What's New:

Dr Shavonne Shorter was featured on the “Get to know your campus” video series. You can watch it here.



Congrats to Facia Sirleaf for receiving the Outstanding Student in Communication Studies Award - 2018!

Congratulations to graduate Tamika Austin - for winning an award from the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA) Read more.

Congratulations to Amanda Weaver and her debate partner Tanisha Webster (Business Administration) for winning the 4th Annual Frederick Douglass Debate Society Tournament on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at West Chester University. We are very proud of you!


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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The BU Department of Communication Studies is officially on social media! Please like our Facebook page and our Twitter page and share with friends who may be interested!



Josh Lloyd
I'm a BloomU senior in the Communication Studies major with a Leadership/ Public Advocacy concentration. I'm also majoring in Spanish and minoring in Arabic and Linguistics. I chose the Communication Studies major with a Leadership/ Public Advocacy concentration to complement my language major.
Here at Bloom, I'm the Editor-in-Chief of The Voice, our campus newspaper, and a member of the Tabletop Gaming Club. My overarching goal is a career in Foreign Services or entertainment journalism.
What I value most from the Communication Studies major is the versatility of the program. Great communication skills transcend all careers and cultures. This was never more evident than when I traveled to Costa Rica in Fall 2017 for a semester abroad, using skills I'd learned from both of my majors to observe, explore and learn as much as possible.
I definitely want to thank Dr. Erin Brummett for introducing me to the major way back in Fall 2015, when I took Interpersonal Communication. I also have to thank my advisor, Dr. Kai Kuang, for guiding me every step of the way and helping me with an ambitious Honors Program research project.
In all honesty, I have to thank the entire Communication Studies department, which goes above and beyond to make sure Comm majors have the best opportunities available to them after graduation and are prepared to surmount any challenges they might face in the professional world.

Featured Student

Gabrielle Narr
I am currently a Junior at Bloomsburg University in the Communication Studies major with a concentration in Organizational Communication. I also have a minor in Human Resources. The decision to choose this major and minor was the best decision I could have made as an incoming freshman. The classes I have taken in my major and minor have set me up to be successful in any career I choose. I am now an ethical thinker, organized, have great interpersonal skills, work well in diverse groups, and thrive as a public speaker. Not only have I gained these great skills, but being a Communication Studies major has given me the courage to get involved, which led to me joining my national sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. Throughout my time in Phi Sigma Sigma I have held three leadership positions which are, scholarship chair, sisterhood development chair, and fundraising chair. I loved fundraising when I did it and it gave me the inspiration to want to pursue a career in Event Planning. Through my connections in Phi Sigma Sigma I received the opportunity to intern over the winter of 2017 at an event planning company called Philly2Night. During my internship I was involved in the process of planning and implementing events. I also worked closely with the events production manager. My favorite event that we planned was our New Years Eve Gala at the Seaport Museum. During my time as an intern at Philly2Night I gained real life experience, personal growth, field experience, and professional skill building. Throughout my time in the Communication Studies Department there have been two professors that have really stood out and helped me strive to be my best. Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Mary King have really been a great inspiration to me. They both encouraged me to be ambitious and do something that I never thought I would be able to do— achieve a 4.0 in the Spring 2017 semester. I also served as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Mary King's Introduction to Communication Studies course. This provided an opportunity to build leadership and teamwork skills. I am very grateful for my professors and classmates that have helped me become the best version of myself. Communication Studies has prepared me for life after graduation, even if I'm not ready to graduate.

Department News:

Summer 2019 Newsletter

Tenure and Promotion
Dr. Jim Petre and Dr. Shavonne Shorter were recently tenured and promoted to Associate Professors. Congratulations!


Original Research:
Brummett, E. A., & Afifi, T. (2019). A grounded theory of interracial romantic partners’ expectations for support and strain with family members. Journal of Family Communication, 19, 191-212. doi: 10.1080/15267431.2019.1623220

King, M. E. & La Valley, A. G. (2019). Partner influence, emotion, and relational outcomes: A test of Relational Turbulence Theory. Southern Communication Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2019.1639212

Petre, J. T., Heineman, D. S. & La Valley, A. G. (2018). Fostering organizational integrity through departmental program reviews. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 37, 26-36.

Book Chapters:
King, M. E. (2019). Just the two of us: The ups and downs of an empty-nest. In S. Symonds LeBlanc (Ed.), Casing the family: Theoretical and applied approaches to understanding family communication (pp. 27-35). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Shorter, S. R. (2019). The complex girlfriend: Toni Childs as a hybrid controlling image on Girlfriends. In S. B. White & K. Harris (Eds.), Representations of Black Womanhood on Television: Being Mara Brock Akil (pp. 33-46). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Book Review:
Miller, E. C. (2019). Review of God Hates: Westboro Baptist Church, American Nationalism, and the Religious Right, by Rebecca Barrett-Fox. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 22, 339-341.

Conference Presentations
Green, R. J. (2019, August). Anti-Establishment micropolitics in the response closure of political campaign Debates. Paper presented at the NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation, Alta, UT.

Kuang, K., & Gettings, P.E. (2019, May). Married couples’ uncertainty management about sexual satisfaction: Testing the moderating role of marital quality, relational closeness, and communal coping. Paper presented at the 69th International Communication Association’s Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

Invited Presentations
Dr. Erin Brummett and Dr. Shuzhen Huang were invited to be the keynote speakers at the Allenwood, PA Federal Correctional Complex Diversity and Inclusion Day on June 4th to speak with the prison staff about LGBTQ awareness. Their presentation, entitled “Communicating Sexual Identities: Exploring Gender and Sexuality Inclusive Language,” explored best practices for engaging in ethical and effective communication with LGBTQ individuals.

Dr. Robert Green presented his research on the 2016 Presidential Campaign Debates at the National Communication Association/American Forensic Association Biennial Summer Conference on Argumentation. His presentation submission, entitled “Anti-Establishment Micropolitics in the Response Closure of Political Campaign Debates,” examines the interactional processes of dispute through which candidates and moderators wrestle for control over the closure of a response and progression to the next segment of the debate. This study finds that a candidate’s displayed competence with establishment debate techniques can be turned into a liability as candidates compete for the last word on an issue. Although Clinton skillfully aligns with the institutional prerogatives of the moderator to facilitate response closure on her own terms, Trump turns this alignment against her in a manner through which his supporters might identify. This submission is currently under review for publication in a peer-reviewed volume published by the Taylor and Francis group.

Dr. Erin Brummett facilitated a TALE Seminar for new and returning faculty on August 15th on the topic of diversity and inclusion. The presentation was titled “Practicing Inclusive Classroom Strategies: Challenges and Insights from the College Campus.”

Faculty Professional Development

Dr. Anna Turnage and Dr. Shuzhen Huang completed the Teaching Online Certification Course offered in conjunction with other PASSHE institutions. The 5-week online Quality Matters™ certified course, which took place between May 21st and June 24th, was designed to improve online teaching and learning.

Dr. Shuzhen Huang attended the Federal Grant Writing Workshop in May 2019. This workshop was sponsored by the FPDC Council, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, to support faculty’s research endeavor.

Dr. Shuzhen Huang joined the Managing Board of QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking this summer. QED is an interdisciplinary journal that brings together scholars, activists, public intellectuals, artists, and policy and culture makers to discuss, debate, and mobilize issues and initiatives that matter to the diverse lived experience, struggle, and transformation of GLBTQ peoples and communities.

Drs. Paula Hopeck, RJ Green, and Angela La Valley completed the Applying Quality Matters Rubric training for distance education.

Drs. Paula Hopeck, RJ Green, Skye Chernichky-Karcher, and Angela La Valley were fellows at the Teaching Excellence Academy (conducted by TALE)


Dr. Shavonne Shorter was recently appointed to the State APSCUF Meet and Discuss Committee.

Dr. Erin Brummett and Dr. Shavonne Shorter attended the Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties (APSCUF) Leadership Institute at Slippery Rock University in May, 2019. The one-day institute provided APSCUF members information about how to become union leaders by providing workshops in three areas: 1) Advocating for membership, 2) Advocating to administrations, and 3) Advocating to outside groups.


Student Achievements

Outstanding Student in Communication Studies:
Josh Lloyd was recognized as the Outstanding Student in Communication Studies and received the Award from his advisor, Dr. Kai Kuang, at the College of Liberal Arts Spring Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 5th, 2019.

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) Induction Ceremony: The Xi Omega Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national Communication honor society, hosted its annual Induction Ceremony for new members on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 on the BU campus. The chapter inducted 22 students who received their LPH certificates and membership pins. An audience of approximately 60 people, including family and friends of the students as well as department faculty members, attended the event.

The new LPH student executive board members for the 2019-2020 academic year include the following:

Active Minds:

Dr. Kai Kuang and the Executive Board members of Active Minds attended the 2019 Pennsylvania Higher Education Suicide Prevention Conference (HESPC) in Philadelphia on May 30-31, 2019. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the PA Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the HESPC has been supporting campus communities in Suicide Prevention and mental wellness promotion.

Active Minds at Bloomsburg University also received the Outstanding Chapter of the 2018-2019 Academic Year for excellence in fundraising, collaboration, communication, membership & leadership, and programming & outreach.