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.
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.
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.
“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.
Lecturer, Communication, B.A. University of Notre Dame; M.F.A. Columbia University
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.
Associate Professor, Communication, B.A., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University; M.A. Illinois State University
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.
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.
Professor, Communication, B.A. LaSalle University; M.A., Ph.D. Purdue University
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.
Lecturer, Communication, B.S. Syracuse University; M.A. Harvard University