Department of Communication Studies



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Communication Studies participates in newly established interdisciplinary minor, Leadership Development through Civic Engagement

The Department of Communication Studies is participating in the newly established interdisciplinary minor, Leadership Development through Civic Engagement. The program was created through a Demonstration Site grant provided by Bringing Theory to Practice, an organization affiliated with the Association of American Colleges and Universities that aims to foster students’ civic engagement and well-being. Communication Studies faculty member Dr. Todd Kelshaw participated on the team that developed the minor’s curricular and co-curricular programming, which includes the Communication Studies courses Listening (SPCM 230) and Group Processes (SPCM 374). For more information, visit

Honor society mingles with local professionals

On December 4, MSU’s Zeta Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta celebrated the holidays at the Calabria restaurant in Livingston. While dining and dancing, communication students were able to mix and mingle with communication professionals from several companies, including Verizon Communications, Yamaha, RM Staffing Associates, and Litsky Public Relations. For more info on Lambda Pi Eta, visit

New Jersey Communication Association conference scheduled for March 28th

The annual conference of the New Jersey Communication Association will take place on March 28 at Kean University. This is an excellent opportunity for Montclair State’s Communication Studies alumni to visit with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty, network with academics and professionals from throughout the tri-state region, and attend stimulating panel sessions. For information, visit or call Dr. Todd Kelshaw (NJCA Membership Director and MSU Communication Studies faculty member) at 973.655.5162.

People Spotlights . . .


HUGH CURNUTT joins the Montclair faculty as an Assistant Professor of Applied Communication from the University of Pittsburgh. His teaching focuses on television studies, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, and media criticism. His research, deals with the media industry’s growing reliance on first-person media and the corresponding intersections between production and consumption that result from this institutional realignment. He is currently preparing a book on reality TV and its role in remodeling television talent.

TATYANA DUMOVA joins Montclair State University after four years on the faculty at the University of North Dakota. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in applied visual communication, intercultural communication, and communication technology. Her research focuses on the social implications of established and emerging electronic media, and the role of technology in teaching and learning. She has presented her research findings nationally and internationally. Her work was published in Communication & Social Change, International Journal of Technology, Knowledge & Society, International Journal of Learning, and International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.

HARRY W. HAINES returns to his native state to serve as Chair of MSU’s Department of Communication Studies, having been a faculty member at the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Memphis, and Trinity University in San Antonio. His publications have focused on critical analysis of media representations of the Vietnam War. His teaching has included courses on media industries, critical analysis of film and television, media writing and production, and queer theory. He has worked as a news and public affairs producer in commercial and public broadcasting and was a member of a team that established the second public radio station licensed to a Native American tribe. He is a recipient of the National Communication Association’s Lambda Award, and he has served as the Chair of the Western States Communication Association’s Media Interest Group.

WAYNE BOND, Professor Emeritus, will be attending the International Listening Association Convention, March 18-21 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He will be making a presentation on the topic of Empathic Listening as a Tool for Training Hospice Volunteers. Dr. Bond is currently teaching the Saturday section of the department’s Listening course.


Prior to graduating AMY MELISSA YOUNG (’07) worked for Johns Hopkins as a Site Director at their Marine Sciences site (at the College of Notre Dame) and then became the Director, of Student Activities at Berkeley College in September 2007.

SUSAN L. MARTIN (’95) earned a Master of Arts Degree from Seton Hall University in Corporate and Public Communication in 2000 and worked in publishing for about two years before entering the world of Corporate Communications. Susan worked at the Prudential’s global headquarters supporting the in-house creative agency as well as their public relations team. She’s been recognized by her peers with industry awards from Public Relations Society of America and International Association of Business Communicators. Susan joined Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2001, as the employee communications lead for a maritime manufacturing facility. Today Susan supports Lockheed Martin’s Business Development organization as a Strategic Communications Manager. For the last three years Susan has served as a consultant to Camden Diocese of Catholic Charities, supporting their annual Justice for All awards program.

LARRY KALB (84’) After serving a two-year term as Montclair State College's First Graduate Assistant in Sports Information, Larry did freelance work for the Associated Press (sports), USA Today, and placed a story in the Sports pages of The New York Times about the 1984 NCAA World Series. He then embarked on an 8 1/2 year career with the Boy Scouts of America, enjoyed an almost 9-year career with the Ocean County Board of Social Services as a Welfare Case Worker and was recognized by the State of New Jersey Department of Human Services for 100% correct casework management. He has also served as a certified Athletics (XC, T/F, RW) Competition Official for USA Track & Field (organized governing body for the Olympics)/New Jersey Association and has worked many track and field meets for Montclair State University, New Jersey Athletic Conference, NJAIAW XC Championships, NCAA Divisions I/III Athletics Championships, and more.

WILLIAM “BILL” BATES (’68) After graduation, Bill completed an MS in Speech Pathology from Purdue University and spent two years in the US Army. He then began working as a Speech Pathologist for the Missouri Dept. of Mental Health in 1972 and retired as Executive Director of the Rolla (MO) Regional Center for Developmental Disabilities in 1998. In April 2006, Bill became the "Morning Mayor" of Rolla, Missouri, hosting a morning information, news, and talk show on KTTR AM-FM, part of the Results Radio Group, serving central Missouri.