Academics who conduct research in the field of communication may do so to advance our understanding of how humans communicate or how advances in technology are changing the way we communicate. These researchers attempt to prove or disprove theories and models using varies types of communication research methodologies. There are also academics who conduct research with the goal of translating their findings into actionable outcomes that can be used for increasing social advocacy or fighting social injustices, improving communication between patients and providers in healthcare settings, or exploring how diversity and intercultural communication can impact and improve businesses.

To illustrate the exciting areas that communication scholars have explored through their research, and the impact their research has had on their communities, MastersinCommunications.com created this Scholarly Interview Series. In these interviews, we talk with professors and researchers who have published articles and books on their topics of expertise, who teach courses and developed innovative curricula in communication, and who are passionate about mentoring future generations of scholars in their field. Our goal is to help prospective students see the breadth and diversity of areas that can be studied in the field of communication and to connect them to professors currently conducting research in these areas.


Health Communication Research Interviews:

Interview with Angela F. Cooke-Jackson, PhD, MPH – California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. Cooke-Jackson is an Associate Professor at CSU-LA, where she teaches classes in health communication and helped develop a new Health Communication concentration. She conducts research in communication’s role in community health amongst disadvantaged populations.

Interview with Margie Skeer, ScD, MPH, MSW – Tufts University

Dr. Skeer is an Associate Professor at Tufts University’s School of Medicine. Her research centers on adolescence substance abuse prevention and interventions, with a particular focus on how family communication can prevent and mitigate substance use in youth.

Interview with Bryan Whaley, Ph.D. – University of San Francisco

Dr. Bryan Whaley is a Professor of Communication and the Director of the Health Studies Minor at University of San Francisco. His research focuses on effective health care messaging and patient education, interpersonal message design and delivery, and analogy argumentation.

Interview with Elaine Wittenberg, Ph.D. – California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. Wittenberg is an Associate Professor of Health Communication at California State University, Los Angeles, and a co-founder of the COMFORT Communication Project. She specializes in family-caregiver-provider interactions and health care team communication.

Interpersonal Communication Research Interviews:

Interview with Steven Beebe, Ph.D. – Texas State University

Dr. Beebe is Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Texas State University, and a prolific author of books on interpersonal, instructional, business, and public communication. He also served as President of the National Communication Association in 2013.

Rhetorical Studies Research Interviews:

Interview with Greg Dickinson, Ph.D. – Colorado State University

Dr. Dickinson is the Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, where he manages curriculum design, oversees graduate and undergraduate student advising, supports faculty, and teaches courses as a Professor.

Interview with Roseann M. Mandziuk, Ph.D. – Texas State University

Dr. Mandziuk is University Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies at Texas State University, where she researches the rhetoric of political advocacy, gender discourse, and social equality. She is also the Second Vice President of the NCA.

Interview with Carolyn Rae Miller, Ph.D. – North Carolina State University

Dr. Miller is the Founding Director of the M.S. in Technical Communication and the Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at NC State University, where she served as SAS Institute Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Technical Communication until she retired in 2015.

Interview with Brian Ott, Ph.D. – Texas Tech University

Dr. Ott is a Professor in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. He specializes in rhetorical studies, political communication, and the impact that a message’s form has on its function and social impact.

Political Communication Research Interviews:

Interview with Ann Burnette, Ph.D. – Texas State University

Dr. Burnette is an Associate Professor at Texas State University, and a prominent scholar of American speech, political communication, presidential rhetoric, and public discourse. Her work as a scholar and instructor has earned her numerous awards and accolades.

Sports Communication Research Interviews:

Interview with Michael L. Butterworth, Ph.D. – The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Butterworth is the Founding Director of the Center for Sports Communication & Media at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is also Chair of the Texas Program in Sports & Media and teaches courses in sport and communication as a Professor.