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Please see our Communication Studies Newsletter - Spring 2017

 

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Featured
Graduate

Holly Davis
The end is quickly approaching but as I reflect on my time here, I could not be more thankful for the experiences and memories I have accumulated over the past four years. Majoring in Communication Studies, with an Organizational Communication track and having a minor in Human Resources, has opened many doors for me and has prepared me for the professional world. I also have to give special thanks to the National Communication Association Student Club for giving me great advice and even greater friends. I am sad to leave Bloomsburg, but I am eager to start my next chapter at a biopharmaceutical company called Trevena in King of Prussia and show off all the skills I have acquired at Bloomsburg. I will be interning in their HR Department where I will train the new employees on their compensation and benefits packages.


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.