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The Communication Studies department is made up of fourteen full-time (tenured/tenure-track) and nine 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 Alumna

Kelly Weidner
Kelly Weidner
, class of 2013 - BA Communication Studies - Interpersonal Communication Area of Concentration. Kelly served as a social media intern with Warrior Canine Connection, Brookeville, MD. A non-profit organization breeding service dogs for veterans with combat related injuries. Upon graduating Kelly pursued employment opportunities specifically focused on supporting the war-fighter. Now a defense contractor, Kelly is currently tasked as a Scientific Engineering and Technical Assistant (SETA) for the Contracts Management Office (CMO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Some of the work involves drafting modifications, memos, financial reconciliation, invention reporting, and contract closeout. Work is done both with University and Industry; folks like Caltech, MIT, Boston Dynamics, and Lockheed Martin. You may have heard of DARPA for their invention of the internet or Apple’s “Siri.” Kelly aspires to become a warranted Contracting Officer for the Department of Defense.

Department Faculty

Dale A. Bertelsen, Ph.D.

BertelsenDr. Bertelsen joined the faculty in 1988. With a focus in leadership and social influence,his research interests include the analysis of media and communication technologies, the rhetoric of genocide, and the intrusion and implications of violence in cross-generational cultural transmission. He teaches courses such as Public Speaking, Examining Communication, Issue and Image Campaigns, and Strategic Communication. In addition he has directed M.A. and Honors theses. Dr. Bertelsen is co-author of a book entitled Analyzing Media: Communication Technologies as Symbolic and Cognitive Systems (Guilford, 1996). He has published articles in journals such as Communication Education, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Communication Quarterly, The Speech Communication Teacher, and Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.

Dr. Bertelsen has served in several major positions in the discipline of communication. In 1995-1996, he served as President of the Eastern Communication Association, the oldest professional organization in the communication discipline. He also has served as President of the Speech Communication Association of Pennsylvania from 1991-1992, as Newsletter Editor of the Kenneth Burke Society from 1989-1990, as Editor of Publications for the Kenneth Burke Society from 1991-1993, as Book Review Editor for Critical Studies in Media Communication from 1999-2001 and as Editor of Communication Quarterly from 2001-2003.

Dr. Bertelsen’s leadership and service have been honored through Distinguished Service Awards from the Kenneth Burke Society (1996), the Eastern Communication Association (1998), and the Speech Communication Association of Pennsylvania (1999). His scholarly activities have been recognized through the Kenneth Burke Society’s Emerging Scholar Award (1993) and the Eastern Communication Associations’ Everett Lee Hunt Award for outstanding scholarship (1997). In addition, Dr. Bertelsen was named a Distinguished Teaching Fellow of the Eastern Communication Association in 1997. In 1998, he received the Dean’s Salute for Excellence Award from Bloomsburg University.

In 2004 Dr. Bertelsen was a Fulbright scholar lecturing at Karazin National University in Kharkov, Ukraine. He is currently listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and the Directory of American Scholars.