2010s. The department received full accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications in May 2010. Communication faculty offices and labs moved out of Bishop Hall and into the newly renovated B-Wing of Buckham Hall in 2017. New additions to production facilities included the Stripes Media Lab, an audio recording studio and one-button mini-studio.
2000s. The department became one of the five largest departments at Buffalo State, the largest department in the college's School of Arts and Humanities, and the largest communication program throughout the entire SUNY system. A Communication Studies major was added in 2002. The department received provision accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications in May 2008.
1990s. The department's first computer lab was installed in the basement of Bishop Hall. Broadcasting studios for radio and television were outfitted in what once was the swimming pool of "the old gym," the lower level of the Theater Arts Building. In 1999, the department restructured itself academically to provide a core set of courses for all majors, reflecting the trend toward the convergence and overlap of the various communication disciplines.
1980s. A public communication major was added in 1987. In the late 1980s, the department formalized two new majors: journalism and broadcasting, as well as the Speech minor. In 1989 the department was renamed the Communication Department.
1970s. The Communication Department at Buffalo State had its beginnings in the early 1970s, when the Speech and Theater Arts Department added radio and television broadcasting to its curriculum. At the same time, the college offered a separate journalism program. In 1977, these programs were combined with the creation of the Department of Journalism, Broadcasting and Speech, with majors in each of these three areas.
Deb Silverman (2018-present)
Joe Marren (2010-2018)
Ron Smith (2003-2010)*
Rik Whitaker (1998-2003)*
Mel Netzhammer (1993-1998)
Rik Whitaker (1984-1993)*
Julia Piquette (1981-1984)
Ron Rabin (1977-1981)
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