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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.

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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:

Summer 2017 News

New Faculty

The Department of Communication Studies is joined this fall by Drs. Skye Chernichky-Karcher, Robert J. Green, Paula Hopeck, Shuzhen Huang, Elizabeth A. Petre, and Ninxing Wang. Welcome!


Dr. Anna Turnage was granted a sabbatical for Fall 2018. Congrats, Dr. Turnage!


Miller, E. C. (2017). The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America, by Francis FitzGerald. (Book Review). Politics and Religion 10: 741-743.

Miller, E. C. (2017). Rhetorics of Religion in American Fiction: Faith, Fundamentalism, and Fanaticism in the Age of Terror, by Liliana M. Naydan. (Book Review). Journal of Communication and Religion 39: 113-114.

Professional Development

Dr. Erin Brummett and Dr. Kai Kuang attended this year’s Lilly Conference in Bethesda, MD on June 1st - 4th. The conference focused on evidence-based teaching and learning. While there, Dr. Brummett and Dr. Kuang attended several sessions that primarily addressed cultural diversity within the classroom and effective strategies for culminating inclusive classroom environments. They will be taking the knowledge gained from that experience and presenting a session for students on improving interpersonal and intercultural relations on the BU campus during the upcoming Liberal Arts Symposium on October 6th.


Dr. Shavonne Shorter was elected to the Board of Directors for The Women's Center, Inc. in Bloomsburg, PA.