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Congrats to Kim Hollister - The BU Student Employee of the Year! Kim, a senior chemistry major who works as an office assistant for the Communication Studies Department, won a $500 scholarship funded through the University Foundation.


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Featured
Student

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

David Heineman, Ph.D.

HeinemanDr. Heineman joined the faculty in 2007. He earned his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and a Masters and Bachelors degrees in Speech Communication from Syracuse University.

Dr. Heineman’s primary research interests are located at the intersection of rhetorical theory and criticism and new media technologies. He is author of Thinking About Video Games:
Interviews With the Experts (Indiana University Press, 2015) and co-author of Rhetoric Online:
The Politics of New Media
with Barbara Warnick (Peter Lang, 2012).  Other recent scholarship has focused on game studies, gender in media, the rhetoric of memes, and digital aesthetics.  Dr. Heineman also has research interests in visual rhetoric, public memory, social movements, the rhetoric of science and technology, media criticism, narrative theory, and political communication. He currently teaches classes such as Media and Visual Culture, The Art, History, and Culture of Video Games, Examining Communication, Understanding Social Influence, Gender Issues in Communication, Honors Communication, Issue and Image Campaigns, Persuasion in American Cinema, and Public Speaking.

Dr. Heineman frequently presents his work at international, national, and regional conferences and has earned top paper honors for some of his work. Recent presentations were made at the 2014 Games of Late Modernity Conference in Leusden, NL, the 2013 National Communication Association Convention in Washington, DC, and the 2012 Rhetoric Society of America Convention in Philadelphia, PA.  He has published essays and other original work in scholarly journals such as New Media and Society and The Journal of Games Criticism and on popular media sites like Kotaku.  He has reviewed for a number of highly regarded journals including The Western Journal of Communication, New Media and Society, and Communication Quarterly.  Dr. Heineman has also been successful in acquiring competitive grants to assist in teaching new courses and furthering new research.

In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Heineman is active in areas of service.  He currently serves as the chair of the College of Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee, has chaired the Communication Studies Search Committee, has been an advisor to the Communication Studies Honor Society Lambda Pi Eta, and is involved in various other university, college, and departmental committees such as the Evaluation and Tenure committees. He has given invited lectures on campus for the TALE Center, for the Student Employee of the Year Luncheon, and for the Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority.