To give prospective students a comprehensive and candid illustration of the work that master’s in communication programs involve, the skills they help students build, and the career support they may offer students, MastersinCommunications.com created a Faculty Interview Series featuring in-depth interviews with professors, program directors, and other faculty members at master’s in communication programs throughout the country. In their interviews, faculty provide important information and insights including:

  • The structure of their master’s in communication program, and the core concepts that are covered through classes and projects
  • Mentorship opportunities within their programs that help propel students into new and advanced careers in communication
  • Advice for students on navigating their course selections, and completing any master’s thesis, comprehensive examination, practicum, and/or capstone project requirements
  • How students can optimize their applications for these programs
  • The pros and cons of pursuing a master’s degree in a traditional campus-based setting, versus hybrid and fully online options

Filter School interviews by state:

Alabama

Interview with Jonathan H. Amsbary, Ph.D. – The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Amsbary is the Graduate Program Director for the Department of Communication Studies at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also teaches courses in in health and organizational communication, culture and communication, and persuasion as a Professor within the Department.
“We currently have some of the top scholars in the areas of nonverbal communication, deception, political communication and interpersonal communication.”

Interview with Clarke Rountree, Ph.D. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Dr. Rountree is the Graduate Director of the Masters in Professional Communication program at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he also teaches courses in rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, and legal argument as a Professor of Communication Arts.
“We are a small, close-knit department that fosters good faculty-student relationships. And all graduate faculty are talented teachers who earn very high marks from students, even though they approach teaching in ways that match their particular subject matter and personalities.”

Interview with Sunny Stalter-Pace, Ph.D. – Auburn University

Dr. Stalter-Pace is the Director of Graduate Studies for Auburn University’s English Department, where she advises students across all of the Department’s graduate programs, supports faculty and TAs, and teaches courses in early twentieth-century American literature, drama, and critical theory.
“I think our strength comes from the combination of focus and breadth. Everyone in the MTPC cohort shares some core skills, but then they can create their own context for applying them.”

Arkansas

Interview with Gerald W.C. Driskill, Ph.D. – University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Driskill is the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Applied Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he also teaches courses in communication theory, intercultural communication, and organizational communication as a Professor.
“Difference making is at the core of our program. We equip leaders to be more ethical and effective in their communication.”

California

Interview with Bernardo Alexander Attias, Ph.D. – California State University, Northridge

Dr. Attias is the Graduate Coordinator of the Communication Studies Department at California State University Northridge, where he also teaches as a Professor. He specializes in cultural and feminist studies, rhetoric, freedom of speech, and the rhetoric of conflict and warfare.
“Our main strength at CSUN is our commitment to student-centered learning. You will find here an extremely supportive and accessible faculty who always make our students our top priority.”

Interview with Teresa Bergman, Ph.D. – University of the Pacific

Dr. Bergman is the Graduate Program Director for the Communication Department at the University of the Pacific, where she also teaches courses on persuasive communication and documentary film as a Professor. Her research focuses on memory studies and the use of the documentary form to commemorate historical figures and sites.
“We have a relatively small program, and we try to structure the program so that all faculty are engaged with and supportive of students’ learning both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Interview with Robert DeChaine, Ph.D. – California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. DeChaine is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, where he manages student recruitment and advising, oversees curriculum development, and teaches courses in rhetorical studies, human rights, and social movement
“I believe that one aspect that makes us stand out is the challenge of our program in conjunction with our support of each student. We are quite rigorous in our expectations of students. We want them not just to succeed in our program, but also to be able to succeed after our program, and because of that, we hold them to quite high standards.”

Interview with Kurt Lindemann, Ph.D. – San Diego State University

Dr. Lindemann is the Director of Graduate Studies for San Diego State University’s School of Communication, where he advises students and runs the comprehensive exam colloquia. He also teaches courses in organizational communication, qualitative research methods, and performance studies as a Professor.
“I would say that our summer abroad program makes us unique, in that students can get “hands on” experience doing communication research in the field and apply communication theory in unique settings.”

Interview with Shawna Malvini Redden, Ph.D. – Sacramento State University

Dr. Malvini Redden is the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Communication Studies Department at Sacramento State University. She mentors students, helps develop curricula, and teaches courses in qualitative research and organizational communication as an Assistant Professor.
“Students can truly tailor the program to their career goals. For some, the goal is doctoral study, which approximately 25 to 30% of our graduates pursue (at top tier programs with full funding!). For others, the goal is to teach locally or apply skills learned in the program to their professional careers.”

Interview with Ahlam Muhtaseb, Ph.D. – California State University, San Bernardino

Dr. Muhtaseb is the Graduate Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Communication Studies program at California State University, San Bernardino. She supports students, oversees recruitment and admissions, and supervises revisions and additions to the curriculum. She also teaches courses in strategic public relations, gender and race in media, and digital culture as a Professor.
“The level of faculty expertise and investment in students is exemplar at CSU San Bernardino. I am very proud of our faculty composition. We have high-caliber scholars who are well-known in their fields, and who are very productive in terms of scholarship.”

Interview with Marnel Niles Goins, Ph.D. – California State University, Fresno

Dr. Niles Goins is the Graduate Coordinator for California State University, Fresno’s Department of Communication, where she advises students, supports faculty and recruitment, and teaches classes in organizational communication, gender communication, and small group communication as a Professor.
“Our faculty are what make our program stand out. Their genuine investment in students, and their diversity in terms of race, gender, ability, interests, industry experience, and research expertise means that we are able to serve a broad range of students in a very individualized and productive way.”

Interview with Porter Shreve – University of San Francisco

Professor Shreve is a co-founder of the University of San Francisco’s Master of Arts in Professional Communication, and also serves as the program’s Director of Administration. He developed and updates the curriculum, advises students, manages extracurricular programming, and teaches classes in digital storytelling and advanced research.
“We pride ourselves on balancing academic rigor with practical application. It is a balance that we are continually thinking about, working with our students on, and talking about in faculty meetings, and I think it’s a hard balance to pull off well.”

Interview with Matthew Spangler, Ph.D. – San Jose State University

Dr. Spangler is the Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Communication Studies program at San Jose State University, where he advises students, coordinates curriculum development, and supports faculty. As a Professor of Performance Studies, he also teaches courses in documentary theatre, globalization, intercultural performance within the MA program.
“I would say the flexibility of our curriculum, the variety of our classes, and the depth and breadth of our faculty’s expertise are definitely things that make our program particularly strong.”

Colorado

Interview with Karrin Vasby Anderson, Ph.D. – Colorado State University

Dr. Anderson is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, where she oversees the Master of Arts program, advises students, supports curriculum development, and teaches courses in political communication, gender and communication, and rhetoric.
“Our graduate program has approximately 30-35 graduate students (MA and PhD) in residence at a time, and we have 18 members of the graduate faculty. Consequently, we are able to give each student individualized attention.”

Interview with Hamilton Bean, Ph.D. – University of Colorado Denver

Dr. Bean is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver, where he advises students, oversees program logistics, and teaches courses as an Associate Professor. He also serves as the Director of the CU Denver’s International Studies Program.
“The quality of MA-level education is highly dependent on the expertise, engagement, and mentorship of graduate faculty. In that regard, CU Denver’s MA program is competitive with the best in the country. Our graduate faculty members have won multiple awards from regional, national, and international communication associations for research, teaching, and service.”

Interview with Christopher Bell, Ph.D. – University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Dr. Bell is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, where he also teaches as an Associate Professor. He specializes in the intersections of communication and media with popular culture, race, class, and gender.
“The biggest selling point for our program is its customizability. Because our program is so flexible, our graduates end up in every corner of the Communication field from political, corporate, and non-profit positions to media production, sports management, and entertainment.”

Interview with Nadia Kaneva, Ph.D. – University of Denver

Dr. Kaneva is the Graduate Director and an Associate Professor in the University of Denver’s Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies. She advises students, supports program development, and teaches courses in feminist theory, public relations, promotional culture, and branding.
“Our faculty are leaders in their fields and they cherish the opportunity to mentor the next generation of scholars… Individual faculty mentorship is one of the defining features of our program. As soon as a student enrolls in our program, we connect them with a faculty advisor who becomes a key resource and guide.”

Interview with Magdelana Red, Ph.D. – University of Denver

Dr. Red is the Academic Director for the Master of Arts in Communication Management program at the University of Denver’s University College, where she also teaches courses in interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication as an Assistant Professor.
“This applied program is ideal for current communication professionals who need to build more specialized skills or career changers who want to pursue communication roles.”

Connecticut

Interview with Lori Bindig, Ph.D. – Sacred Heart University

Dr. Bindig is the Program Director for Sacred Heart University’s Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations. She oversees admissions, curriculum development and evaluation, student advising, and special programming. She also teaches courses in strategic communication, multimedia, and media ethics.
“The Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations at Sacred Heart University is unique because of its curriculum, faculty, and location. Developed in collaboration with leading experts, the SCPR curriculum pairs theoretical and historical understanding with hands-on learning, preparing students to meet the demands of an ever-changing workplace.”

Interview with Kristin Comeforo, Ph.D. – University of Hartford

Dr. Comeforo is the Director of the University of Hartford’s Master of Arts in Communication program. She advises students, supports faculty, and also oversees the Graduate Committee responsible for the development of the curriculum. She also teaches courses in advertising and integrated marketing and branding as an Associate Professor.
“The University of Hartford’s in Communication has many standout aspects. First, the quality of instruction and level of support provided by faculty members. We are a smaller program and we get to know you. We care about your success and know how to prepare you for it.”

Interview with Amanda Denes, Ph.D. – University of Connecticut

Dr. Denes is the Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Connecticut’s Department of Communication, where she also serves as an Associate Professor. She advises students, oversees updates to the curriculum, and teaches courses in interpersonal communication and gender dynamics in communication.
”One of the most exciting things about our program is that we have state-of-the-art research labs and students are welcome to use the labs and their resources for research (or as part of research projects with faculty).”

District of Columbia

Interview with Dionne C. Clemons, Ph.D. – Trinity Washington University

Dr. Clemons is the Director of Strategic Communication and Public Relations at Trinity Washington University, where she also serves as Chair of the MA in Strategic Communication and PR. She advises graduate students, supports faculty, supervises curriculum developments, and has also taught classes in strategic PR, public affairs management, and advanced research methods.
“I think the quality of our faculty and the social service mission of our program are two things that really distinguish us. As mentioned previously, we have a good mix of faculty who are cutting edge scholars in their field, as well as advanced professionals in industry who are immersed in the very concepts, strategies, and issues they are teaching about.”

Interview with Taylor Hahn, Ph.D. – Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Hahn is Director of Johns Hopkins University’s Master of Arts in Communication program. He develops curricula, supports instructors, manages long-term planning, advises students, and teaches courses in media literacy, persuasion, and public address.
“…one of the major things that makes the program stand out is our students. Taking courses in the program means that you will be exchanging ideas with other energetic, creative, and impressive learners.”

Interview with Meina Liu, Ph.D. – The George Washington University

Dr. Liu is the Graduate Director of George Washington University’s MA in Communication Management, overseeing graduate admissions, student advising, and assessment. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, where she teaches courses in negotiation and organizational and intercultural communication.
“One of the major appeals of this degree is the wide variety of career paths that students can pursue. Students with an M.A. in Communication Management enter careers as Project Managers, Communications Managers, Brand Specialists, Market Research Analysts, and so on.”

Interview with Cylor Spaulding, Ph.D. – Georgetown University

Dr. Cylor Spaulding is the Faculty Director of Georgetown University’s Master’s in Public Relations & Corporate Communications program, where he supports faculty in their development of course curricula and teaches the capstone course as an Assistant Professor.
“It’s a standout aspect of our program to have working professionals teaching for us, because some fields within PR and corporate communication evolve so quickly, and with our faculty, we are equipped to handle these changes and incorporate them into our classes.”

Interview with Janet Steele, Ph.D. – The George Washington University

Dr. Steele is the Director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at The George Washington University, where she also directs the Master of Arts in Global Communication program. She advises students, supervises admissions and curriculum development, and teaches courses in media in developing countries, narrative journalism, and media history as an Associate Professor.
“The hybrid nature of our program that gives students resources and mentorship from two separate schools; our strengths in both international affairs and strategic political communication, public diplomacy, and other areas that equip students for advanced political, public affairs, and entrepreneurial work; and our faculty who are experts in their field and constantly seeking to improve students’ experiences are several aspects of our program that make it both unique and an excellent choice.”

Interview with Paula Weissman, Ph.D. – American University

Dr. Weissman is the Director of the Online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication program at American University’s School of Communication, where she is also a full-time professor of Public Communication. She offers insight into the curriculum and research requirements of the Online MA in Strategic Communication, as well as the aspects of the program that make it unique.
“Our reputation has earned us many accolades… Students leverage this reputation and strong network in their careers.”

Interview with Wendy Zajack, MBA – Georgetown University

Professor Zajack is the Faculty Director of the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications at Georgetown University, where she also teaches graduate courses in collaboration and ethics in communication, we well as the capstone course. She has over 20 years of experience in the corporate communications space, working for companies such as Reuters, Nokia, and Alcatel-Lucent.
“The professional strength and breadth of knowledge of our faculty, their willingness to connect with students, and the powerful networks they bring have proved time and time again to be a great launching pad for our students.”

Florida

Interview with Athena du Pré, Ph.D. – University of West Florida

Dr. du Pré is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of West Florida, where she also serves as the Director of the MA in Strategic Communication & Leadership program. She teaches courses in health communication, leadership, and workplace communication and dynamics.
“The curriculum is smart and cutting edge–with a strong foundation in theory and research. But we believe in putting those into practice. Our faculty are extraordinary for their commitment to helping students succeed in and out of the classroom.”

Interview with John H. Parmelee, Ph.D. – University of North Florida

Dr. Parmelee is the Chair of the University of North Florida’s Department of Communication, where he also teaches graduate courses in journalism, political communication, and media theory and research. He specializes in how communication technologies such as social media have shaped political communication and its effects on society.
“UNF is currently the only school in the state to offer a master’s degree that has communication management as the primary focus.”

Interview with Berit Van Neste – University of South Florida

Berit Van Neste is the Academic Program Specialist for the University of South Florida’s Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications, where she advises current students of the Master of Arts in Mass Communication program, manages recruitment, and maintains contact with alumni from the program.
“Our program has two concentrations that prepare students for a wide range of careers in both industry and academia.”

Georgia

Interview with Josh Azriel, Ph.D. – Kennesaw State University

Dr. Azriel is the Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Communication and Media at Kennesaw State University, where he advises students, coordinates the curriculum for the Master’s in Integrated Global Communication, and teaches classes in global communication and digital media law.
“One of our program’s strengths is our faculty. They all have professional experience in public relations, journalism, or mass media. Each professor has international professional or academic experience in research and/or teaching.”

Hawaii

Interview with Hye-ryeon Lee, Ph.D. – University of Hawaii at Manoa

Dr. Lee is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communicology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she also teaches courses in persuasion and social influence, political communication, and health communication as a Professor.
“We are very highly ranked in terms of faculty research and scholarship, and we provide excellent preparation for individuals who are thinking about entering a Ph.D. program. And at the same time, we also provide applied projects and other opportunities for students who are more interested in pursuing a career in industry, and are invested in developing their professional portfolio and skills set.”

Illinois

Interview with Paul Booth, Ph.D. – DePaul University

Dr. Booth is the Graduate Director of DePaul’s Master of Arts in Digital Communication and Media Arts, where he advises students and oversees all administrative aspects of the program. He is also an Associate Professor who teaches courses in media and cinema studies, communication and technology, and new media and culture.
“Students who graduate from the program find themselves well poised to enter or further a career in a variety of fields, from social media management to media director, from content specialist to design strategist.”

Interview with Elissa Foster, Ph.D. – DePaul University

Dr. Foster is the Graduate Program Director for the MA in Health Communication at DePaul University, where she also teaches courses in interpersonal, family, and patient-provider communication as a Professor. She advises students, oversees the program’s design and course developments, and supervises student admissions.
“Our mission to empower students with the knowledge and skills they need to make a lasting impact on the field of health communication has motivated us to design our curriculum carefully… we seek to give them an holistic understanding of important paradigms in the field, and to have them think about issues of power, social structures, and how they relate to human communication dynamics and then to population health.”

Interview with Leanne Knobloch, Ph.D. – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Knobloch is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses as a Professor specializing in interpersonal communication, health communication, and conflict management.
“Our curriculum is helpful for students who are planning careers in education, business, government, public policy, health care, and many other areas.”

Interview with John C. Lammers, Ph.D. – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Lammers is the Director of the online Master of Science in Health Communication program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he supports faculty, develops the curriculum, and also teaches courses in advanced organizational communication and health communication as a Professor.
“Our program is designed for busy health care professionals seeking an advanced degree. It is flexibly administered, high touch, and relevant to a wide range of communication occupations and health care functions.”

Interview with Kevin Meyer, Ph.D. – Illinois State University

Dr. Meyer is the Graduate Coordinator for Illinois State University’s School of Communication, where he advises students, supports faculty, and teaches courses in instructional communication and communication education as an Associate Professor.
“Our alumni attend the best doctoral programs–and rise to the top of their cohorts, establish exciting careers in the private sector, and remain engaged after they leave because they cherished their time here.”

Interview with Sorin Nastasia, Ph.D. – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Dr. Nastasia is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director for the Department of Applied Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he advises students and teaches courses in international public relations, persuasion, and technology in public relations.
“Our specializations are devised to allow students to acquire knowledge and skills in various areas of communication and to put to work their expertise through hands-on activities, service learning, and internships.”

Indiana

Interview with Bart Collins, Ph.D. – Purdue University

Dr. Collins is the Director of the Online Graduate Program at Purdue University’s Brian Lamb School of Communication, where he is also a professor specializing in healthcare communication, tele-medicine and tele-health, and the connections between health, technology, and education.
“Our faculty have strong industry experiences and academic credentials, and work actively to help students translate theory and research to address real world problems.”

Iowa

Interview with Daniela Dimitrova, Ph.D. – Iowa State University

Dr. Dimitrova is the Director of Graduate Education for the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University, where she advises students and supports faculty. She also teaches courses on political and cross-cultural communication, and conducts research on the impact of social media on civic engagement.
“The M.S. program at Greenlee is known for producing excellent scholars who go on to complete their doctorates in top programs around the country and for helping rising professionals pursue successful careers in public relations, corporate communication, journalism, advertising, and integrated marketing communication.”

Interview with Charles Kyle Rudick, Ph.D. – University of Northern Iowa

C. Kyle Rudick is an Assistant Professor in the University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Communication Studies. He conducts research and teaches courses in the politics of communication dynamics, particularly within educational contexts, and is invested in the role that communication plays in maintaining and addressing social inequality.
“The UNI Department of Communication Studies emphasizes four areas of development: communication content knowledge, communication research practice, communication skills, and communication-based community engagement. Together, these areas ensure that a student graduating from our program is prepared to excel in their personal and professional lives through a deep knowledge of, and appreciation for, communication processes.”

Kansas

Interview with Heather Suzanne Woods, Ph.D. – Kansas State University

Dr. Woods is the Graduate Director for Admissions and Outreach for Kansas State University’s Department of Communication Studies, where she also teaches courses in rhetoric and rhetorical theory as an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Technology. As Director, she manages outreach and helps oversee public relations for the Department’s programs.

Kentucky

Interview with Bobi Ivanov, MBA, Ph.D. – University of Kentucky

Dr. Ivanov is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in Communication at the University of Kentucky, where he advises students throughout their enrollment and oversees graduate program development. As a Professor, he also teaches classes in consumer behavior, audience analysis, integrated strategic communication, and persuasion theory.
“The Graduate Programs in Communication at the University of Kentucky are ranked as some of the top programs in the nation. As such, students are provided with strong training evidenced in the impressive academic output they produce.”

Interview with Steve Sohn Ph.D. – University of Louisville

Dr. Sohn is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication at the University of Louisville. He supports and advises graduate students in the Department, and teaches courses in international communication, research methods, and media management.
“Our curriculum is structured in a way to help students in different situations, whether they have a specific goal or are more open to exploring different areas of communication and potential career paths.”

Interview with Michael G. Strawser, Ph.D. – Bellarmine University

Dr. Strawser is the Director of Graduate Programs at Bellarmine University’s School of Communication, where he also teaches courses in organizational, instructional, strategic, intercultural, and leadership communication as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Strawser also served as an Instructional Designer for Bellarmine University’s online and hybrid courses.
“Our degree program is unique to each student in that students can select courses (i.e. special topics course) like strategic communication, podcasting, communication campaigns and analysis, digital portfolio, data visualization and storytelling, etc. that resonate with them.”

Interview with Blair Thompson, Ph.D. – Western Kentucky University

Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Coordinator for Western Kentucky University’s Department of Communication. He teaches courses in instructional communication, family communication, and communication theory, advises students throughout their enrollment, and supports the graduate teaching assistants in the program.
“I believe that one of the core things that makes our program stellar is that students feel a real connection with the faculty. They feel like we are accessible, that we care about how they’re doing, and I believe that’s why our program has grown.”

Louisiana

Interview with Joe Burns, Ph.D. – Southeastern Louisiana University

Dr. Burns is the Graduate Coordinator of the Master’s in Organizational Communication program at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he advises students, supports faculty, and oversees curriculum development. He also teaches courses in communication technology as a Professor.
“We prepare people for advanced careers. We are real-world based. We are a working degree for working people who want to be the best they can for an employer.”

Interview with Mara Loeb, Ph.D. – University of Louisiana at Monroe

Dr. Loeb is the Graduate Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Communication program at the University of Louisiana, where she advises new students, manages recruitment, and also teaches courses in qualitative research methods and intercultural communication as an Associate Professor.
“Our program prepares students to represent themselves very well to prospective employers. With a strong base in theory and research practices and proof of their abilities through either the Exit Project or Thesis route, they have evidence of their capabilities.”

Interview with Bryan J. McCann, Ph.D. – Louisiana State University

Dr. McCann is the Director of Graduate at Louisiana State University’s Department of Communication Studies, where he also teaches courses in rhetorical criticism, social theory, and argumentation as an Associate Professor. He oversees program admissions, graduate assistantships, curriculum development, and student advising.
“LSU’s Department of Communication Studies is proud of its deep roots in the traditions of interpersonal communication, performance studies, and rhetorical studies.”

Maine

Interview with Nathan Stormer, Ph.D. – University of Maine

Dr. Stormer is the Chair of the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of Maine, where he also teaches as a professor of feminist and medical rhetoric. He is the author of numerous research articles on cultural rhetoric, health and medical discourse, and feminist communication, and has published two books on the role of cultural and medical rhetoric on women’s reproductive rights.
“As a sign of our success, we have over a 90% completion rate of our graduate students.”

Michigan

Interview with Rob Drew, Ph.D. – Saginaw Valley State University

About Dr. Rob Drew, Ph.D.: Rob Drew is the Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Communication & Media Administration program at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU). As Coordinator, Dr. Drew reviews candidates for admission, coordinates staffing, schedules classes, advises students on courses and degree plans, and coordinates the program’s curriculum. As a Professor of […]

Interview with Rebekah Farrugia, Ph.D. – Oakland University

Dr. Farrugia is the Graduate Program Director for Oakland University’s Department of Communication and Journalism, where she oversees all graduate students in the Master of Arts in Communication program. She also teaches courses in media and social identity, critical approaches to popular music, and gender, sexuality, and the media.
”…our students are well prepared for further research at the doctoral level as well as a variety of positions in industry including work in non-profit organizations, public relations, and corporate industries.”

Interview with Judy Foster Davis, PhD – Eastern Michigan University

Dr. Davis is a Professor of Marketing and Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) at Eastern Michigan University, where she teaches courses in in IMC strategies and principles, multi-channel media, consumer behavior, and IMC ethics. She also served as the Faculty Coordinator for Eastern Michigan University’s MS in IMC for seven years.
“Students finish the program well-positioned to perform as marketing communication leaders and managers in their organizations, making the IMC Master’s degree at Eastern Michigan University a particularly attractive graduate degree option.”

Interview with Nancy Rhodes, Ph.D. – Michigan State University

Dr. Rhodes is the Director of the Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communication at Michigan State University, where she also teaches the program’s course in mass communication and public health and conducts research on media and consumer behavior as an Associate Professor.
“HRC-MA graduates get jobs. Because students are able to customize the program to meet their needs, our students have been very successful and building the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.”

Interview with Corinne Stavish, M.A. – Lawrence Technological University

Professor Stavish is the Director of Lawrence Technological University’s Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication program, where she guides curriculum development, supports faculty, advises students, teaches courses in team building, corporate storytelling, and interpersonal communication, and coordinates the program’s Advisory Board.
“The students build connections with faculty and peers in our very informal, highly inter-connected classes. All of the instructors foster mentoring relationships with students, have group assignments, and many create assignments for the students to collaborate outside of the classroom doing fieldwork.”

Missouri

Interview with Leilani Carver-Madalon, Ph.D. – Maryville University

Dr. Carver-Madalon is the Graduate Director of Strategic Communication at Maryville University, where she also teaches courses as an Associate Professor. She advises students, supervises faculty, and was a key leader in the expansion of the MA in Strategic Communication and Leadership program’s course offerings and online options.
“Our professors are similarly committed to their students and to mentoring them throughout their enrollment and beyond. This close and supportive relationship with our students is something that I feel makes our program unique—we are truly invested in their success and will do everything we can to help them be successful in their chosen path.”

Interview with James Hutson, Ph.D. – Lindenwood University

Dr. Hutson is the Assistant Dean of Graduate and Online Programs for Lindenwood University’s School of Arts, Media, and Communications, where he oversees curriculum development, recruitment, and admissions, and teaches courses in research methods and numerous graduate seminars.
“We pride ourselves in structuring much of our program around professional practices, and instruction from individuals actually working in their chosen fields. In order to maintain the latest equipment and pedagogical strategies in the field, the faculty in the Communications Department are active in associations such as the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and attend both academic conferences, as well as trade shows.”

Montana

Interview with Pat Munday, Ph.D. – Montana Tech

Dr. Munday is former Head of the Department of Professional & Technical Communication at Montana Tech. As a Professor of Science & Technology Studies, he also helps design the Department’s programs and teaches courses in science and environmental communication as a Professor.
“The communication profession is incredibly competitive and rapidly changing. We graduate students with state-of-the art skills in the software and hardware that they will use in the workplace, as well as the conceptual skills to know how best to communicate with particular audiences and for particular purposes.”

Nebraska

Interview with Jordan Soliz, Ph.D. – University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Soliz is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As Director, he mentors students, supports faculty, manages student admissions, and oversees course scheduling and curriculum development. He also teaches courses in family communication, research methods, and communication and social identity.
“Our graduate program is small which allows for more individual attention and scholarly development. Most of our advisors have weekly meetings with students to talk about their scholarly development. While a student may only be one of two to three MA students in a program of 20 graduate students, the attention you receive will be beneficial in preparation for Ph.D. coursework and requirements.”

New Jersey

Interview with Richard Dool, D.Mgt – Rutgers University

Dr. Dool is the Director of Rutgers University’s Master of Communication and Media program. He oversees the program’s strategic direction, develops the curriculum, advises students, and manages recruitment and admissions. He also teaches courses in communication ethics, leadership communication, and global organizational dynamics.
“We have a world-class faculty, both full time and adjuncts (Part-Time Lecturers). They are highly experienced, well known for their areas of expertise and fully committed to creating positive learning experiences for our students. They are highly engaged in their classes and since all our classes are small (less than 30 and most between 9-15), we ensure our students have a positive and valuable immersion experience.”

Interview with Marina Vujnovic, Ph.D. – Monmouth University

Dr. Vujnovic is the Director for the Master of Arts in Public and Corporate Communication program at Monmouth University, where she also teaches courses as an Associate Professor. As Director, she advises students throughout their enrollment, manages recruitment, oversees changes to the curriculum, and supports faculty. She teaches classes in global communication, journalism, public relations, and the emergence of new communication technologies.
“Another element of our program that is really important to us is our ethics as a Department, and as a program. One of our central aims is empowering students to give back to the community, and also teaching them how to think about communication and its role in organizational culture.”

New Mexico

Interview with Judith Hendry, Ph.D. – The University of New Mexico

Dr. Hendry is the Program Director for the Master of Arts in Communication program at The University of New Mexico, where she handles recruitment and admissions, and advises students throughout their enrollment. As a Lecturer III, she also teaches courses in research methods and environmental rhetoric.
“On National Communication Association surveys, our program consistently ranks among the very top in the nation, especially in inter/cultural communication.”

New York

Interview with Dana L. Cloud, Ph.D. – Syracuse University

Dr. Cloud is a Professor and the Graduate Program Director for the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University. She advises students, supports faculty, manages curriculum development, and teaches courses in social movements, persuasion, rhetoric and prejudice, and feminist theory.
“We prepare students for Ph.D. level study by immersing them in coursework with premier scholars in the field whose ongoing research programs keep them on the cutting edge of scholarship in the field.”

Interview with Michael B. Goodman, Ph.D. – Baruch College, The City University of New York

Dr. Goodman is the Director of the Master of Arts in Corporate Communication program at Baruch College, The City University of New York. He manages recruitment and admission, advises students, oversees curriculum development, and teaches courses in corporate communication and culture.
“Baruch College’s Master of Arts in Corporate Communication provides students with a strong foundation in corporate ethics, leadership skills, and communication dynamics for both internal, business-to-business, and public-facing messaging.”

Interview with Basilio G. Monteiro, Ph.D. – St. John’s University

Dr. Monteiro is the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at St. John’s University’s Department of Mass Communication, where he manages program development for the Department, oversees recruitment and admissions, supports faculty in their interdisciplinary research, and teaches courses in communication and diplomacy, human rights, and peace-building.
“Our faculty collaborate with their students in developing scholarly papers for conference presentations. St. John’s University encourages and values these kinds of faculty-student collaborations.”

Interview with Professor Nancy Tag – The City College of New York

Professor Tag is the Program Director of the City College of New York’s Branding + Integrated Communications (BIC) Master of Professional Studies. She helps design program curricula, advises students, supports faculty, and teaches courses in advertising, public relations, and idea development.
“As the only MPS program to teach branding and integrated communications in an integrated way, BIC is a terminal, professional degree – like an MBA – that can turbo-charge your career.”

North Carolina

Interview with Huiling Ding, Ph.D. – North Carolina State University

Dr. Ding is the Director of the Master of Science in Technical Communication program at North Carolina State University, where she also teaches courses in global technical communication, technical writing theory and research, and writing for publication as an Associate Professor.
“Our program was established over 30 years ago, and during that time we have built a very strong reputation as a program that trains highly skilled and marketable graduates who have a strong understanding of technical communication’s history, as well as current and future developments in the field.”

Interview with John A. McArthur, Ph.D. – Queens University of Charlotte

Dr. McArthur is the Director of Graduate Programs at Queens University of Charlotte’s James L. Knight School of Communication, where he is also an Associate Professor specializing in the use of physical and digital spaces in the design and dissemination of information. He is an author of a book on proxemics, and has published numerous articles on strategic communications and information design.
“The Knight School’s MA in Communication uses innovative methods to study current and emerging media conversations through digital strategic communication.”

Ohio

Interview with Anup Kumar, Ph.D. – Cleveland State University

Dr. Kumar is the Graduate Program Director for Cleveland State University’s School of Communication, where he advises students, manages recruitment, and oversees curriculum development for the graduate program. As an Associate Professor, he also teaches courses in media theory, political communication, and media ethics.
“I believe that our focus on applied communication theory and methods makes us an excellent option for students who want a pragmatic degree that still allows them to delve into advanced academic concepts in communication. This balance between the professional and the academic I believe is what makes our program stand out.”

Interview with John Lynch, Ph.D. – University of Cincinnati

Dr. Lynch is the Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Communication, where he advises students, oversees recruitment, and supports faculty and program development. As an Associate Professor, he also teaches courses in narratives in medicine, rhetorical methods, and gender in communication.
“Our program features strong mentorship from nationally and internationally recognized communication faculty. We provide support to help students choose between a doctoral or professional path.”

Oklahoma

Interview with Hsin-I Sydney Yueh, Ph.D. – Northeastern State University

Dr. Yueh is the Director of the Master of Arts in Communication program at Northeastern State University, where she oversees recruitment and admissions, and advises students throughout their enrollment. She also teaches courses in intercultural communication and minority studies.
“The biggest selling point for our program is its flexibility. Although the program is not completely online, students do have options to take online courses, hybrid courses, and distant learning courses to make their course schedule more flexible.”

Pennsylvania

Interview with Janie Harden Fritz, Ph.D. – Duquesne University

Dr. Fritz is the Director of the B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies programs at Duquesne University, where she supports students and works with faculty on curriculum development and improvement. She also teaches courses in interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational communication as a Professor.

Dr. Maier is an Assistant Professor at Duquesne University, where he studies corporate communication and how it evolves in times of radical change. He teaches courses in strategic research and communication planning, nonprofit development communication, advocacy and persuasion, and public relations.

“Our program stands out because it provides an intensive liberal arts education that can help students make the transition to either professional life or academia.’

Interview with Patrick D. Murphy, Ph.D. – Temple University

Dr. Murphy is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University, where he oversees curriculum development and student advising for the Master of Science in Globalization and Development Communication and Master of Science in Communication Management.
“Within the College of Media and Communication, we have done a great job of hiring some incredible new faculty–both bright and young faculty, and established faculty who are full professors and have spent a decade or more in the field. We’ve worked hard to provide innovative future-thinking programs, and we’re committed to sustainable programs that stand the test of time.”

Interview with Susan Stein, Ph.D. – Drexel University

Dr. Stein is the Director of Drexel University’s Master of Science in Communication, where she manages student advising, curriculum development, and admissions, while also teaching courses in environmental communication, sustainability campaigns, and health communication.
“In addition to the flexibility of our program and our focus on ethics and relevant skills, we continually seek to be on the cutting edge of the industry in terms of our course offerings, so that students not only have a strong foundation in communication theories and principles, but also fresh skills that are directly applicable to today’s jobs.”

South Dakota

Interview with Jennifer Anderson, Ph.D. – South Dakota State University

Dr. Anderson is the Program Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Communication & Journalism at South Dakota State University, where she advises students, connects them to resources, and collaborates with faculty to support student success. She also teaches courses in health and interpersonal communication as an Associate Professor.
“This Fall 2018, we are launching the School of Communication and Journalism at SDSU, which is a vibrant new collaboration between the Communication Studies, Journalism, Advertising, and Public Relations programs. With increased connections between these programs, our faculty are more excited than ever to offer our students an outstanding educational experience that includes dedicated mentorship to each student.”

Interview with Rocky Dailey, Ed.D. – South Dakota State University

Dr. Dailey is an Assistant Professor at South Dakota State University’s School of Communication & Journalism, where he teaches courses in mass communication pedagogy, media management, and cross platform storytelling. He also serves as the Online Graduate Advisor for the Department.
“As the first and currently only online Master of Mass Communication graduate degree accredited by ACEJMC, our program undergoes an extensive and regular review covering both our curriculum and faculty as well as evidence of course goal achievement and degree retention and completion.”

Tennessee

Interview with Robert J. Baron, Ph.D. – Austin Peay State University

Dr. Baron is the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Communication at Austin Peay State University, where he advises students, supports curriculum development, oversees admissions, and teaches courses in media literacy, persuasion theory, and digital media.
“I would say that our intense professional focus in the program, the flexibility of our curriculum, our faculty’s commitment to supporting students in their final research project, and our work to provide courses that stay abreast of advancements in the field are all aspects that make our program distinctive.”

Texas

Interview with Yannick C. Atouba, Ph.D. – The University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Atouba is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication at the University of Texas at El Paso. He advises students in the program, supports the admissions committee, and teaches courses in organizational communication and conflict mediation.
“As a testament to our success in preparing students for various paths forward, our recent M.A. graduates in Communication have gone on to professional positions in a variety of fields, including teaching, research, public relations, business and others and several have gone on to doctoral programs in the Communication discipline.”

Interview with Craig Baehr, Ph.D. – Texas Tech University

Dr. Baehr is Director of Graduate Studies in Technical Communication at Texas Tech University, where he advises students in the MA in Technical Communication program, supports faculty and curriculum development, and teaches courses in instructional communication, content strategy, and publications management as a Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric.
“One of the main things that I believe makes our program stand out is our focus on making the degree as customizable as possible for students’ needs and interests. Our degree program is designed so that students can tailor their degree to the topics that intrigue them.”

Interview with Frances Brandau, Ph.D. – Sam Houston State University

About Frances Brandau, Ph.D.: Dr. Brandau earned her B.S. and M.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Louisiana State University. She joined the SHSU faculty in 2001 and has seen the campus grow and thrive. Dr. Brandau currently serves the Department of Communication Studies as […]

Interview with Tricia Burke, Ph.D. – Texas State University

Dr. Burke is the Director of Graduate Studies at Texas State University, where she also teaches courses in interpersonal communication, health communication, and empirical research as an Assistant Professor. In her research, she explores how interpersonal and health communication intersect in relationships.
“Students who receive their M.A. from Texas State learn how to analyze and assess messages from different perspectives, which is a valuable tool in both academic and non-academic career paths.”

Interview with Dennis D. Cali, Ph.D. – The University of Texas at Tyler

Dr. Cali is the Chair of the Department of Communication at The University of Texas at Tyler. He oversees departmental program developments, faculty hires, student recruitment, and curricular evaluations, and also advises students. He teaches numerous graduate seminars in media ecology, political communication, rhetorical criticism, and media ethics.
“A unique feature of UT-Tyler’s graduate program is that it prepares students for many different career options. It prepares them for an academic career, teaching at a junior college or as a lecturer at a University, or for continuing studies in pursuit of a Ph.D. It also prepares students for advancement within communications professions…”

Interview with Seok Kang, Ph.D. – The University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Kang is the Graduate Advisor and an Associate Professor within the Department of Communication at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where he advises students, supports faculty, and manages recruitment, admissions, and curriculum development. He also teaches courses in communication technologies, mobile marketing, social media, and digital messaging.
“Our program takes pride in the one-on-one mentorship between faculty and students. Our faculty are experts in their fields, fascinated with the multifaceted field of communication, and committed to their students’ success.”

Interview with Mark T. Morman, Ph.D. – Baylor University

Dr. Morman is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication Studies at Baylor University, where he oversees recruitment and admissions, advises students, collaborates with faculty on course development, and teaches courses in family communication, interpersonal communication, and modern communication theory.
“I believe the primary strength of our program is the intense mentoring we provide our students. What I say to prospective students when I talk to them is, ‘If you don’t like mentoring and you don’t want close mentoring relationships throughout your academic experience, then you shouldn’t come to Baylor, because that is the cornerstone of our program.'”

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

Dr. Ott is the Chair of Texas Tech University’s Department of Communication Studies, where he supports faculty, oversees curriculum development, and also teaches courses in communication, technology, and popular culture as a Professor.
“One of the greatest strengths of our program is its flexibility; we are committed to a model that allows students to craft a degree program suited to their personal interests and needs.”

Interview with Paul Schrodt, Ph.D. – Texas Christian University

Dr. Schrodt is the Philip J. and Cheryl C. Burguieres Professor of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University, where he also serves as Director of Graduate Studies. He mentors graduate students, oversees curriculum development, and teaches courses in interpersonal communication, family communication, and conflict management.
“Our faculty have established a tradition of teaching excellence and a departmental climate conducive to mentoring graduate students. We provide the expertise and quality of training one might expect from a large, public institution, but with the care, compassion, faculty relations, and community that characterizes a small, private university.”

Virginia

Interview with Jennifer Almjeld, Ph.D. – James Madison University

Dr. Almjeld is the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at James Madison University, where she also teaches courses in digital literacy, community engagement, and online identity as an Associate Professor.
“With a low student-to-teacher ratio, students have the opportunity to tailor the program to their own needs and to focus on areas of writing, rhetoric and technical communication that interest them most.”

Interview with Brandale Mills, Ph.D. – Norfolk State University

Dr. Mills is the Graduate Program Director for Norfolk State University’s Department of Mass Communications and Journalism, where she also teaches courses in communications research, mass communication, and film criticism as an Assistant Professor.
“Our faculty are really dedicated to giving students a great experience, and are available to provide feedback, insights, and connections that are relevant to students’ interests and goals.”

Interview with Stephen Perry, Ph.D. – Regent University

Dr. Perry is the Associate Dean for Academics at Regent University’s School of Communication and the Arts, where he also teaches classes in strategic communication and communication studies as a Professor. He also oversees the School’s Master of Arts in Political Communication and the Master of Arts in Journalism programs.
“Regent University is the premier place for students who specifically want to integrate faith and a Christian perspective into their learning experience.”

Washington

Interview with Rebecca L. Cooney, M.S. – Washington State University

Rebecca Cooney is the Director of the Online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication program at Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, where she also teaches courses in public relations, digital media, and integrated communications as a Clinical Assistant Professor.
“Our MA in Strategic Communication program is also unique because it combines the reputability of our institution with a truly affordable program. All of our degrees are fully accredited and our instruction is high quality and constantly being updated to account for advancements in the field. “

Christine Curtis is the Graduate Coordinator for Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, where she manages student advising and enrollment for the Master of Arts in Communication and Ph.D. in Communication programs. She also teaches courses in crisis communication and public speaking.
“For our Pullman-based Master of Arts in Communication program, one of the primary draws is our faculty and their research expertise. The students who come into our campus-based program are committing to two years of intensive training and practice in communication research, and the mentorship and guidance they experience thanks to our faculty is truly stellar.”

Interview with Michael Hazel, Ph.D. – Gonzaga University

Dr. Hazel is the Chair of the Department of Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, where he is highly engaged in student advising, supporting faculty, and developing and improving curricula. He also oversees the Strategic and Organizational Concentration for the Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership Studies program.
“I think our value proposition is that we push our students to learn and to grow–not just in terms of concrete skills in the communication space, but also developing their sense of professional and personal identity, and clarifying the impact they wish to make in the world.”

Interview with Hanson Hosein – University of Washington

Hanson Hosein is the Director of the Master of Communication Leadership Program at the University of Washington. He oversees the program’s curricular design, advises students, manages recruitment and admissions, and meets with regional industry leaders to support the Partnership Program at UW.
“I’d say what makes us unique is our combination of classes that emphasize the latest skills and developments in the field, our prioritization of industry connections and hands-on work for clients, and our focus on bringing the community into the classroom and vice versa through internship opportunities, extracurricular events, and outreach initiatives.”

West Virginia

Interview with Chad Mezera – West Virginia University

Chad Mezera is the Assistant Dean of Online Programs at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media, where he oversees the online MS in Integrated Marketing Communications. He supports students and faculty, manages curriculum development, and directs networking events and conferences for the program.
“We are a program that, from the beginning, has stressed the importance of the impact we want to have on the lives and careers of our students. We do everything in our power to ensure that all students have a valuable experience and learn skills and insights they need to be competitive. And they need to learn at the pace of the industry, not the pace of higher education.”

Wisconsin

Interview with Erin Ruppel, Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

About Erin Ruppel, Ph.D.: Erin Ruppel is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also serves as the Graduate Director in Communication. As the Graduate Director, Dr. Ruppel communicates with potential students about the program, oversees the graduate admission process, and coordinates graduate student advising. She also teaches classes in […]