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.


Department Faculty

Adjunct Professors

Baran, Susan

Susan R. Baran

Lecturer, Communication
Faculty Suite H, Room 2211

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. She developed the media literacy curriculum at Bryant and is an active member of the National Association of Media Literacy Education. Susan also instructs on media literacy topics for the OLLI program (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at the University of Rhode Island. She is the co-author of Introduction to Human Communication: Perception, Meaning, and Identity - to be released by Oxford University Press in January 2016.

Mass Communication, Media Literacy, Public Speaking, Film, Communication Ethics, Communication Theory

Media Coverage of Politics, Media Literacy & Children, Media Education, Service Learning, Mass Communication, Instructional Communication, Critical Theory, Media Literacy & Children.

  • NAMLE 2001-Present
  • National Association for Media Literacy Education
  • 2015, Merit Award
  • 2012, Merit Award

Baran, S., Baran, S., Introduction to Human Communication: Perception, Meaning, and Identity, Oxford University Press, 2016.

Beauchamp, S. R., Baran, S. J., Introduction to Human Communication: Perception, Meaning & Identity, Oxford University Press, 2016.