Department of Communication Studies

Points of Distinction

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Points of Distinction

Speech and Debate Hosted Conferences and Camps PLNU Speech and Debate enjoyed a terrific season, finishing the year as the number four university in the country for the nationwide year-long National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) sweepstakes race. At the National Christian College Forensics Association (NCCFA) National Championship Tournament, hosted by Colorado Christian University, PLNU won the second place award for sweepstakes in debate for the large school division, and freshman Jack Gillette was named national champion in the senior division of Lincoln Douglas debate. PLNU also had a team named as the tournament champion for senior parliamentary debate at both the fall and spring Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association (PSCFA) Championships.

Salomon Theatre   Has put on 155 stage productions in the past 40 years, including The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Dark Matter, Crimes of the Heart, Dr. Faustus, See How They Run, and Godspell. Of the 155 productions, 51 have been directed by students and 10 have been original works of students and graduates. And these exciting and innovative shows are not just for PLNU, but also the local community.

Internships

Most students in our department complete one or two internships for college credit as part of their academic program. We have placed students in organizations as diverse as those listed on the following link Internships. One reason we have been successful in acquiring these internships is the quality of our students and their preparation before the internship experience. Results of intern supervisor evaluations highlight this quality as shown on Evidence of Student Learning page.

Managerial and Organizational Communication (MOCM) Majors

Where Are They Now  Based on surveys of graduates, social media, and personal contact, it is clear that our students succeed in finding employment in their field following graduation. Whether it’s placement in business, government, management, sales, non-profit, military, education or religious organizations or even highly successful entrepreneurial start-ups, communication graduates are making a difference.

Publications with students – Peer Reviewed

  • Forward, G.L., Moore, J., Richardson, M., & Shimansky, M. (2014). “Children of a lesser God:” The effects of communication and interaction patterns on student spiritual identity at a church-related university. Studies in Media and Communication, 2(1), 49-60.
  • Forward, G. L., & Sadler, N. (2013).  “The harder I work, the behinder I get!” An exploration of the relationship between communication, religiosity, and burnout in women leaders at a church-related university.  Journal of Communication and Religion, 36(1), 127-148.
  • Forward, G. L., Daugherty, N., Michel, H., & Sandberg, D.  (2009).  The effects of communication, religiosity, and organizational support on student commitment at a church-related university.  Human Communication12(1), 33-52.
  • Forward, G. L., Sansom-Livolsi, A. R., & McGovern, J. (2008).  College student communication, religiosity and family satisfaction: The importance of opposite-sex parent relationships. The Journal of Communication and Religion , 31(2), 245-271.
  • Baumbach, K., Forward, G. L., & Hart, D.  (2006).  Communication and parental influence on late adolescent spirituality.  The Journal of Communication and Religion, 29(2), 394-420.

Conference/Convention Papers with students

  • Sandberg, P., Forward, G.L., Branch, C., Robbins, N., & Womack, E. (2015, February). The Provost’s Leadership Role in Communicating University Mission, Values, & Culture. Paper presented to the Organizational Communication Division of the Western States Communication Association Convention, Spokane, WA., [Competitive paper].
  • Shimansky, M., Forward, G. L., Richardson, M., Moore, J., & Riberio, D.  (2013, November). The Effects of Communication and Interaction Patterns on Student Spiritual Identity at a Church-Related University.  This paper is accepted for presentation to the Spiritual Communication Division of the National Communication Association Conference, November 2013,  Washington, DC.  [Competitive paper].
  • Forward, G. L., Wickwire, S., Solomon, S., & Rovazzini, A. (2013, February).  Attitudes toward non-marital sexual intercourse: The influence of family communication and religiosity. Paper presented to the Interpersonal Communication Division of the Western States Communication Association Convention, Reno, NV. [Competitive paper].
  • Sandberg, P., Lynn, N., Womack, L., & Forward, G. L. (2011, November). The effects of communication, personality, and religiosity on college student conflict management style. Paper presented at the Religious Communication Association Pre-Conference, New Orleans, LA. [Competitive paper].
  • Daugherty, N., & Forward, G. L. (2010, March).  “The harder I work, the behinder I get!” An exploration of the relationship between communication, religiosity, and burnout in women leaders at a church-related university.  Paper presented to the Organizational Communication Division of the Western States Communication Association Convention, Anchorage, AK. [Competitive paper].
  • Garber, L., Forward, G. L., Holland, B., & Briggs, A.  (2009, November).  Communication orientation, religiosity, and attitudes toward authority in a church-related university. Paper presented at the Religious Communication Association Pre-Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Daugherty, N., Forward, G. L., Michel, H., & Sandberg, D.  (2009, February).  The effects of communication, religiosity, and organizational support on student commitment at a church-related university.  Paper presented to the Organizational Communication Division at the Western States Communication Association Convention, Mesa, [Competitive paper].
  • Akin, B., Forward, G. L., Gutierrez, C., & Villanueva, N.  (2008, November).  The influence of argumentativeness and religiosity on conflict management style choice.  Paper presented at the Religious Communication Association Pre-Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Sansom, A, Forward, G. L., & Thomas, J. (2008, February).  College student communication, religiosity and family satisfaction: The importance of opposite-sex parent relationships. Paper presented at the Western States Communication Association Convention, Denver, [Competitive paper].
  • Baumbach, K., Forward, G. L., & Hart, D.  (2004, February).  “Children of a Lesser God:” Communication and Parental Influence on Adolescent Spirituality.  Paper presented at the 2004 Western States Communication Association Annual Convention, Albuquerque, NM. [Competitive Paper].
  • Forward, G. L., & Kleven, S.  (1999, November).  Servant or CEO: Communication and images of leadership in the church.  Paper presented at  the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL  [Competitive paper].

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