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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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Facia Nyego Sirleaf
Beginning my undergraduate career as an undeclared student was the best decision I could have ever made. It allowed me the opportunity to fall in love with Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Communication Studies. Not only has this area of study enhanced the love I have for Anthropology and gender and ethnicity, it has given me the confidence I need to thrive as a public speaker and critical thinker. Through classes such as Gender issues in Communication, I was able to develop a passion for analyzing gender as well as ethnicity in different cultural contexts, specifically African culture. After learning tools to effectively communicate in professional settings and volunteering for two semesters, I interned at The Women’s Resource Center on campus and worked as a teaching assistant in the Communication Studies department. I have also won the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant (U.R.S.C.A.), which I used to conduct research in Fez, Morocco for my project titled I Like the Color: Race and Ethnicity in Morocco.  I have also presented research at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) conference titled Romance Never Dies: An Ethnographic Study of Romance Novel Enthusiasts which focused on an application of literary anthropology.
I believe that Communication Studies has prepared me for graduate school as well helping me become a well-grounded scholar. Public speaking, gender issues in communication, and intercultural communication prepared me the most with being able to engage with audiences and articulate the love I have for my areas of study. With everything I have learned I plan to complete graduate studies by combining my love for Communication and African Studies to one day be able to work for the United Nations.

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