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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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!

 




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 2020 Newsletter

Tenure and Promotion
Dr. Angela La Valley was promoted to Full Professor.

Dr. Erin Brummett and Dr. Kai Kuang were tenured and promoted to Associate Professors. Congratulations!

Awards
Dr. Erin Brummett received Bloomsburg University’s 2020 Outstanding Teaching Award. Congratulations!

Publications
Heineman, D. S. (2020). Game studies’ elephant in the room. New Media & Society, 22, 1116–1121. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444820922164

 

Conference Presentations
King, M. E. (2020, July). Exploring hyggeships: Recognizing the function of coziness and comfort in satisfying romantic relationships. A paper accepted for presentation at the meeting of the International Association for Relationship Research, South Kensington, London. (Conference cancelled).

Kuang, K., & Gettings, P. E. (2020, May). Testing the dyadic claims of the theory of motivated information management: Married couples’ information seeking and provision about family health history. Paper presented at the 70th International Communication Association Conference, Gold Coast, Australia (converted to virtual conference due to COVID-19).

Kuang, K., & Long, Z. (2020, May). Managing uncertainty in chronic illness: A tension-centered approach. Paper presented at the 70th International Communication Association Conference, Gold Coast, Australia (converted to virtual conference due to COVID-19).

Kuang, K., & Wang, N. (2020, May). Uncertainty management and support seeking behavior in mental illness: A longitudinal investigation. Paper presented at the 70th International Communication Association Conference, Gold Coast, Australia (converted to virtual conference due to COVID-19).

Wilson, S. R., Kuang, K., Hintz, E., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2020, May). Developing and validating the communication resilience processes (CRP) scale. Paper presented at the 70th International Communication Association Conference, Gold Coast, Australia (converted to virtual conference due to COVID-19).

Grants
Dr. King was awarded $6,919 Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Grant (2020) for her research on the conceptualization of Hyggeships. The goals of this project are to firmly establish in the interpersonal communication literature a typology of hyggeships, develop measures for assessing hyggeships, provide direction and advice for individuals and romantic couples for attaining hyggeships in their own relationships, and ultimately to publish research findings.

Faculty Professional Development
Drs. Chernichky-Karcher, King, and Kuang attended the FPDC-Sponsored Grant Writing Workshop in May 2020. Topics covered in this workshop included how to find funding opportunities for teaching, research, and scholarship, pre-proposal contact and writing a compelling problem statement, goals, objectives, and outcomes in grant proposals.

Dr. King attended the Couples Addiction and Recovery Workshop offered by the Gottman Institute in July 2020. This workshop draws from the fields of addiction treatment, mental health, and couples counseling, and integrates current research findings with knowledge from clinical practice.

Service
Drs. Heineman and King presented to Jump Start students on How to be Successful in Online Courses in August 2020.