Assistant Professor Meara Faw works with students in the Laboratory for Engaged Communication in the department of Communication Studies in the College of Liberal Arts, May 2, 2019.

Areas of Specialization

What We Study

These areas of specialization – Film & Media Studies, Relational & Organizational Communication, and Rhetoric & Civic Engagement – are the foci of our research, teaching, and practice in the Department of Communication Studies. Our ability to succeed and thrive as an informed, inclusive, and compassionate society depends on advancing these foci together as students, teachers, scholars, and citizens.

We do not silo faculty or graduate students into one area of specialization. While faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their areas of specialization, many collaborate with colleagues in other specialties, both within our department and across the discipline. Graduate students can form committees comprised of faculty from any specialization, allowing them to develop research progFaculty are grouped by area according to their primary scholarship.  For many, their scholarship spans these foci.

Film & Media Studies

Faculty in this area of specialization focus on several subareas. Faculty whose scholarship and teaching align with these areas are listed. View their profile for links to their CVs.

  • Critical Media Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Film & Media History & Historiography
  • Film Theory & Criticism
  • Global Media
  • Media Industries & Labor
  • Media Technologies
  • Political Media
  • Television

Relational & Organizational Communication

Faculty in this area of specialization focus on several subareas. Faculty whose scholarship and teaching align with these areas are listed. View their profile for links to their CVs.

  • Relational & Organizational Communication
  • Communication Ethics
  • Communication Pedagogy
  • Critical & Cultural Studies
  • Culture & Communication
  • Dialogue & Deliberation
  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Communication

Rhetoric & Civic Engagement

Faculty in this area of specialization focus on several subareas. Faculty whose scholarship and teaching align with these areas are listed. Click their name to view their bio and CV.

  • Rhetoric & Civic Engagement
  • Critical & Cultural Studies
  • Dialogue & Deliberation
  • Gender & Feminism
  • Place & Space
  • Political Communication
  • Public Address
  • Public Memory
  • Race & Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric of Social Movements
  • Rhetorical Criticism & Theory

Film & Media Studies

Evan Elkins

Assistant Professor

Kit Hughes

Associate Professor

Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager

Associate Professor

Nick Marx

Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies

Relational & Organizational Communication

Eric Aoki

Professor

Meara Faw

Associate Professor

Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager

Associate Professor

Katherine Knobloch

Associate Professor; Associate Director, Center for Public Deliberation

Ziyu Long

Associate Professor

Elizabeth Parks

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Williams

Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor

Rhetoric & Civic Engagement

Greg Dickinson

Department Chair and Professor

Thomas R. Dunn

Associate Professor; Director of Basic Course (SPCM200: Public Speaking)

Katie Gibson

Professor

Morgan K. Johnson

Assistant Professor