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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

Kai Kuang, Ph.D.

Dr. Kai KuangDr. Kai Kuang joined the Department of Communication Studies at Bloomsburg University in Fall 2015.  Her research focuses on health and risk communication at the intersection of interpersonal and mediated communication. Specifically, Dr. Kuang’s research examines uncertainty in risk communication, new media-based risk and health communication, and health campaigns. Her dissertation meta-analyzed the effects of uncertainty on individuals’ information management (e.g., information seeking, information avoiding, cognitive reappraisal) within illness contexts.

In her research, Dr. Kuang embraces quantitative, qualitative, and meta-analytic research methods. She has extensive training on quantitative methods for communication research, including multi-level modeling, structural equation modeling, and social network analysis. Dr. Kuang’s research has appeared in Communication Monographs, Journal of Risk Research, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, as well as professional outlets such as the Guardian.

Dr. Kuang has a strong passion for teaching. Before joining Bloomsburg, she had six years of teaching experience at Purdue University, where she earned her Ph.D. degree in Communication and M.A. in Public Relations. She has taught Quantitative Methods for Communication Research, Communication and Emerging Technology, Mass Communication and Society, Introduction to Advertising, and Fundamentals of Speech Communication. At Bloomsburg University, she teaches Communication Research Methods, Interpersonal Communication, and Health Communication.

Dr. Kuang is devoted to serving the communication discipline and the community.  She is a member of the International Communication Association (ICA) and the National Communication Association (NCA) and regularly reviews for both ICA and NCA conferences. As an Emerging Leaders in Science and Society (ELISS) fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Dr. Kuang has worked on interdisciplinary teams and worked with local communities to understand issues related to food and nutrition communication. Her continuing involvement in the Purdue Peace Project in West Africa allows her to use knowledge about communication to serve international communities outside the U.S. Through teaching, research, and engagement, Dr. Kuang seeks to contribute to the larger communication discipline as well as local and international communities.