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Holly Davis
The end is quickly approaching but as I reflect on my time here, I could not be more thankful for the experiences and memories I have accumulated over the past four years. Majoring in Communication Studies, with an Organizational Communication track and having a minor in Human Resources, has opened many doors for me and has prepared me for the professional world. I also have to give special thanks to the National Communication Association Student Club for giving me great advice and even greater friends. I am sad to leave Bloomsburg, but I am eager to start my next chapter at a biopharmaceutical company called Trevena in King of Prussia and show off all the skills I have acquired at Bloomsburg. I will be interning in their HR Department where I will train the new employees on their compensation and benefits packages.

Featured Graduate

Boe Kline

I have always wanted to speak publically as a career, especially on topics of inspiration and purpose. Being part of the Communication Studies program has helped me to “know my audience,” their needs, as well as equipped me with strategies to best address these needs. I have used these strategies often, as I have been asked to speak on nearly 20 occasions, with audiences ranging from at-risk students like myself, to clubs, students and faculty at a national conference, as well as women’s issues. I plan to continue speaking, studying purpose, and creating ways to help others find it.

Department Faculty

Erin Brummett, Ph.D.

Dr. Erin BrummettDr. Erin A. Brummett joined the Bloomsburg faculty in the fall of 2015.  She earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from The University of Iowa and her M.A. degree from the University of Delaware.  Her area of focus for both graduate programs was Interpersonal Communication with emphases on research methodology and social approaches to the study of communication. 

She currently teaches courses in the Interpersonal Communication area of study in the major, including Interracial Communication, Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management and Resolution.  Dr. Brummett has a strong passion for teaching.  She is exceedingly dedicated to providing students with the tools necessary to engage with communication theory, practice, and methodology in ways that advance their academic and personal success as students and citizens of the communities in which they take part.

Dr. Brummett’s research program primarily centers on communication surrounding alternative romantic relationships, information and privacy management, and social support processes.  She is committed to examining relational contexts as they are situated within social networks and cultural discourses, which are often underrepresented in academic literature and sit outside the realm of normative relational scripts.  Most of her current research is tailored toward understanding the communicative practices of interracial romantic partners in order to contribute a discussion to the discipline concerning associations between race, culture, and interpersonal relating.  These emphases are integrally connected to her dissertation project, which set forth a grounded theory of social support that explicates cohesive, long-term support processes among interracial romantic partners and their parents with a focus on support expectations, expectation violations, and consequent support and strain outcomes.

Dr. Brummett’s research has appeared in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and the Western Journal of Communication. She frequently presents her research at national and regional conferences associated with the National Communication Association, the Eastern Communication Association, and the International Association of Relationship Research.

Akin to her passion for teaching and research is her enthusiasm for service.  Regarding service to the discipline, Dr. Brummett has served as an ad hoc reviewer for Personal Relationships and Health Communication.  She also frequently serves as a conference paper reviewer for various divisions within the National Communication Association.  In terms of service to Bloomsburg University, Dr. Brummett serves as an advisor to the BU Forensics Team and a Center for Leadership and Engagement workshop leader.  Her service to the Department of Communication Studies includes membership on the curriculum, program review, search and screen, and sabbatical committees as well as serving as one of the department’s TALE ambassadors.

Through teaching, research, and service, Dr. Brummett aims to contribute knowledge to the wider community surrounding the importance of communication in interpersonal relations and everyday lived experiences.