Communication Studies

Bruce C. McKinney

Dr. McKinney


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Phone: (910) 962-7227
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Bruce C. McKinney graduated from high school in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He received his B.A. in psychology from The University of New Hampshire and his M.A. and Ph.D. in speech communication from The Pennsylvania State University. He teaches courses in concepts in communication studies, mediation, communication theory, and negotiation. McKinney also teaches graduate courses in conflict management for the Department of Public and International Affairs' MA program in conflict management.

He has worked with the United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) in 29 Palms, California, and Stone Bay, North Carolina, teaching intercultural awareness. Along with Dr. Tom Barth (Public and International Affairs) and Dr. Kim Cook (Sociology and Crimonology), he managed the “Community Conversations” program from 2015-2018 with the Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department to promote better relations between law enforcement and citizens of Wilmington and New Hanover County. He served as the President of the UNCW Faculty Senate from 2008-2011. McKinney has also taught at James Madison University (Virginia), Angelo State University (Texas), The American University in Vietnam (Da Nang), and Royal Education (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi). He has published over 45 articles and essays in the following publications:

American Communication Journal
Asian Profile
Atlantic Journal of Communication
Basic Communication Course Annual
Carolinas Communication Annual
Communication Education
Communication Quarterly
Communication Reports
Communication Research Reports
Conflict Resolution Quarterly
International Freedom Review
Journal of the Communication, Speech & Theatre Association of North Dakota
Journal of the International Listening Association
Journal of Technical and Business Communication
Journal of the Illinois Speech and Theatre Association
Kansas Speech Journal
Mediation Quarterly
New York Times
Public Relations Quarterly
Speech Communication Teacher
The Canadian Journal of Peace Studies
The Pennsylvania Speech Communication Annual
Virginia Social Science Journal

McKinney is a co-author or co-editor of the following books:

Concepts in Applied Communication:  A Practical Analysis of Research and Theory (Cognella, 2012), Communication Skills for Surviving Conflicts at Work (Hampton Press, 1996), Government Commission Communication (Praeger, 1993), Mediator Communication Competencies (Pearson 2013), Readings and Case Studies in Mediation (Kendall Hunt 2013).