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Faculty and Staff

The Communication Studies department is made up of fourteen full-time (tenured/tenure-track) and nine adjunct faculty members. The faculty provide the department with a wide range of academic and professional expertise across the discipline.

Featured Intern

Molly Payne
Molly Payne

This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Philadelphia Union, a Major League Soccer team. This was an incredible experience for me since I am pursuing a career in the professional sports industry. The internship also helped enhance my communication skills that I have gained at Bloomsburg University. During the internship, I assisted with donation requests, soccer clinics, grassroots marketing, and other promotional events. I also networked with professionals and athletes from all over the country and from around the world. Changing my major to Communication Studies during my sophomore year was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. My internship experience allowed me to apply my skills and knowledge from the classroom into a real world environment.

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Featured Alumna

Kelly Weidner
Kelly Weidner
, class of 2013 - BA Communication Studies - Interpersonal Communication Area of Concentration. Kelly served as a social media intern with Warrior Canine Connection, Brookeville, MD. A non-profit organization breeding service dogs for veterans with combat related injuries. Upon graduating Kelly pursued employment opportunities specifically focused on supporting the war-fighter. Now a defense contractor, Kelly is currently tasked as a Scientific Engineering and Technical Assistant (SETA) for the Contracts Management Office (CMO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Some of the work involves drafting modifications, memos, financial reconciliation, invention reporting, and contract closeout. Work is done both with University and Industry; folks like Caltech, MIT, Boston Dynamics, and Lockheed Martin. You may have heard of DARPA for their invention of the internet or Apple’s “Siri.” Kelly aspires to become a warranted Contracting Officer for the Department of Defense.

Department Faculty

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.