 and teaches Public Speaking and Computer Applications courses. 

Previously, Professor Michalec served as an instructor at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA; Duquesne University’s Italian Campus in Rome, Italy; and as an instructor and teaching assistant at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  During summers, she teaches online courses for the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University.  Michalec has taught a variety of courses including public speaking, business and professional communication, advertising, public relations, direct marketing, communication ethics, and corporate communication at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Michalec will earn her Ph.D. in Rhetoric with emphases in integrated marketing communication and the rhetoric and philosophy of technology, as well as a special interest in communication ethics, from Duquesne University. She has presented multiple single-authored papers at state, regional, national and international conferences, and her diverse research interests include integrated marketing communication, social media, philanthropy, and the ethical implications of the public and private spheres of communication and innovation. Additionally, she has taught service-learning courses that combine academic instruction, community service, and reflective thinking to enhance student learning and social responsibility.

Prior to returning to academia, Michalec served as program manager and executive director of the Robert H. Mollohan Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. in Fairmont, WV, a nonprofit organization devoted to spurring economic growth and revitalization efforts through strategic educational development, public policy advocacy, and community outreach initiatives. 

Professor Michalec earned bachelor’s degrees in Communication and English literature from Bethany College and her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from WVU.

Elizabeth Petre, Ph.D.

Ed Rabinowitz is a communications professional with more than 35 years of writing experience under his belt. He has served as Publications Manager and Eastern Public Relations Manager for Volkswagen of America, and Director of Marketing Communications for Continental Insurance, writing brochures, press releases, executive speeches, and material for various corporate publications. As a freelance journalist, Ed has written extensively in the healthcare, and personal finance and investing fields. Most recently, he published his second book, “One More Dance,” which chronicles a family’s courageous battle against brain cancer. He now serves as an Instructor of Communication courses at Lehigh Carbon Community College, teaching interpersonal communication, oral presentation, intercultural communication, and communication theory courses.
He earned his B.A. in Communication from Herbert H. Lehman College, and his M.C.I.S. in Communication from Rutgers University.

Philip Rippke, M.A.

Brion White, Ph.D.