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Faculty and Staff

The Communication Studies department is made up of fourteen 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
Graduating Senior

Ashley GildnerAshley Gildner

I am a graduating senior with a Concentration in Organizational Communication. I have recently received a job offer as an Executive Team Leader at Target!! In this position, I will be acting as a leader on duty for the store; assisting in the recruiting and hiring process; and training new employees. My position as the Area Coordinator in the BU Kehr Union, as well as my Human Resource internship at PeopleShare, has prepared me the most for my new career. Courses such as Interviewing, Organizational Communication Theory and Communication Training in Organizations have also helped me with my career path. If it wasn’t for my courses in the major, involvement on campus, and my professors’ help, I would not be where I am today. A special thanks to Dr. Turnage and Dr. Bodenman for guiding me in all the right directions. Without your guidance I would not have achieved so much. For future Communication Majors, never stop setting goals and reaching your fullest potential! You can do anything you set your mind to, just BU!


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Featured Student

Karli Miiler

Karli Miller

One thing I’ve learned this semester in the Comm. Department is to not underestimate my abilities! What began as a paper in Dr. La Valley’s Family Communication course has developed into my Honors Program Thesis and has only grown since. Recently, I presented my research “Queering Marital Typologies: A Modern Recreation of Fitzpatrick’s Typological Approach Using Queer Couples” at the Eastern Communication Association annual conference in Baltimore, where I received recognition for having a Top 5 Paper in the Undergraduate Scholar’s Conference. I also will be presenting my research in Lambda Pi Eta's (the Communication Studies Honor Society) Top Scholarship competition (for the second year in a row!).

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.