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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
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

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.