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Richard Krause

Chairperson for the Communication Department and Assistant Professor of Communication

Krause holds a B.S. from California University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Journalism from West Virginia University and an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Please describe your program and your vision for it. 

The Department of Communication offers a full-service approach to the study of the communication field with seven academic programs. We instill in our students a drive to produce socially responsible content that can help build and sustain the communities in which we work and live. The academic department was established in 1996 and currently serves more than 100 students. Given the ever-changing field of communication, we strive to provide a curriculum that adapts well to industry expectations to provide skilled communication professionals.

What are some of your former students up to now?

Department alumni work for:

  • Television networks
  • News organizations
  • Public relations agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Professional and collegiate sports teams
  • Financial institutions
  • Academic institutions

Department alumni work as:

  • Graphic designers
  • Project managers
  • Web developers
  • Social media managers
  • Video engineers
  • Radio talk show producers
  • Multimedia specialists
  • Brand journalists

If I were a student considering this major, what are some career paths I would be able to pursue?

We offer academic programs that lead to many different career paths, which include news reporters, graphic designers, social media coordinators, public relations and advertising professionals, sports announcers, and the list goes on! 

What do you think is a true differentiator for your program and the University?

We provide our students with many opportunities to gain field experience that will begin in the fall of their freshman year. We have received strong support from the Administration to renovate production facilities and to upgrade our equipment to industry standard in all fields. In addition, students work closely with faculty members in the Department to develop their professional skills to make them more marketable to prospective employers. Working collaboratively, we have developed a comprehensive support system for students that truly allows them to grow and develop. This academic year marks my 26th year at Waynesburg. The transformation of the institution during that time—physical plant, academic programs, national reputation, etc.—has been truly amazing. 

Has this program received any awards or recognition? 

The students have accomplished so much during the past year. Just some of the awards include:

  • Numerous SPJ, PNA, and ASPA Awards for the Yellow Jacket, our student newspaper
  • 3 Communicator Awards for our WCTV operation
  • PRSSA Star Chapter Award for the seventh consecutive year (2013-2019)
  • PRSA-Pittsburgh Chapter-of-the-Year Award for three consecutive years (2017-2019)
  • Student chosen as PRSSA District Ambassador

How do you prioritize personal wellness? Any tips for students and working professionals?

I enjoy working out in a fieldhouse near my home. The physical work has a very cathartic effect for me. I typically work out at 6 a.m. several times a week to ensure I can fit it in my schedule.

What is the most interesting place that you have visited and why?

My students certainly know that I am quite interested in Civil War history. My family and I travel to Gettysburg at least 5-6 times a year. Each time we visit we try to find a new adventure on the battlefield. 

Who would you invite to the perfect dinner party?

My wife, Marie; my son, Darren; and Abraham Lincoln: see above. 

What is your favorite recipe to make?

No fun recipes! If I’m in the kitchen, I am eating! You don’t want me to cook!

Gain hands-on experience that employers will notice

Through practical experiences, you'll develop a portfolio of work that will impress employers. Beginning your first week, you will have the opportunity to practice what you're learning in your Communication classes. You'll have access to cameras, microphones, computers, lights, and much more for each of your projects.