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Kate Hastings, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communications
Department Chair, Communications
Coordinator, Film Institute

Phone: 570-372-4359
Email: hastings@susqu.edu
Office Location: Apfelbaum Hall - Rm 104

Personal Web Page

Academic Credentials:
PHD, Pennsylvania State University
MA, Bloomsburg University
AB, Bryn Mawr College

Hastings teaches in the areas of journalism, speech communication, mass communication and film. As the sixth generation of her family to work in journalism, she was a photographer, reporter and editor for seven years before earning her graduate degrees. Hastings is interested in the storytelling potentials of new technologies, and her students learn to report for digital as well as print media.

Hastings is completing work on the African-American history of central Pennsylvania 1772-1940, particularly as it was told by area newspapers. She is also studying the mass communications of Old Order Amish and how the Amish adopt new technologies to share news and maintain community ties. Her past projects include articles on environmental rhetoric in the United States and the rhetoric of American first ladies.

Hastings also enjoys advising the student newspaper, The Crusader. She is coordinator of the Film Studies minor, and she serves as faculty marshal, helping to plan major university events.


  • COMM-100 Grammar for Communicators
  • COMM-131 Introduction to Journalism
  • COMM-231 Newswriting and Reporting
  • COMM-331 Editing
  • COMM-435 Feature Writing
  • COMM-481 Media Law
  • COMM-501 Crusader Practicum
  • COMM-504 Internship
  • ENGL-540 Internship
  • FILM-180 Film and Human Values
  • WMST-500 Women's Studies Research

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