The study of communication examines how language is used to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, and media. The mission of the Department of Communication is to provide students with education in the theory, history, ethics and practice of communication and to prepare them for careers and leadership in a wide variety of professions.


Communication Courses

NameRankDegreeSchoolGraduate FacultyEmeritus Faculty
Michael R. Allen Professor, Chair PhD Michigan State University Yes No
Nancy Burrell Professor PhD Michigan State University No Yes
Kathryn A. Dindia Professor PhD No Yes
Leslie Harris Associate Professor PhD Northwestern University Yes No
John R. Johnson Professor PhD No Yes
John Jordan Associate Professor PhD University of Georgia Yes No
Sang-Yeon Kim Assistant Professor PhD Michigan State University Yes No
Tae-Seop Lim Professor PhD Michigan State University Yes No
Edward A. Mabry Associate Professor PhD No Yes
Kathryn M. Olson Professor PhD Northwestern University Yes No
Sarah Riforgiate Associate Professor PhD Arizona State University Yes No
Erin Ruppel Assistant Professor PhD University of Arizona Yes No
Erin Sahlstein Parcell Associate Professor PhD University of Iowa Yes No
Sara Vanderhaagen Assistant Professor PhD Northwestern University Yes No