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Who We Are

The Department of Communication is a national leader in the study of communication as a social science, ranked among the top five in a recent poll by the National Research Council. Our faculty and students are dedicated to understanding the role and enhancing the effectiveness of communication processes, systems, and infrastructure in society. We explore communication in its many forms and contexts as a fundamentally social phenomenon. Our faculty members are recognized for developing and applying novel theoretical perspectives to the most pressing social and policy issues of the day.  

Alumni/Undergraduate Student Connections

In January, Christopher Byrne led ten Comm students to Silicon Valley to visit alumni in various tech companies. In preparation for the trip, students took part in Christopher's SILICOMM seminar, where they researched the participating alumni and companies. Students visited Stanford University’s VR Lab, ShareThis, Mozilla, Google, Facebook, Apple, and Intel. Personnel from each company offered valuable insights into their workdays, providing students an inside understanding of their companies and industries. Thank you to the alumni who shared their time and those who funded the trip.
















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Poppy McLeod named Kenneth J. Bissett '89 Professor of Communication

Jun 7, 2019

We are overjoyed to announce that Professor and Chair Poppy McLeod has been named Kenneth J. Bissett ’89 Professor of Communication. She is being recognized for her highly regarded scholarship and leadership in the department, college, and university. Please join me in congratulating Poppy on this achievement.

Sahara Byrne promoted to Full Professor

May 17, 2019

Congratulations to Professor Sahara Byrne on her promotion!

Dean Boor's comments on the new home of the Department of Communication during the Official Dedication on April 8, 2016.