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Faculty and Staff

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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Graduate

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

Janet Bodenman, Ph.D.

Dr. Bodenman earned her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, joining the faculty at Bloomsburg University in 1991. With an applied communication focus, her teaching and research interests center on interpersonal and small group processes within organizations. In the Organizational Communication and Interpersonal Relationship Management tracks of the major she regularly teaches Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Theory, Organizational Communication Theory, Communication and Conflict, Communication in the Family, Leadership and Teambuilding, and Interviewing. She has directed a number of M.A., and Honors theses, as well as mentored undergraduate student research that has won state awards and been presented at conventions.

Dr. Bodenman has been active on the editorial boards of Communication Research Reports, Journal of the Pacific Northwest, and the Pennsylvania Communication Annual, and has held or holds leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, and National Communication Association mainly in the area of applied communication. Convention papers, publication and manuscript submissions, center on work stemming from her dissertation focus on selection interviewing and values, as well as other areas of interest such as social support for grief/loss or parents of twins, parent-care giver communication during times of loss of child, and application of applied communication strategies in the classroom.

An active university and community participant, Dr. Bodenman has served on the Institutional Review Board, Honors Advisory, Tenure, Sabbatical, Faculty Professional Development, American Democracy, and University Assessment committees, as well as on search committees for honors director, dean of the college of liberal arts, and interim dean of the college of liberal arts. She is a certified mediator, currently serving as one of 18 members of the Bloomsburg University mediation team. She regularly speaks to various classes, clubs, and community groups on a variety of communication topics. Expertise is shared in volunteer recruitment for the local soup kitchen, and for a bone marrow drive, and as president of P.E.O., a philanthropic society for women. She also founded the National Communication Association Student Club at Bloomsburg University, an extracurricular activity focused on academic and professional advancement of communication issues and activities, and involving monthly speakers, the production of a newsletter, and convention attendance.