What's New

Congrats to Kim Hollister - The BU Student Employee of the Year! Kim, a senior chemistry major who works as an office assistant for the Communication Studies Department, won a $500 scholarship funded through the University Foundation.


Please see our Communication Studies Newsletters:


The BU Department of Communication Studies is officially on social media! Please like our Facebook page and our Twitter page and share with friends who may be interested!

 


Featured
Student

Facia Nyego Sirleaf
Beginning my undergraduate career as an undeclared student was the best decision I could have ever made. It allowed me the opportunity to fall in love with Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Communication Studies. Not only has this area of study enhanced the love I have for Anthropology and gender and ethnicity, it has given me the confidence I need to thrive as a public speaker and critical thinker. Through classes such as Gender issues in Communication, I was able to develop a passion for analyzing gender as well as ethnicity in different cultural contexts, specifically African culture. After learning tools to effectively communicate in professional settings and volunteering for two semesters, I interned at The Women’s Resource Center on campus and worked as a teaching assistant in the Communication Studies department. I have also won the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant (U.R.S.C.A.), which I used to conduct research in Fez, Morocco for my project titled I Like the Color: Race and Ethnicity in Morocco.  I have also presented research at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) conference titled Romance Never Dies: An Ethnographic Study of Romance Novel Enthusiasts which focused on an application of literary anthropology.
I believe that Communication Studies has prepared me for graduate school as well helping me become a well-grounded scholar. Public speaking, gender issues in communication, and intercultural communication prepared me the most with being able to engage with audiences and articulate the love I have for my areas of study. With everything I have learned I plan to complete graduate studies by combining my love for Communication and African Studies to one day be able to work for the United Nations.

Featured Graduate

Boe Kline

I have always wanted to speak publically as a career, especially on topics of inspiration and purpose. Being part of the Communication Studies program has helped me to “know my audience,” their needs, as well as equipped me with strategies to best address these needs. I have used these strategies often, as I have been asked to speak on nearly 20 occasions, with audiences ranging from at-risk students like myself, to clubs, students and faculty at a national conference, as well as women’s issues. I plan to continue speaking, studying purpose, and creating ways to help others find it.

Department News:
June - 2013

Publications
Kim, S., Kim, J., & Lim, T. (2013). The impact of cultural holism on conflict management style in colleagueship and friendship: A cross-cultural study. Studies in Communication Sciences, 13, 58-66. doi: 10.1016/j.scoms.2013.04.001

Tenzek, K. E., Herrman, A. A., May, A. Feiner, B., & Allen, M. (2013). Examining the impact of parental disclosure of HIV on children: A meta-analysis. Western Journal of Communication, 77, 323-339.

Conference Presentations
Kim, J., Song, H., & Luo, W. (2013, June). Measurement of social presence. Paper presented at the Conference of the International Communication Association, London, UK.

Nagy, N. E., & Theiss, J. A. (2013, June). Sources of irritating partner behavior in empty-nest marriages and relationship characteristics that predict their severity and expression. Paper presented at the Conference of the International Communication Association, London, UK.

Song, H., Kim, J., Luo, W., & May, A. (2013, June). The role of teacher self-disclosure in online education. Paper presented at the Conference of the International Communication Association, London, UK.

Conference Attendance
Dr. Mary Nagy, Dr. Kelly Tenzek, and Dr. Jihyun Kim attended an annual conference of International Communication Association (ICA).  ICA is an academic association for scholars who are interested in the study of human and mediated communication, and ICA holds an annual conference, alternating between the United States and a country abroad.  This year, the conference was held in London, United Kingdom from June 17 to June 21. 

Dr. Kim presented papers in her area of interest titled “Measurement of social presence” and “The role of teacher self-disclosure in online education” and she met with co-authors and collaborators and shared great new ideas for future research in the area of (tele)presence.  Dr. Nagy presented her work titled “Sources of irritating partner behavior in empty-nest marriages and relationship characteristics that predict their severity and expression” and was in a high-density panel where there were several short presentations and then time allowed for people to view posters and ask questions of the scholars.  Dr. Tenzek supported her colleagues and networked with communication scholars to share ideas and plan future collaborations.

The conference was a great experience.  It offered opportunities for meeting with old friends and colleagues and making new acquaintances in an academic environment, which not only contributed to current research agendas, but also added depth to the examples that can be used in the classroom.  After professional duties were fulfilled Drs. Nagy, Tenzek, and Kim took some time to enjoy local food, take in the sights and new culture, and learn a new system of transportation referred to as the Tube, in which the phrase “mind the gap” quickly became a part of their vernacular.  ICA was a great conference experience and Drs. are looking forward to the next year where ICA will be in Seattle, WA.