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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.


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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Nicole Russell
Nicole Russell
- This past summer, I was honored to be selected as the sole intern to work with the American Wedding Group (AWG), the nation’s premier wedding service company. AWG is a major provider of wedding photography, videography, and DJ services. This opportunity was a great experience for me because I dream of having a career in the event planning industry. Throughout this internship, I was able to see the ins and outs of such a large company. I worked closely with the Director of Marketing and the Director of Sales. Over the course of this internship, I assisted in developing different marketing campaigns, the launch of a new brand, and attended sales showcases. This internship has provided me with experience in the event planning industry that I would have never received otherwise. The time that I spent with AWG has allowed me to discover my knack for event planning. I am very excited to see what the future has to offer upon graduation in the spring.

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.