Communication Studies

Bruce C. McKinney


Office: Leutze Hall # 231
Phone: (910) 962-7227
Fax: (910) 962-7061

Dr. 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.

Professor McKinney has taught in Vietnam for Cleverlearn, Royal Education, and Vietnam National University in Hanoi. He has studied Vietnamese perceptions of communication education, public relations, and conflict management. His publications include articles about Vietnam in Asian Profile, Public Relations QuarterlyThe Canadian Journal of Peace Research and The Carolinas Communication Annual. He has worked with the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) in 29 Palms, California, and Stone Bay, North Carolina, teaching intercultural awareness. He is currently running the “Community Conversations” program 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. McKinney is married to Le Thi Hong Trang whom he met while teaching in Ho Chi Minh City. He has also taught at James Madison University (Virginia) and Angelo State University (Texas). McKinney taught at UNCW from 1990-1999 and returned to UNCW in 2005.