Faculty and Staff

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

Featured Intern

Molly Payne
Molly Payne

This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Philadelphia Union, a Major League Soccer team. This was an incredible experience for me since I am pursuing a career in the professional sports industry. The internship also helped enhance my communication skills that I have gained at Bloomsburg University. During the internship, I assisted with donation requests, soccer clinics, grassroots marketing, and other promotional events. I also networked with professionals and athletes from all over the country and from around the world. Changing my major to Communication Studies during my sophomore year was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. My internship experience allowed me to apply my skills and knowledge from the classroom into a real world environment.

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Featured Alumna

Kelly Weidner
Kelly Weidner
, class of 2013 - BA Communication Studies - Interpersonal Communication Area of Concentration. Kelly served as a social media intern with Warrior Canine Connection, Brookeville, MD. A non-profit organization breeding service dogs for veterans with combat related injuries. Upon graduating Kelly pursued employment opportunities specifically focused on supporting the war-fighter. Now a defense contractor, Kelly is currently tasked as a Scientific Engineering and Technical Assistant (SETA) for the Contracts Management Office (CMO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Some of the work involves drafting modifications, memos, financial reconciliation, invention reporting, and contract closeout. Work is done both with University and Industry; folks like Caltech, MIT, Boston Dynamics, and Lockheed Martin. You may have heard of DARPA for their invention of the internet or Apple’s “Siri.” Kelly aspires to become a warranted Contracting Officer for the Department of Defense.

Department Faculty

Lauren Mackenzie, Ph.D.

Dr. MackenzieDr. Lauren Mackenzie joined the Bloomsburg University Communication Studies faculty in the Fall of 2014 and teaches courses devoted to Intercultural Communication, Conflict Management and Communication Theory. She is a faculty liaison for the Teaching & Learning Enhancement Center and serves on the BU Veterans Advisory Committee.

Dr. Mackenzie is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Culture and Language at Norwich University and from 2009-2014, Dr. Mackenzie served as Associate Professor of Cross-Cultural Communication at the U. S. Air Force Culture and Language Center. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts and taught intercultural competence courses throughout the Department of Defense over the past five years. Previously, she taught a variety of intercultural and interpersonal communication courses at the University of Massachusetts, the State University of New York, and Columbus State University, among others. Dr. Mackenzie's research centers around the verbal, paralinguistic and nonverbal components that comprise the communication of respect across cultures. 

Her most recent conference presentations are:

Mackenzie, L. (2015). "A Framework for Conceptualizing the Communication of Respect in WPS Initiatives". Invited speaker at the U.S. Naval War College’s Women, Peace & Security Conference. Newport, RI.

Mackenzie, L. (2015). “Connecting Culture, Communication & Leadership.” Invited speaker at the PASSHE Women’s Consortium Staff Leadership Institute. State College, PA.
Mackenzie, L. & Wallace, M. (2015). "Crossing Cultural Borders: A Proposed S.O.P. for Military Cross-Cultural Communication.” Paper presented at the Military Sociology Division of the Eastern Sociological Society Conference, New York, NY.

Mackenzie, L. (2014). The Effective Use of Situational Judgment Tests: A Teaching Technique By and For Student Veterans. Panel presentation delivered at the National Communication Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

Her most recent publications include:

Mackenzie, L. & Wallace, M. (2015). Intentional Design: Using Iterative Modification to Enhance Online Learning for Professional Cohorts. In T. Milburn (Ed.) Communicating User Experience: Applying Local Strategies Research to Digital Media Design. Rowman & Littlefield.

Mackenzie, L. (2014). Strategic Enablers: How Intercultural Communication Skills Advance Micro-Level International Security. Journal of Culture, Language & International Security. 1 (1): 85-96.

Mackenzie, L. & Wallace, M. (2014). Cross-Cultural Communication Contributions to Professional Military Education: A Distance Learning Case Study. In (R. Greene-Sands & A. Greene-Sands, eds.) Cross- Cultural Competence for a 21st Century Military: Lanham, MD: Lexington.