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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 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.