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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

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.