What's New:

The Bloomsburg University Xi Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, has been named the 2019 Chapter of the Year by the National Communication Association.


Congrats to Communication Studies student Kyle Bower for serving as APSCUF’s summer government-relations and communications intern.




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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Featured Student

Kynslee Shepherd
Just a little under four years ago, I received my acceptance letter from Bloomsburg University. Within the past month I received a second acceptance letter from Belmont University congratulating and welcoming me to their Master of Sport Administration program. This acceptance could have not been made possible without the foundation that Bloomsburg University has given me, and in part I owe a huge thank you to the Communication Studies Department. When I was a freshman, I had not a clue in the world what I wanted to pursue professionally, and I bounced between a few different majors until finally declaring Communication Studies. The foundation and guidance that classes and faculty have given me are abundantly appreciated. I see the skills and knowledge that I have developed being a crucial part leading into this next step of my education. After I complete graduate school, I hope to find my place in the professional sports world, hopefully in an Operations position or Fan Development. My goal is to become to become an Athletic Director for a powerhouse Division I University.

Department News:
October 2014


Dr. Kathryn Hobson received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the GLBTQ Division of the National Communication Association.

Dr. Jim Tomlinson received the prestigious Robert T. Oliver Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Communication Association, recognizing “faithful service and outstanding teaching in the discipline of Communication Studies.”



Beerman, R. J. (2014). Toned arms or big butt? Michelle Obama disturbed notions of body, race, gender, and advocacy as Let’s Move! spokesperson. In C. H. Palczewski (Ed.), Disturbing argument: Selected works from the 18th National Communication Association/American Forensics Association Alta conference on argumentation (pp. 81-86). New York, NY: Routledge.


Conference Presentations

Beerman, R. J. (2014, October). What fat talk really gains and loses: How Special K’s “shhhhut down fat talk” campaign reinscribes fatphobic norms. Paper presentation at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender conference, San Francisco, CA.

Rippke, P., & Beerman, R. J. (2014, October). Empowering alienation? Strength in solitude in Under the SkinPaper presentation at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender conference, San Francisco, CA

Invited Lectures

Dr. Lauren Mackenzie was invited to address the Air Force ROTC detachment at Wilkes University on October 17. Her presentation, “The Relevance of Cross-Cultural Competence for Air Force ROTC Students," was attended by Lieutenant Colonel Andy Greenfield and student cadets.

Dr. Eric C. Millerwas invited to address the First English Baptist Church prayer breakfast on October 11. Dr. Miller presented his research on the rhetoric of Christian testimony.