What's New:

Dr Shavonne Shorter was featured on the “Get to know your campus” video series. You can watch it here.



Congrats to Facia Sirleaf for receiving the Outstanding Student in Communication Studies Award - 2018!

Congratulations to graduate Tamika Austin - for winning an award from the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA) Read more.

Congratulations to Amanda Weaver and her debate partner Tanisha Webster (Business Administration) for winning the 4th Annual Frederick Douglass Debate Society Tournament on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at West Chester University. We are very proud of you!


Congrats to The National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC)! NCASC was selected as the 2018 Bloomsburg University Student Organization of the Year for their outstanding work in the areas of leadership, programming, and service.

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Josh Lloyd
I'm a BloomU senior in the Communication Studies major with a Leadership/ Public Advocacy concentration. I'm also majoring in Spanish and minoring in Arabic and Linguistics. I chose the Communication Studies major with a Leadership/ Public Advocacy concentration to complement my language major.
Here at Bloom, I'm the Editor-in-Chief of The Voice, our campus newspaper, and a member of the Tabletop Gaming Club. My overarching goal is a career in Foreign Services or entertainment journalism.
What I value most from the Communication Studies major is the versatility of the program. Great communication skills transcend all careers and cultures. This was never more evident than when I traveled to Costa Rica in Fall 2017 for a semester abroad, using skills I'd learned from both of my majors to observe, explore and learn as much as possible.
I definitely want to thank Dr. Erin Brummett for introducing me to the major way back in Fall 2015, when I took Interpersonal Communication. I also have to thank my advisor, Dr. Kai Kuang, for guiding me every step of the way and helping me with an ambitious Honors Program research project.
In all honesty, I have to thank the entire Communication Studies department, which goes above and beyond to make sure Comm majors have the best opportunities available to them after graduation and are prepared to surmount any challenges they might face in the professional world.

Featured Student

Gabrielle Narr
I am currently a Junior at Bloomsburg University in the Communication Studies major with a concentration in Organizational Communication. I also have a minor in Human Resources. The decision to choose this major and minor was the best decision I could have made as an incoming freshman. The classes I have taken in my major and minor have set me up to be successful in any career I choose. I am now an ethical thinker, organized, have great interpersonal skills, work well in diverse groups, and thrive as a public speaker. Not only have I gained these great skills, but being a Communication Studies major has given me the courage to get involved, which led to me joining my national sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. Throughout my time in Phi Sigma Sigma I have held three leadership positions which are, scholarship chair, sisterhood development chair, and fundraising chair. I loved fundraising when I did it and it gave me the inspiration to want to pursue a career in Event Planning. Through my connections in Phi Sigma Sigma I received the opportunity to intern over the winter of 2017 at an event planning company called Philly2Night. During my internship I was involved in the process of planning and implementing events. I also worked closely with the events production manager. My favorite event that we planned was our New Years Eve Gala at the Seaport Museum. During my time as an intern at Philly2Night I gained real life experience, personal growth, field experience, and professional skill building. Throughout my time in the Communication Studies Department there have been two professors that have really stood out and helped me strive to be my best. Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Mary King have really been a great inspiration to me. They both encouraged me to be ambitious and do something that I never thought I would be able to do— achieve a 4.0 in the Spring 2017 semester. I also served as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Mary King's Introduction to Communication Studies course. This provided an opportunity to build leadership and teamwork skills. I am very grateful for my professors and classmates that have helped me become the best version of myself. Communication Studies has prepared me for life after graduation, even if I'm not ready to graduate.

Department Faculty

Janet Bodenman, Ph.D.

Dr. Janet BodenmanDr. Bodenman earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication 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. She regularly teaches Communication Training in Organizations, Leadership and Teambuilding, Interviewing, Organizational Communication Theory, Communication and Conflict, Communication in the Family, Public Speaking, and Interpersonal Communication. She has been awarded an Outstanding Teaching Award from the Bloomsburg University Teaching and Learning Enhancement center, and subsequently was selected to serve as co-chair of the center for six years.

Since coming to Bloomsburg University Dr. Bodenman has given more than one hundred and twenty invited presentations and workshops to on campus clubs, groups, and classes, and has spoken to thirty-five different community groups. She has developed lectures, activities, and workshops on nonverbal communication, communication skills for resolving interpersonal conflict, developing decision-making and leadership skills for self and group, communication assertiveness, negotiation skills, public speaking, building confidence, and effective communication in the selection interview. These were presented to health care workers, teachers, doctors, bankers, forestry workers, credit union employees, human resources professionals, managers, and higher education staff and students.

Dr. Bodenman is a certified mediator, a former grievance chair coordinator, and has served as a consultant to non-profit groups such as the Bloomsburg Community Friendship Meal, the American Red Cross, the Bloomsburg YMCA, the Bloomsburg Women’s Center, Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc., Geisinger Medical Center, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, and for-profits like PennDot, The Meadows Psychiatric Facility, State College Architectural firm, Nautilus and Fitness, and educational institutions such as the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit; Communication Studies Department at SUNY Oneonta, TRIo Upward Bound, PASSHE Human Resource Professionals, and the Department’s of Forestry and of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University.

Service to the department and the university encompasses much of the time she spends outside of teaching and research. She has served on most of the major university wide committees and departmental committees, and is currently serving as a member of the Bloomsburg University Curriculum Committee, and as chair of the departmental evaluation committee. She was awarded an assessment fellowship to co-write a comprehensive test for majors, has won a Dean’s Salute to Excellence Award, and has served as a Bloomsburg University Commencement Speaker.

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 leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, and National Communication Association mainly in the area of applied communication. Convention papers, and publication and manuscript submissions, focus on the communication of employee-employer fit in the selection interview, as well as other areas of interest such as work-life balance, conflict management processes, building groups into teams, 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.

Contact Information:
Department of Communication Studies
Bloomsburg University
1103 McCormick Health and Human Services
Bloomsburg University, PA 17815
(570) 389-4575 work phone