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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.


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Graduate

Damarah BrownDamarah Brown

In my first semester at Bloomsburg University, I enrolled in Interpersonal Communication and Introduction to Communication and quickly fell in love with the major. The communication studies professors taught me how to analyze how and why people communicate verbally, nonverbally, and in various settings such as organizations. My writing and presentation skills have grown tremendously since taking Communication Studies courses.
Since my freshman year I excelled academically in my courses, and I was also active outside of the classroom. I presented a poster at the 2015 Eastern Communication Association conference entitled “Disclosing Sexual History to Romantic Partners: Do Numbers Really Matter?” I also became an active member of the NCASC (Communication Club) as the public relations chairperson and the president of Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Studies Honor Society). As a recent graduate I am starting my career as a Community and Digital Engagement Specialist for dining services at the University of Delaware. Eventually I plan on enrolling in graduate school in an Integrated Marketing Communication program.


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Fatima Feldman

Fatima Feldman

I enrolled as a Communication Studies major because I liked the extensive course options. I have accomplished many things that I am proud of. For instance, making Dean’s List every semester, becoming a member of Lambda Pi Eta, and volunteering my time to help others. However what I will take away from my time at Bloomsburg is the impact my professors had in my personal and academic life. Dr. Bodenman, Dr. Turnage, and Dr. Miller are inspiring individuals who truly care. I do not think I would be the person that I am today without their altruism, encouragement, support, and guidance. I will miss them immensely, but I will forever be grateful for all their academic and life teachings. I will be completing my internship with the Bloomsburg University Foundation Inc. over the summer. This September I will be starting my career at Deloitte LLC, in their Human Capital branch as a Solutions Developer. I want to thank all the incredibly talented and kind professors that have made my college experience so far the best years of my life. I cannot wait to start the next chapter of my life!

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.