Faculty and Staff

The Communication Studies department is made up of fifteen 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

Eric C. Miller, Ph.D.

Eric C. Miller, Ph.D.Eric C. Miller joined the department in fall 2013 after completing a Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on religious participation in the public square, with special attention to conservative Christian political activism. A regular presenter at regional and national conferences, his writing has appeared in Rhetoric and Public Affairs, the Journal of Communication and Religion, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, and Voices of Democracy.

Dr. Miller teaches CS 321: Argument and Analysis, CS 106: Small Group Communication, and CS 103: Public Speaking, as well as a special topics course, CS 495: Studies in Propaganda. He comes to each of these with a "civic engagement" focus, encouraging students not just to become better speakers, but to think seriously about what they want to say. Students who enroll in any these courses will be encouraged to realize their potential both as thinkers and as citizens.

Additionally, Dr. Miller serves on several departmental committees, represents the department at the University Forum, edits the department newsletter, and serves as co-adviser to BU NORML, the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.