Department of Communication Studies
Dr. Kathleen M. Golden
Dr. Kathleen Golden is a professor and chair of the Communication Studies Department. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Youngstown State University and a Ph.D. from Kent State University.
She has most recently published a chapter entitled "Decision-Making in Organizations: A Case Study of the Use of GDSS in University Planning,” with Patricia P. Pineo (professor emeritus from Math and Computer Science). She has conducted training in job searching skills with the homeless in Erie as well as various immigrant populations as part of a Career Pathways Grant.
Dr. Golden has developed the Performance Studies emphasis for the Communication Studies Department and her students present shows each semester as part of those courses. She is active in the organizational communication, communication technology, and small group communication areas of the field. Dr. Golden has most recently secured a site license for an innovative product called YouSeeU, for recording online presentations in both face-to-face and distance education courses. She trained faculty across campus and the Cloud-based product is being implemented in various disciplines. She is an expert in Group Decision Support Systems and utilizes a program, Expert Choice, which is housed in the department Computer Mediated Communication lab. She is active in APSCUF, serving as a member of the Executive Council and Social Committees. She is past-president of the University Senate and has served on the University-wide Curriculum Committee and Promotion Committee.
Dr. Melissa Gibson is a professor in the Communication Studies Department. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in communication and business management from Ohio University and her bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University.
In 20 years of teaching at the college level, Dr. Gibson has taught more than 30 different courses ranging from freshman-level to doctoral level courses. Prior to her current position, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Western Michigan University, Gannon University and Mercyhurst University. She has also worked as a consultant to profit and non-profit organizations across the country.
In addition to a published textbook, her research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Management Consulting, Business Communication Quarterly, Southern Communication Quarterly, Journal of Women in Educational Leadership and Journal of School Public Relations. Her work has appeared as chapters in multiple books including Case Studies for Organizational Communication: Understanding Communication Processes and Handbook of Mediated Public Relations. She has served as a reviewer for several scholarly journals including Communication Education, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly and International Journal of Listening.
Dr. Gibson has presented more than 40 conference presentations and secured grants totaling $250,000. She served for many years as the First Year Experience Director for EU’s entering freshmen, as well as the Community Outreach Director. She has received teaching awards at the department, university and regional levels. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and gardening.
Andrew R. Smith (Ph. D. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1990) is professor and graduate program head for the MA Communication Studies program and Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management. He served, for the 1998-99 academic year, as Senior Fulbright Fellow in Communication and Culture at the Faculty of Letters, Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. He is a member of the Research Group on Language, Culture, and Development at the Centre for Doctoral Research, Mohammed V University, and in 2011 was a Fulbright Specialist at the Centre. He was inaugurated as a Fellow in the International Communicology Institute in 2009. He is editor of Radical Conflict: Violence, Intractability and Communication; and coeditor of Recovering Pragmatism's Voice: The Classical Tradition, Rorty and the Philosophy of Communication. He has published numerous essays in national and international journals, including Communication Theory, Human Rights Quarterly, Cultural Critique, The Russian Journal of Communication, Human Studies, Text and Performance Quarterly, and is author of the monograph Epistemology and Ethics in Human Science Research. His research focuses on human rights, freedom of expression, intercultural and international conflict, and the philosophy of communication. He teaches courses in intercultural and international communication, intractable conflict, language and human conduct, freedom of speech, communication ethics, and communication and social process. He has directed over thirty masters theses at Edinboro University, and co-supervises doctoral dissertations through the auspices of the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE, the Fulbright agency in Morocco). He is the recipient of the 2016 Donald Ecroyd Award for Research and Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Communication Association.