What's New:

Dr Shavonne Shorter was featured on the “Get to know your campus” video series. You can watch it here.

 


 

Congrats to Facia Sirleaf for receiving the Outstanding Student in Communication Studies Award - 2018!

Congratulations to graduate Tamika Austin - for winning an award from the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA) Read more.

Congratulations to Amanda Weaver and her debate partner Tanisha Webster (Business Administration) for winning the 4th Annual Frederick Douglass Debate Society Tournament on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at West Chester University. We are very proud of you!

 

Congrats to The National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC)! NCASC was selected as the 2018 Bloomsburg University Student Organization of the Year for their outstanding work in the areas of leadership, programming, and service.


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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

Josh Lloyd
I'm a BloomU senior in the Communication Studies major with a Leadership/ Public Advocacy concentration. I'm also majoring in Spanish and minoring in Arabic and Linguistics. I chose the Communication Studies major with a Leadership/ Public Advocacy concentration to complement my language major.
Here at Bloom, I'm the Editor-in-Chief of The Voice, our campus newspaper, and a member of the Tabletop Gaming Club. My overarching goal is a career in Foreign Services or entertainment journalism.
What I value most from the Communication Studies major is the versatility of the program. Great communication skills transcend all careers and cultures. This was never more evident than when I traveled to Costa Rica in Fall 2017 for a semester abroad, using skills I'd learned from both of my majors to observe, explore and learn as much as possible.
I definitely want to thank Dr. Erin Brummett for introducing me to the major way back in Fall 2015, when I took Interpersonal Communication. I also have to thank my advisor, Dr. Kai Kuang, for guiding me every step of the way and helping me with an ambitious Honors Program research project.
In all honesty, I have to thank the entire Communication Studies department, which goes above and beyond to make sure Comm majors have the best opportunities available to them after graduation and are prepared to surmount any challenges they might face in the professional world.

Featured Student

Gabrielle Narr
I am currently a Junior at Bloomsburg University in the Communication Studies major with a concentration in Organizational Communication. I also have a minor in Human Resources. The decision to choose this major and minor was the best decision I could have made as an incoming freshman. The classes I have taken in my major and minor have set me up to be successful in any career I choose. I am now an ethical thinker, organized, have great interpersonal skills, work well in diverse groups, and thrive as a public speaker. Not only have I gained these great skills, but being a Communication Studies major has given me the courage to get involved, which led to me joining my national sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. Throughout my time in Phi Sigma Sigma I have held three leadership positions which are, scholarship chair, sisterhood development chair, and fundraising chair. I loved fundraising when I did it and it gave me the inspiration to want to pursue a career in Event Planning. Through my connections in Phi Sigma Sigma I received the opportunity to intern over the winter of 2017 at an event planning company called Philly2Night. During my internship I was involved in the process of planning and implementing events. I also worked closely with the events production manager. My favorite event that we planned was our New Years Eve Gala at the Seaport Museum. During my time as an intern at Philly2Night I gained real life experience, personal growth, field experience, and professional skill building. Throughout my time in the Communication Studies Department there have been two professors that have really stood out and helped me strive to be my best. Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Mary King have really been a great inspiration to me. They both encouraged me to be ambitious and do something that I never thought I would be able to do— achieve a 4.0 in the Spring 2017 semester. I also served as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Mary King's Introduction to Communication Studies course. This provided an opportunity to build leadership and teamwork skills. I am very grateful for my professors and classmates that have helped me become the best version of myself. Communication Studies has prepared me for life after graduation, even if I'm not ready to graduate.

Department News:

November Newsletter

Presentations

Arora, Aarti. (2016, November). Organizing health: Shifting work-life paradigm for better health, healing, and well-being. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Brummett, E. A. (2016, November). Debunking the pathology of interracial romantic relationships: A grounded theory of expectations for support and strain among interracial romantic partners and their family members. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Engstrom, C. L; Petre, E. A.; Petre, J. T. (2016, November). Rhetorical visions of gadget geekdom havens and hipster candidates: Analysis of the fast-growth businesses’ job ads—implications for job search. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Foote, J. G. (2016, November). Keeping civics civil: Structuring political discourse in argumentation and debate courses. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA. *Top Panel Award in the Argumentation and Forensics Division.

Heineman, D. S. & Wheeler, A. R. (2016, November). Jim Thorpe: The man, his namesake town, and the cruel erasure of both. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Kuang, K., & Wilson, S. (2016, November). Uncertainty and information management in illness contexts: A meta-analytic review. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA. *Top Paper Award in the Health Communication Division.

King, M. E., & La Valley, A. G. (2016, November). Exploring the communicative and physiological manifestations of relational partner interference. Research in Progress Roundtable Presentation, National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

King, M. E. (2016, November). Features of conflict interaction that shape perceptions of affiliation and dominance during the transition to the empty-nest phase of marriage. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

King, M. E. (2016, November). Broadening the reach of communication scholarship: Applied scholarship through community engagement. Roundtable presented and chaired at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

La Valley, A. G. (2016, November). Fish tales: Using Big Fish to teach narrative paradigm and/or family stories. Presented as a Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S.), National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

La Valley, A., & Roth, K. (2016, November). Ready to learn: How to get your students to come to class prepared. TALE Center workshop/presentation.
Miller, E. C. (2016, November). “Not about discrimination”: Religious freedom restoration acts and the question of intent in Indiana and Arkansas. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Miller, E. C. (2016, November). Rhetoric, Religion, and Freedom. Preconference seminar organized and chaired at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Shorter, S. (2016, November). Broadening the reach of communication scholarship: Applied scholarship through community engagement. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Shorter, S. (2016, November). Life after grad school: The civic calling to construct a coherent research trajectory. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Shorter, S. (2016, November). Work and workers in contemporary capitalism: Domestic work, service work, and class. Panel chaired at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Shorter, S. (2016, November). An unpopularly constructed career: Understanding reasons why black students choose not to become professors. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.


Student Achievement

Members of the Bloomsburg University Frederick Douglass Debate Society also presented at the National Communication Association Convention in Philadelphia.

Karli Miller, Julian Moore-Griffin, William Turner, and Amanda Weaver took part in a demonstration titled “Are They Protestors or Rioters? A Debate About Public Reaction to Police Brutality,” chaired by Dr. Shavonne Shorter.

Stefon Brown, Jordan Kennedy, Tanisha Webster, and Amanda Weaver presented on a panel titled “Communication’s Civic Calling: Student-Led Protest, Civic Engagement, and the Frederick Douglass Debate Society,” chaired by Dr. Shavonne Shorter.

The group is advised by Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Eric C. Miller.


Awards

Dr. Kai Kuang was one of three awardees selected by the National Communication Association for the Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. NCA confers this very prestigious award on two to three people each year in recognition of the most outstanding dissertations completed in all areas of the discipline. Congrats, Dr. Kuang!

Dr. La Valley was awarded Curriculum Enhancement funds for Family Communication (COMMSTUD 419) to support student poster presentations, which will be held on Wednesday, December 7 from 10:00-11:50 in the New McCormick Lobby. Congrats, Dr. La Valley!

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Eric C. Miller’s interview with sociologist Arlie Hochschild appeared at Religion Dispatches on November 15. Her book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, was nominated for the National Book Award.