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Faculty and Staff

The Communication Studies department is made up of fifteen full-time (tenured/tenure-track) and eight adjunct faculty members. The faculty provide the department with a wide range of academic and professional expertise across the discipline.


Featured
Graduating Senior

Ashley GildnerAshley Gildner

I am a graduating senior with a Concentration in Organizational Communication. I have recently received a job offer as an Executive Team Leader at Target!! In this position, I will be acting as a leader on duty for the store; assisting in the recruiting and hiring process; and training new employees. My position as the Area Coordinator in the BU Kehr Union, as well as my Human Resource internship at PeopleShare, has prepared me the most for my new career. Courses such as Interviewing, Organizational Communication Theory and Communication Training in Organizations have also helped me with my career path. If it wasn’t for my courses in the major, involvement on campus, and my professors’ help, I would not be where I am today. A special thanks to Dr. Turnage and Dr. Bodenman for guiding me in all the right directions. Without your guidance I would not have achieved so much. For future Communication Majors, never stop setting goals and reaching your fullest potential! You can do anything you set your mind to, just BU!


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Featured Student

Karli Miiler

Karli Miller

One thing I’ve learned this semester in the Comm. Department is to not underestimate my abilities! What began as a paper in Dr. La Valley’s Family Communication course has developed into my Honors Program Thesis and has only grown since. Recently, I presented my research “Queering Marital Typologies: A Modern Recreation of Fitzpatrick’s Typological Approach Using Queer Couples” at the Eastern Communication Association annual conference in Baltimore, where I received recognition for having a Top 5 Paper in the Undergraduate Scholar’s Conference. I also will be presenting my research in Lambda Pi Eta's (the Communication Studies Honor Society) Top Scholarship competition (for the second year in a row!).


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.