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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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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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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

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.