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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.

Featured Intern

Molly Payne
Molly Payne

This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Philadelphia Union, a Major League Soccer team. This was an incredible experience for me since I am pursuing a career in the professional sports industry. The internship also helped enhance my communication skills that I have gained at Bloomsburg University. During the internship, I assisted with donation requests, soccer clinics, grassroots marketing, and other promotional events. I also networked with professionals and athletes from all over the country and from around the world. Changing my major to Communication Studies during my sophomore year was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. My internship experience allowed me to apply my skills and knowledge from the classroom into a real world environment.

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Featured Alumna

Kelly Weidner
Kelly Weidner
, class of 2013 - BA Communication Studies - Interpersonal Communication Area of Concentration. Kelly served as a social media intern with Warrior Canine Connection, Brookeville, MD. A non-profit organization breeding service dogs for veterans with combat related injuries. Upon graduating Kelly pursued employment opportunities specifically focused on supporting the war-fighter. Now a defense contractor, Kelly is currently tasked as a Scientific Engineering and Technical Assistant (SETA) for the Contracts Management Office (CMO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Some of the work involves drafting modifications, memos, financial reconciliation, invention reporting, and contract closeout. Work is done both with University and Industry; folks like Caltech, MIT, Boston Dynamics, and Lockheed Martin. You may have heard of DARPA for their invention of the internet or Apple’s “Siri.” Kelly aspires to become a warranted Contracting Officer for the Department of Defense.

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.