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Faculty and Staff

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

Graduating Senior

Ashley GildnerAshley Gildner

I am a graduating senior with a Concentration in Organizational Communication. I have recently received a job offer as an Executive Team Leader at Target!! In this position, I will be acting as a leader on duty for the store; assisting in the recruiting and hiring process; and training new employees. My position as the Area Coordinator in the BU Kehr Union, as well as my Human Resource internship at PeopleShare, has prepared me the most for my new career. Courses such as Interviewing, Organizational Communication Theory and Communication Training in Organizations have also helped me with my career path. If it wasn’t for my courses in the major, involvement on campus, and my professors’ help, I would not be where I am today. A special thanks to Dr. Turnage and Dr. Bodenman for guiding me in all the right directions. Without your guidance I would not have achieved so much. For future Communication Majors, never stop setting goals and reaching your fullest potential! You can do anything you set your mind to, just BU!

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Featured Student

Karli Miiler

Karli Miller

One thing I’ve learned this semester in the Comm. Department is to not underestimate my abilities! What began as a paper in Dr. La Valley’s Family Communication course has developed into my Honors Program Thesis and has only grown since. Recently, I presented my research “Queering Marital Typologies: A Modern Recreation of Fitzpatrick’s Typological Approach Using Queer Couples” at the Eastern Communication Association annual conference in Baltimore, where I received recognition for having a Top 5 Paper in the Undergraduate Scholar’s Conference. I also will be presenting my research in Lambda Pi Eta's (the Communication Studies Honor Society) Top Scholarship competition (for the second year in a row!).

Department Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Aarti Arora, M.A.

Ruth Beerman, Ph.D.

Jon Burr, Ph.D.

David Bradbury, Ph.D. Dr. Bradbury earned his BA in Speech and Theatre form Heidelberg College, his MA in Drama from West Virginia University and his Ph.D. in Communications from Temple University.  He has been teaching for 30+ years.  His research interest is in ‘audience analysis’.

Dr. Hanley-TejedaDavid Hanley-Tejeda, Ph.D. (Southern Illinois University, 2014), is currently a Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholar Fellow. Dr. Hanley-Tejeda teaches intercultural communication, public speaking, and interpersonal communication courses. In the classroom, Dr. Hanley-Tejeda uses poetry as a pedagogical method that enables students to analyze intercultural communication phenomena. Dr. Hanley-Tejeda is currently serving as the Interim Director of the Ethnic Studies Minor. His research uses creative qualitative methods like poetry and performative writing to examine racial identity. This past April, Hanley-Tejeda performed his solo show – “MeSo Mestizo”— based on his dissertation as the keynote performer for the Fifth Annual Gender Matters Conference at Governors State University. He led spoken word poetry workshops where conference attendees were taught the fundamentals of writing their own identity poems.

Elizabeth Petre, Ph.D.

Philip Rippke, M.A.

Brion White, Ph.D.