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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

Angela La Valley, Ph.D.

Angela La ValleyDr. La Valley earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University and specializes in relational and family communication and social scientific research methods. She joined the faculty in 2007 and primarily teaches courses in the Interpersonal Communication track in the major, including Family Communication and Conflict Management & Mediation. Dr. La Valley also frequently teaches Communication Research Methods, Interpersonal Communication, and Public Speaking. 

Dr. La Valley’s primary research interests focus on conflict, relational maintenance, and emotion in close relationships. Her current research focuses on parent-child relationships in adulthood. She is also interested in the intersections between relational communication and health, i.e. how our communication in close relationships influences our health and how we communicate about health with significant others. Dr. La Valley’s research has appeared in the following scholarly journals: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Communication Quarterly, Communication Education, Health Communication, Behavioral Medicine, and she has a forthcoming publication in Communication Research. Dr. La Valley is also a coauthor of a chapter in The Sage Handbook of Conflict Communication. 

Dr. La Valley is also active in service to the discipline, the university, and the Communication Studies Department. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and frequently serves as a paper reader for disciplinary conferences. Dr. La Valley has served on the curriculum committee for the College of Liberal Arts and is actively interested in curricular issues. Within the Communication Studies department, she serves on the curriculum and planning and assessment committees. Dr. La Valley also serves as the department’s internship liaison and serves on the faculty advisory board for the Sophomore Experiential Learning program. Currently, Dr. La Valley is the advisor for the National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC) and she serves on the faculty advisory board for NCASC for the National Communication Association.