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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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Featured
Student

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 Faculty

Recently Retired!
James Tomlinson, Ph.D.

Dr. Tomlinson's Website

TomlinsonJim Tomlinson joined the Communication Studies faculty in 1980. With  an interest in applied communication,  his research has focused on politics and the impact of emerging digital technologies on society.  Dr.Tomlinson teaches: 
Argumentation, Community Leadership, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Political Communication, Public Speaking, and an honor’s course on Political Communication.  His experience includes work as a political campaign manager and pollster.   Dr. Tomlinson is a published author, with his most recent works including book chapters on the uses of digital technologies in political campaigns.  In addition, he was selected by an agency of the Pennsylvania Legislature to conduct research into the "Digital Divide" in the Commonwealth, and authored a published report for the State of Pennsylvania detailing citizen use and access to the Internet. Professor Tomlinson has served as Director of the M.A. Program and Department Chairperson.   He advises Phi Sigma Pi, the university’s honor society, College Republicans, and  has been parliamentary advisor to the student senate.  He conducts an annual course on “Scientific and Historical Research on the Shroud of Turin.” His community service includes: Secretary of the Administrative Board for Wesley United Methodist Church, Regional Chairperson for the WWII Memorial Campaign,  member of the Executive Board of Citizens for John McCain (2000 primary election campaign)  and  a member of the Vietnam Veterans National Coalition. He was named in 1995 by the GCA as an “Outstanding Faculty Member,” selected for “Who’s Who in America’s Teachers”  each year beginning with 1998 .  Additional information (including course syllabi) is on his website:  http://facstaff.bloomu.edu/jtomlins.