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Featured
Student

Robert West

I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg University who is graduating this Spring. I am a Communication Studies major, in the Leadership and Public Advocacy area of study. As a Communication Studies Major, I feel that the variety of courses I have completed will continue to benefit me throughout my future endeavors following graduation. In addition to the challenging curriculum of this major, the professors in the department have always encouraged me to work hard both inside and outside of the classroom. I currently hold an executive position as the treasurer of the National Communication Association Student Club. I have received so many valuable connections from being a part of the NCASC, therefore I would definitely recommend future and current students to get involved. I am also currently completing an internship at the Law Office of Christopher Opiel in Wilkes Barre, PA. I am proud to say that the Communication Studies program at Bloomsburg University has successfully prepared me for the professional world.


Featured Student

Holly Davis

I am a senior at Bloomsburg University who is graduating this May. I am a Communication Studies major, in the Organizational Track, with a minor in Human Resources. Majoring in Communication Studies has opened many doors for me. With it being so broad, it has lead me to a multitude of opportunities that helped me grow not only my network, but my professional experience as well. I currently work two jobs- I am a student worker in the Student Activities Office in the KUB and I also intern at McAdam Financial in Center City as a Recruiting intern. McAdam Financial has allowed me to have the experience of working in the corporate world while recruiting for potential Financial Advisors. I also hold an executive position for Communication Day in the National Communication Association Student Club. COMM Day is a one-day research symposium where faculty, professionals, and students can share their work. Putting COMM Day together involves a substantial amount of communication skills, hard work, and organization. Although COMM Day is hard work, I could have not been able to put it on without the help of the members of the NCASC and our wonderful advisor, Dr. Shavonne Shorter!

Department Faculty

Kara Shultz, Ph.D.

Dr. Shultz earned her Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Denver and joined the department in 1991. With a focus in leadership and social influence, her teaching and research interests include the analysis of role of rhetoric in constructing representations of diverse cultural identities. In addition to teaching core communication courses in Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Intercultural Communication, she regularly teaches the following courses in the Leadership and Social Influence track of the major: Understanding Social Influence, Community Leadership, and Issue and Image Campaigns.  In addition she has taught honors seminars in Free Speech and Community Values and Language, Culture, and Society. She utilizes radical pedagogy in the classroom and has developed, presented, and published original scholarly essays on the topic.

Her research primarily examines the rhetoric of social movements and other forms of marginal discourse; analyzing representations of gender, race, ethnicity, class and cultural identities in public discourse; and reconciling rhetorical theories from diverse cultural traditions, ranging from ancient to contemporary times, and demonstrating their relevance to civic life in our mediated society. Her latest research projects examine the controversy over the growing popularity of the use of technological innovations to perfect “disabled” bodies through cochlear implant surgery, bariatric surgery, and limb lengthening surgery.  She has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to study and has published several essays on the rhetoric of persons with disabilities appearing in the national journals the Quarterly Journal of Speech and The Howard Journal of Communications and in the edited volumes Conflict and Diversity and Handbook of Communication and People with Disabilities. She has presented papers on a variety of communication topics at national and regional conferences. She has served on the editorial board of Communication Quarterly and chaired the Rhetoric and Public Address and the Voices of Diversity divisions of the Eastern Communication Association. She has been both a leader and an active member of the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Committee (T.A.L.E.), the Women’s Studies Minor Advisory Board, and the Ethnic Studies Minor Advisory Board. She has served on the Bloomsburg University tenure, sabbatical, and faculty professional development committees.