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Please see our Communication Studies Newsletter - Spring 2017

 

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Featured
Graduate

Holly Davis
The end is quickly approaching but as I reflect on my time here, I could not be more thankful for the experiences and memories I have accumulated over the past four years. Majoring in Communication Studies, with an Organizational Communication track and having a minor in Human Resources, has opened many doors for me and has prepared me for the professional world. I also have to give special thanks to the National Communication Association Student Club for giving me great advice and even greater friends. I am sad to leave Bloomsburg, but I am eager to start my next chapter at a biopharmaceutical company called Trevena in King of Prussia and show off all the skills I have acquired at Bloomsburg. I will be interning in their HR Department where I will train the new employees on their compensation and benefits packages.


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

Ningxin Wang, Ph.D.

Dr. WangDr. Ningxin Wang earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a specialization in interpersonal and family communication. Dr. Wang’s program of research addresses how communicative behaviors, primarily in the context of family and close relationships, affect individuals’ health-related psychological and behavioral outcomes as well as relational well-being. In particular, her research has examined parent-adolescent communication about challenging topics (e.g., sexuality, substance use) and supportive communication between emerging adults and parents. In addition, Dr. Wang’s specialty in in interpersonal communication has intersected with the scholarship on technologically mediated communication (TMC). Her recent work has investigated the role of technologies in social support and relational maintenance of long-distance dating relationships. Dr. Wang has published in the Journal of Family Communication, Health Communication, and Human Communication Research, and she is the recipient of a lead-author Top Paper Award in National Communication Association (2016) and Student Paper Awards in national and international conferences.

Dr. Wang is a devoted and passionate teacher. She has experiences teaching both introductory and upper-level courses in communication. Her primary teaching interests are Interpersonal Communication, Relational Communication, Family Communication, and Communication Theory. Her fundamental view of teacher-student relationship is that the instructor’s genuine interest in students serves as a major motivator for students’ learning. As an instructor, she seeks to cultivate teacher-student relationships that are trusting and friendly.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Wang is strongly committed to service for the discipline and the department. She regularly reviews papers for the National Communication Association and International Communication Association and has served as ad hoc reviewers for journals such as the Journal of Family Communication, Health Communication, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Her service to the department includes being a member on the curriculum and development-alumni committees and one of the department’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center (TALE) ambassadors.