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Dr. Pete Bsumek
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Dr. Bsumek is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at James Madison University. He earned a BS in Political Science from the University of Utah and a PhD in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been involved with intercollegiate debate for over 25 years. He served as the Assistant Director and then Director of Debate at JMU from 1996-2006. He is currently the Co-director of the Center for Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue at JMU.


  • June 2013

    Dr. Peter K. Bsumek (Associate Professor, Communication Studies) presented “Competing Rhetorics in Contemporary U.S. Coal Controversies,” with co-authors Steve Schwarze of the University of Montana, Jen Schneider of the Colorado School of Mines and Jennifer Peeples of Utah State University, at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on Communication and the Environment in Uppsala, Sweden, in June.

  • March 2013

    Dr. Peter Bsumek (Associate Professor, Communication Studies) presented "Appalachia calling: Competing constructions of identity and ethical responsibility in the Mountaintop Removal mining controversy" at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Western States Communication Association in Reno, Nev., in February.


  • March 2013

    Dr. Corey Hickerson (Associate Professor, Communication Studies) and Dr. Peter Bsumek (Associate Professor, Communication Studies) published "Greening the public relations curriculum: An integrative approach to teaching environmental communication best practices in the campaigns course" in PRism, 9(1), 1-11.