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:

Summer 2018 News

In May, Dr. Chernichky-Karcher was the recipient of the 2018 International Communication Association Interpersonal Communication Division’s Outstanding Dissertation Award. The division competitively selects one dissertation each year that represents outstanding scholarship. Dr. Karcher’s dissertation explored how families battling parental cancer communicated and how this communication impacted family coping throughout the cancer trajectory.

Anderson, L.B., Morgan, M., Shorter, S. & Britt, B. C. (2018). Working with a difficult client: Examining the tensions experienced while developing the Halo Syndrome campaign. In J. Saint John, III, D. K. Martinelli, R. S. Pritchard, & C. Spaulding (Eds.), Cases in Public Relations Strategy (pp. 114-118). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Anderson, L.B., Morgan, M., Shorter, S. & Britt, B. C. (2018). A strategic view: The halo campaign and building a positive client relationship. In J. Saint John, III, D. K. Martinelli, R. S. Pritchard, & C. Spaulding (Eds.), Cases in Public Relations Strategy (p. 119). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Hopeck, P. (2018). Care providers' integration of family requests in end-of-life communication: Understanding what to do and why to do it. Health Communication, 33, 1277-1283. doi:10.1080/10410236.2017.1351273

Huang, S. (2018). Beyond the sex-love-marriage alignment: Xinghun among queer people in mainland China. In M. Yarbrough, J. N. DeFilippis, & A. Jones (Eds.), Queer families and relationships after marriage equality. New York, NY: Routledge.

Kuang, K. (2018). Reconceptualizing uncertainty in illness: Commonalities and variations in the literature, and the multidimensional nature of uncertainty. Annals of the International Communication Association, 42, 181-206. doi: 10.1080/23808985.2018.1492354

Kuang, K. (2018). A “fast and frugal approach” to risk judgment and decision making and its implications for natural disasters. In V. Fletcher & J. Lovejoy (Eds.), The really big one: Risk, health, and environmental communication (pp. 121-145). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Petre, E. A. (2018). Encouraging identification with the larger campaign narrative: Grassroots organizing texts in Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Communication Quarterly, 66, 283-307, doi: 10.1080/01463373.2017.1378242

Conference Presentations:
Green, R. J. & Hopeck, P. (2018, May). The micropolitics of voice: How Brittany Maynard rejuvenated the Death with Dignity Movement. Interactive poster presented at the 68th annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Prague, Czechia.

King, M. E. (2018, July). Maternal experiences of unplanned pregnancy: Relationship change, relational uncertainty, and partner interference. A paper presented at the meeting of the International Association for Relationship Research, Fort Collins, CO.

Kuang, K. (2018, May). The many forms and meanings of illness uncertainty: Processes of problematic integration among patients with chronic illness conditions. Paper presented at the 68th International Communication Association’s Annual Convention, Prague, Czech Republic.

Kuang, K., & Gettings, P. E. (2018, May). Testing the theory of motivated information management across three contexts: Theoretical and practical implications. Paper presented at the 68th International Communication Association’s Annual Convention, Prague, Czech Republic.

Featured Talks:

Drs. Skye Chernichky-Karcher, Paula Hopeck, and Kai Kuang were invited to present their research programs at the Conference of Academy at Bloomsburg University. The presentations were well received among scholars from different disciplines on campus.

Dr. Shuzhen Huang presented the featured talk at School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University (China) on June 4th. Her talk was titled “Negotiating Performances of ‘Real’ Marriage in Chinese Queer Xinghun.”

Dr. Shuzhen Huang presented the talk on Chinese queer marriage for Ph.D. students at School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Nanjing University (China) on June 5th.