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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

Anna Turnage, Ph.D.

Dr. TurnageDr. Anna Turnage joined the faculty in 2010. Her research interests include rhetorical criticism, organizational communication, communication ethics, and the philosophy and theory of communication technology. She received her BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989 after which she worked eight years as a newspaper reporter and editor. She then worked in public relations for another nine years before entering graduate school at North Carolina State University, where she earned her masterメs in Organizational Communication in 2006, followed by her Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media in 2010. Her dissertation, モIdentification and disidentification in organizational discourse: A metaphor analysis of e-mail communication at Enron,ヤ explores discourse in e-mails from a database from the now defunct Enron Corporation, analyzing how employees used metaphors to bridge dialectical tensions of power and resistance. She has published articles in The International Journal of Business Communication, The Western Journal of Communication, Communication Quarterly, The Southern Journal of Communication, The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and The Communication Review, in addition to a book chapter in Case Studies in Organizational Communication: Ethical Perspectives and Practices. She regularly reviews articles for communication studies journals and various communication studies conferences. She regularly presents at numerous conferences including The National Communication Association, The Southern States Communication Association and the Rhetoric Society of America.