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Student

Robert West

I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg University who is graduating this Spring. I am a Communication Studies major, in the Leadership and Public Advocacy area of study. As a Communication Studies Major, I feel that the variety of courses I have completed will continue to benefit me throughout my future endeavors following graduation. In addition to the challenging curriculum of this major, the professors in the department have always encouraged me to work hard both inside and outside of the classroom. I currently hold an executive position as the treasurer of the National Communication Association Student Club. I have received so many valuable connections from being a part of the NCASC, therefore I would definitely recommend future and current students to get involved. I am also currently completing an internship at the Law Office of Christopher Opiel in Wilkes Barre, PA. I am proud to say that the Communication Studies program at Bloomsburg University has successfully prepared me for the professional world.


Featured Student

Holly Davis

I am a senior at Bloomsburg University who is graduating this May. I am a Communication Studies major, in the Organizational Track, with a minor in Human Resources. Majoring in Communication Studies has opened many doors for me. With it being so broad, it has lead me to a multitude of opportunities that helped me grow not only my network, but my professional experience as well. I currently work two jobs- I am a student worker in the Student Activities Office in the KUB and I also intern at McAdam Financial in Center City as a Recruiting intern. McAdam Financial has allowed me to have the experience of working in the corporate world while recruiting for potential Financial Advisors. I also hold an executive position for Communication Day in the National Communication Association Student Club. COMM Day is a one-day research symposium where faculty, professionals, and students can share their work. Putting COMM Day together involves a substantial amount of communication skills, hard work, and organization. Although COMM Day is hard work, I could have not been able to put it on without the help of the members of the NCASC and our wonderful advisor, Dr. Shavonne Shorter!

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.