Cynthia Bishop


  • 1999 Ph. D., Southern Illinois University
  • 1993 M. Ed., Idaho State University
  • 1988 B. S., Idaho State University

Courses Taught

Weber State

  • 2008-present COMM 1020 Public Speaking
  • 2008-present COMM 2110 Interpersonal/Small Group

Shippensburg University

  • 2000-2008 HCS-100 Introduction to Human Communication
  • HCS-205 Public Speaking
  • HCS-220 Small Group Communicaiton
  • HCS-230 Interviewing
  • HCS-280 Professional Communication
  • HCS-285 Resolving Conflict through Communication
  • HCS-305 Communication for Training and Education
  • HCS-370 Rhetorical Criticism
  • HCS-390,391,392 Internship I, II, III

The Metropolitan State College

  • 1998-1999 SPC-100 Public Speaking


  • Bishop, C. M. (2004). Bylaws for Student Chapter of Pennsylvania Communication Association. (Publication in Handbook for Student Chapters)
  • Lu, X. A., Armitage, R., Bishop, C. M., & Herbert, S. (Eds.). (2003). Cases and Exercises for Basic Communication. (Student version). New York: McGraw Hill.
  • Lu, X. A., Armitage, R., Bishop, C. M., & Herbert, S. (Eds.). (2003). Cases and Exercises for Basic Communication. (Instructor version). New York: McGraw Hill.
  • Bishop, C. M. (1992). Self-disclosure in mother-daughter dyads. Journal of the Northwest Communication Association, 20.

Professional Service

Weber State University – Department

  • General Education Assessment for Public Speaking (Comm 1020): Serve as needed for gen-ed assessment issues within the department. (2007-present)
  • General Education Assessment for Interpersonal/Small Group (Comm 2010): Serve as needed for gen-ed assessment issues within the department. (2007-present)
  • Curriculum Committee: Serve as needed for curriculum proposals and other curricular decisions which arise. (2007-2008)
  • “Big-Book” Committee: Serve to identify and create policy and procedure details for a Department of Communication Handbook. (2007-2008)
  • Mentoring/Coaching Committee: Serve to develop a new departmental program for coaching (mentoring) new faculty. (2007-2008)

Shippensburg University – Department

  • Curriculum Committee: Serve as needed to discuss curricular issues for the department. (2007-2008)
  • Handbook Development Committee: Chair - Creating, writing, and all editorial issues pertaining to writing a Departmental Handbook of policies and procedures. (2007)
  • Departmental Committee for Mentoring: Chair - Committee is designing a Mentoring and/or Coaching policy for the department. (2007)
  • Feasability Study Committee for a Masters Program: Ad Hoc service to research community needs and desire for possible addition of a Masters Degree Program in the Department of Communication. (2007)
  • SU Promotion Committee: Review and evaluate materials submitted with applications for promotion. Promotion Committee is part of the university’s Professional Affairs Committee (PAC). (2006-2007)
  • Search Committee: Participate in search for departmental faculty according to university and departmental standards. (2002 to 2007)
  • Departmental Grade Appeals Committee: Participate in and/or chair formal grade appeals process according to university policy. (Fall 2003 - 2007)
  • Advisor, Lambda Pi Eta, Alpha Gamma Chapter: Re-established student chapter of the Honor Society sponsored by the National Communication Association. (First inductions Spring 2003 - 2007)
  • Editorial Board, BOC Supplement: Work to design, develop, and bring to publishing, a supplemental work book for use by all department faculty in their Basic Oral Communication classrooms. (Fall 2002)
  • Advisor, Web Interns: Each semester I manage and direct the activities of Website interns. Working with campus technical support and evaluating interns are just some of these responsibilities. (Spring 2002 - 2007)
  • Webmaster: Webmaster for the Department of Speech and Theatre Arts. Created and posted department website and manage editorial activity. (Fall 2001 - 2004)
  • Handbook Design: Created a handbook for newly declared Speech Communication majors. Also created an electronic version and posted it to our departmental web-site. (Spring 2001 - 2004)
  • Extended Studies Committee: Member of committee to design, develop, and pilot our Leadership and Innovation through New Communication Strategies (LINCS) Certification Program. (Spring 2001)
  • Portfolio Assessment: Member of Portfolio Assessment Team. Development of rationale, criteria for evaluation, and counseling students for our new perpetual assessment approach. (Fall 2000 - 2007)
  • Basic Course Evaluation Forms - Committee Chair: Coordinated data from all faculty to formulate generalized evaluation sheet to use for review and assessment of our students for the purposes of internal assessment and accreditation. (Spring 2000)
  • Departmental Representative: Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty (APSCUF) (2000 - 2007)

Shippensburg University – Campus Service

  • Service Learning Faculty Group: Member of group to facilitate service learning projects across campus. Goals include: (1) create a common place to share ideas and experiences, and (2) align support for service learning efforts. (Fall 2006 - 2007)
  • Sexual Harassment Fact Finding Board: Appointed to the committee by APSCUF leadership. Attend meetings and report to APSCUF officers. (Fall 2005)
  • Enrollment Management Committee: Appointed to the committee by APSCUF leadership. Attend meetings and report to APSCUF officers. (Fall 2003)
  • New Major: Member of committee for development of a new major program, Business Communication, for the university. A combined effort with the College of Business (Spring 2003 semester)
  • Paired Courses: Selected professor to pilot paired courses beginning Fall 2001.
  • Search Committee: Member of search committee for an Assistant/Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Services. (Spring 2001)
  • Committee – New Minor Proposal: Development of a new minor for the university. Technical and Professional Communication. Coordination between several departments for this interdisciplinary minor. (Fall 2000)
  • Committee – Course Pairing: Work with Speech Communication and World History to develop team approach to shared content. Pilot program (Fall 2000 - 2007)
  • Teach Teams Program: Four person teams developed to enhancing teaching through the Center for Teaching and Learning (Fall 2000 -2007)

Professional Experience

  • 2007-present Instructor. Weber State University, Dept. of Communication, Ogden, Utah
  • 2004-2006 Interim Department Chair. Shippensburg University, Dept. Of Human Comm. Studies.
  • 2000-2007 Assistant Professor. Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA. (Tenured Jan 2005)
  • 1998-1999 Faculty: Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, Colo.
  • 1996-1997 Internship: Sitka High School, Sitka, Alaska
  • 1993-1996 Graduate Teaching Assistant: SIU-C, Carbondale, Ill.
  • 1993 HEP Teacher/Pilot Program Director: High School Equivalency Program (HEP) for Boise State University.
  • 1992 Team Leader - Workshop for Idaho’s New Vocational Teachers.
  • 1989-1991 Administrator/Trainer: EG&G Idaho, Inc., Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Honors and Awards

  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
  • Professor of the Month: Panhellenic Council Acknowledgment
  • Apple for the Teacher for: “contributions to MSCD’s excellent debate program.”
  • Distinguished Judge Award: Downtown Denver Forensic Tournament
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
  • Silver Tassel Chapter Mortar Board: President
  • Nominated to The National Deans List
  • Associated Students of Idaho State University Scholarship Recipient

Public Speaking
Interpersonal & Small Group Communication
Lambda Pi Eta Adviser

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