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CAS Faculty Identified among the most Published Scholars in the Communication Discipline!

A recent article in Communication Education reviewed scholarly productivity defined as peer reviewed articles published between 2012 and 2016 in 24 journals in the field of communication.  In addition, the study identified the scholars with the most publications in four journals characterized as central to the discipline (Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Communication Monographs, and Journal of Communication). Penn State’s Department of Communication Arts and Sciences is the only program to have two faculty among the nine scholars identified as the 1% most published scholars in journals central to the field. Congratulations to Denise Solomon, Liberal Arts Professor and Head, and LJ Shen, Associate Professor! Further accolades to Denise and to Daniel Mansson, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State Hazleton, who were also among the 32 scholars comprising the 1% most published scholars across the full array of 24 journals examined in the study.

GEW and 483 Work Group

This past week CAS 483, information and technology class, met with the Global Entrepreneur Week(GEW) group to evaluate their web site and look for other possible methods that they could use to improve their outreach as well as considering other social media might work for them. It was a collaborative project(both town and campus) to assist in the promotion of GEW to students.  More information can be found at

Speech & Debate Competition Updates!

This picture was taken at last weekend's debate tournament at Clarion.  Seckin Kara received first place in Impromptu, Extemporaneous, and Informative Speaking.
Joshua Kwak received first place in Novice Debate and Kapila Kommareddy received 3rd place in Novice Debate.  Our next tournament will be Nov. 4 at St. Anselm.

Congratulations Everyone!

CAS Panel Informs, Inspires

On Thursday, October 19th, a panel of current and graduated CAS majors shared their experiences and tips with undergraduates about their paths to success.

Three current CAS majors, Matthew Dabiero, Cory Steinle, and Daniel Zahn joined CAS graduates Angela Brosnan, Matthew Crager, and Laura Kastner in offering both practical and philosophical advice to the audience about how to approach their time as undergraduates. The event was moderated by Lambda Pi Eta president, Peter Yu.

Brosnan, who followed her 2011 degree from Penn State with a law degree from Villanova and is now a child advocate attorney in Philadelphia, brought memorabilia to highlight the importance of the connections she made with CAS faculty.

Kastner and Crager, 2017 graduates and Fulbright recipients, offered a hindsight point of view encouraging others to make choices that generally enhance the quality of their lives and allow them to focus on that which makes them happy and feel fulfilled.

Sophomores Steinle and Zahn stressed the importance of making strategic choices about being involved, noting that it was more important to contribute significantly to a few things, than to be a poor participant in many.

Dabiero, a junior and former immunology major, commented about the ways CAS allows students to investigate so many different fields of study. He used the example of a paper he wrote in a communication theory course that dealt with the biological sciences, noting the serendipitous significance to his “former life.”

Throughout the hour and a half discussion, all the panelists seemed to return to a common theme: CAS provides the skills and flexibility to be successful in whatever field of study one chooses. To illustrate, they talked about research they’d done or were doing. It ranged from Kanye West to rhetoric of war and peace to Supreme Court decisions and forced arbitration.

Another common rejoinder was the connections they all felt they made with CAS faculty and how that helped shape decision-making and how they found their personal and academic passions.

The CAS department is grateful to the panelists for their time and insightful comments and to all who attended.

Congrats to the Speech & Debate Team!

 The Speech and Debate Team after competition at Lafayette College.  They compete next at Clarion College.

Speech and Debate Team Competitors

Speech and Debate Team Champs








CAS Issues Statement on DACA

The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences unequivocally supports DACA students at Penn State University. This support is consistent with our departmental mission as well as principles of diversity and inclusion that the College of Liberal Arts professes. “The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences,” our mission statement begins, “is committed to the study, teaching, and practice of human communication for the betterment of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.” We believe that this commitment to human communication and the public good obliges us to acknowledge and respect human communication in its full cultural diversity. Our department therefore promotes excellence in the study, teaching, and practice of human communication by working to include and support members of underrepresented groups in our student body.


Many campus resources are available for both graduate and undergraduate students directly or indirectly affected by the unfolding presidential actions on DACA. CAS faculty are not professionally trained in matters of immigration law or psychological counseling. But we are committed to helping our students find the best campus offices to advocate for their rights and wellbeing.


Undergraduate students should feel welcome to approach our undergraduate officers if you seek services and support in the Penn State system: Lori Bedell (Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Departmental Liaison for Student Affairs; 865-0974 or and Bradford Vivian (Director of Undergraduate Studies; 865-0945 or Kirt Wilson, Director of Graduate Studies (865-1985 or is also available to discuss concerns over DACA especially relevant to graduate students. Our faculty in general, moreover, stand ready to help all CAS students find appropriate resources if necessary.


In addition, here is a list of potentially helpful contacts and sources of information:


Legal Services:

  • The Affirmative Action Office (814-863-0471) and Student Legal Services (814-867-4388), provide free confidential advice, representation, and referrals.
  • The Penn State Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (in the PSU Law School) has compiled detailed information on the current status of DACA and immigration law:


Counseling Services:

Prossor Erina MacGeorge as Guest on President Barron's WPSU Show "Digging Deeper"

Communication Arts and Sciences Associate Professor Erina MacGeorge will join Andrew Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and Eberly Professor of Biotechnology, in a conversation with Penn State President Eric Barron during the season premiere of President Barron’s monthly WPSU show “Digging Deeper.” In the show, which airs on WPSU-TV at 11:30 am and 6:00 pm on September 17th, Professors MacGeorge and Read discuss the dangers of overuse of antibiotics and their ongoing research on how interactions between doctors and patients at University Health Services can affect the prescribing of antibiotics. See:

PhD Student Awarded Michael Calvin McGee Outstanding Grad Student Paper Award

The Department congratulates PhD student Jeremy Johnson, who has been award the Michael Calvin McGee Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award at the 2017 Alta Argumentation Conference. The conference, which is held biennially, is the oldest continuous academic conference on the study of argumentation. Well done, Jeremy!

Professor Stuckey named NCA Distinguished Scholar

The Department congratulates Professor Mary Stuckey on being named an NCA Distinguished Scholar!! Click here to read more.

Two former PhD students recieve promotions!

Two former Communication Arts and Sciences PhD Students have received promotions at their current universities!

Maggie Pitts has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at University of Arizona, in the department of Communication.  And Janice Krieger has been promoted to Full Professor at the University of Florida, in the department of Advertising.

Congratulations to both Maggie and Janice!