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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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Damarah BrownDamarah Brown

In my first semester at Bloomsburg University, I enrolled in Interpersonal Communication and Introduction to Communication and quickly fell in love with the major. The communication studies professors taught me how to analyze how and why people communicate verbally, nonverbally, and in various settings such as organizations. My writing and presentation skills have grown tremendously since taking Communication Studies courses.
Since my freshman year I excelled academically in my courses, and I was also active outside of the classroom. I presented a poster at the 2015 Eastern Communication Association conference entitled “Disclosing Sexual History to Romantic Partners: Do Numbers Really Matter?” I also became an active member of the NCASC (Communication Club) as the public relations chairperson and the president of Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Studies Honor Society). As a recent graduate I am starting my career as a Community and Digital Engagement Specialist for dining services at the University of Delaware. Eventually I plan on enrolling in graduate school in an Integrated Marketing Communication program.


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Caitlin FlynnCaitlin Flynn

I majored in Communication Studies because I was not exactly sure of my career goals. I was interested in public relations and marketing along with television production and broadcasting. Upon applying to BU, I read about Communication Studies and thought it was a good fit for me because of the variety of concentrations it offered. From this experience, I am taking away skills that will transfer into the workplace, such as public speaking, working effectively with group members, and time management skills. After taking classes in the organizational communication area of concentration, I concluded I wanted to pursue a career in sales upon graduating. During my time at Bloomsburg, I was inducted into the Communication Studies Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta, and was also named Vice President of our chapter. During my time on the executive board, I became involved with the community as well as gained experience with organizing events. After graduation, I will be pursuing a career in Inside Sales for UPS in Greenville, SC. I feel that Bloomsburg University has prepared me for this next chapter and I am very excited for the journey.

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.