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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The BU Department of Communication Studies is officially on social media! Please like our Facebook page and our Twitter page and share with friends who may be interested!

 


Featured
Student

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

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 Interpersonal Communication, Conflict Management and Resolution, a special topics course on Interracial Communication, and a new course that she developed for the department curriculum entitled Communicating Identity and Difference. 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, identity, 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 Familiy Communication, 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 (NCA), the Eastern Communication Association (ECA), and the International Association of Relationship Research (IARR).

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 multiple regional and national journals. She also frequently serves as a conference paper reviewer and conference panel chair and respondent for various divisions within NCA and ECA. In terms of service to Bloomsburg University, Dr. Brummett serves as an advisor to the BU Forensics Team and is an elected member of the Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee. She is also the current chair of the APSCUF Social Justice Committee and is a current member of the Campus Climate Survey for Diversity and Inclusion committee, the Ethnic Studies Minor committee, and the Diversity Conference for PA high school students committee. Dr. Brummett’s service to the Department of Communication Studies includes serving as the current advisor to the department’s Lambda Pi Eta honor society chapter as well as her membership on the curriculum, search and screen, and sabbatical committees.

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