What's New:

The Bloomsburg University Xi Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, has been named the 2019 Chapter of the Year by the National Communication Association.


Congrats to Communication Studies student Kyle Bower for serving as APSCUF’s summer government-relations and communications intern.




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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Featured Student

Kynslee Shepherd
Just a little under four years ago, I received my acceptance letter from Bloomsburg University. Within the past month I received a second acceptance letter from Belmont University congratulating and welcoming me to their Master of Sport Administration program. This acceptance could have not been made possible without the foundation that Bloomsburg University has given me, and in part I owe a huge thank you to the Communication Studies Department. When I was a freshman, I had not a clue in the world what I wanted to pursue professionally, and I bounced between a few different majors until finally declaring Communication Studies. The foundation and guidance that classes and faculty have given me are abundantly appreciated. I see the skills and knowledge that I have developed being a crucial part leading into this next step of my education. After I complete graduate school, I hope to find my place in the professional sports world, hopefully in an Operations position or Fan Development. My goal is to become to become an Athletic Director for a powerhouse Division I University.

Department Faculty

David Heineman, Ph.D.

Heineman 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 topics such as collective memory, virtual reality, and gender in the media. Dr. Heineman also has research interests in visual rhetoric, social movements and social justice, the rhetoric of science and technology, media studies, narrative theory, and political communication. 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 served as a reviewer for a number of highly regarded journals including The Western Journal of Communication, New Media and Society, and Communication Quarterly.

Dr. Heineman teaches classes in rhetorical criticism (Examining Communication) and rhetorical theory (Understanding Social Influence), as well as courses such as New Media and Visual Culture, Community Leadership, Introduction to Communication Studies, and Public Speaking.

In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Heineman is active in areas of service. He has chaired the Bloomsburg University Tenure Committee, served on search and evaluation committees across campus, served as an advisor to the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies National Honor Society, and is involved in various other university, college, and departmental committees. He regularly gives invited lectures on campus and frequently serves as a moderator for university symposia.

Dr. Heineman earned his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and a Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Speech Communication from Syracuse University.