Angela M. Corbo

Angela M. Corbo, PhD

  • Chair of Communication Studies
  • Associate Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Communications & Marketing

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Educational Leadership/Small Group Dynamics (2004)
    University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • MSEd, Higher Education Administration (1992)
    University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • BA, English/Communication (1990)
    Cabrini University (PA)

About Me

As a faculty member, I challenge myself to promote a passion for learning and self-discovery in my students. I bring an interdisciplinary background of communication, group dynamics, leadership, and gender studies into each class.

I empower students to see themselves and others in the course material. Inevitably, if students can understand themselves in relation to the course content, they can begin to understand the implications of the material for the world around them. Furthermore, I challenge students to gain the confidence to improve their verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills. 

Clarity and parallelism in the communication process will benefit students in all academic, personal, and professional endeavors. As an advocate of experiential learning, I have been a faculty fellow in Widener's service learning program since 2011.

Research Interests

An active and ongoing research agenda perpetuates knowledge that is meaningful to society and memorable to students in the classroom. My research focuses on communication pedagogy, ethical journalistic reporting in cases of suicide, emotional intelligence, gendered communication, and interactive interdisciplinary research. The topics of research are connected by interpersonal communication theories and application.

Media Expertise

  • Social media ethics
  • Contemporary media ethics
  • The media's relationship with America's health issues
  • Gender roles and gender portrayal in the media


  • Corbo, A.M., & Zweifel, K. (2013). Sensationalism or sensitivity: Reporting suicide cases in the news media. Studies in Communication Sciences, 13(1), 67–74.
  • Edwards, L., Corbo, A.M., & Kontostathis, A. (2013). Sex stings, suicide, and scandal in Murphy, Texas: Dateline's To Catch a Predator. In M. Land, K. Fuse, & B. Hornaday (Eds.), Contemporary media ethics: A practical guide for students, scholars and professionals in the globalized world (2nd ed.). Spokane, Washington: Marquette Books LLC.
  • Corbo, A.M., Leckrone, J.W., & Sullivan, T. (2014, June). Expanding civic engagement from interdisciplinary collaboration to multi-university consortium. Presentation at The New American Colleges & Universities, Redlands, CA.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

National Communication Association (NCA), Eastern Communication Association (ECA), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)


  • Campus Organization Advisor of the Year (2014)


In the Media


  • Professor Recognized for Institutional Leadership

    Associate Professor Angie Corbo, chair of the Communication Studies program, received the Institutional Leadership Award at Widener’s 2022 faculty awards program.

    The award is given annually to a faculty member who has a history of leading university initiatives that further Widener’s vision, mission and strategic objectives. 

    Corbo has served her college and the university in leadership roles in faculty governance. She currently serves as faculty chair, and has served on the crisis management team’s academic consulting team. She is part of the High Impact Practice Fair committee, chairs the Breathe Board, and serves on the provost’s Mental Health Task Force.

    Corbo is an engaged leader in the campus community, serving as the Summer Undergraduate Research and Creative activities program co-director since 2014. As a co-instructor of Contemporary Issues in Political Engagement, she empowered students to interview political candidates and lobby elected offices to be cognizant of the impact of college student debt. 

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