The Department of Communication's undergraduate and graduate academic programs embrace a common mission: to fortify the intellectual and social skills necessary for effective human communication. The focus is on oral, written, and mediated communication skills that are essential in both professional and personal lives.


Baran, Stanley

Stanley Baran

Stanley Baran founded the Department of Communication, which has graduated over 500 students since 2002. 

In his 40-year career, Baran has published on topics ranging from television violence to online journalism. His book Mass Communication Theory: Foundations, Ferment, and Future is in its seventh edition and available in Chinese, Japanese, Polish.

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Baran, Susan

Susan R. Baran

Susan Baran spent 16 years in television and radio broadcasting before she began teaching. She worked in numerous markets including Philadelphia, Boston, and New York as a producer, writer, and anchor. Susan focused her graduate studies in the growing field of Media Literacy.

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Berkos, Kristen

Kristen M. Berkos

“Communication plays an essential role in management and the workplace,” says Kristen Berkos, who teaches a variety of communication courses. “From a company’s mission statement down to the hiring process, communication is critical to good leadership.

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Thomas Francis Dooley

Lecturer, Communication, B.A. University of Notre Dame; M.F.A. Columbia University

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Lyons, Mary

Mary Phoebe Lyons

B.S. in English Education from Simmons College, M.A. and PH.D. from University of Rhode Island. Completed all but 6 credits for the MBA in Management at Bryant. College teaching experience prior to Bryant include Instructor of English positions at Miami University (3 years) and Rhode Island College (1 year). Co-Authorwith Raymond Lesikar.

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Morse, Chris

Chris R. Morse

Associate Professor, Communication, B.A., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University; M.A. Illinois State University

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Mutua, Consolata

Consolata Mutua

Consolata N. Mutua is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication. She received an M.A in Organizational Communication from Kean University, and is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico.

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Pearce, Kevin

Kevin Pearce

I have been at Bryant University for 19 years and have loved every minute of it! I received my undergraduate degree in Radio/Television/Film from San Jose State University. I have a MA in Telecommunications and Film from San Diego State University and an MBA from URI. My Ph.D. is from Kent State University where I focused on Media Studies.

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Samter, Wendy

Wendy Samter

Professor, Communication, B.A. LaSalle University; M.A., Ph.D. Purdue University

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Volkman, Julie

Julie E. Volkman

Julie E. Volkman, PhD (Penn State University, 2009) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication with a focus on health communication and social interactions contributing to health behavior change.

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Zammarelli, Thomas

Thomas Zammarelli

Lecturer, Communication, B.S. Syracuse University; M.A. Harvard University

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