Faculty Research Areas
- Communication and Culture examines human interaction as always grounded in cultural contexts. Cultural dimensions of communication can be approached by the in-depth study of particular contexts, by comparison of different contexts, or by examination of what happens when participants from different backgrounds interact.
- Communication and Health pertains to the multifaceted association between communication and health, including (but not limited to) campaigns to improve health behaviors, individuals and families coping with health issues, communication within and about health organizations and institutions.
- Communication and Organizations examines the varied communication processes that underlie organizing. Organizing occurs in many forms (e.g., coordination of paid and volunteer work, ad hoc organizing among first responders in an emergency, the formation of professional standards).
- Interpersonal Communication examines the processes of human interaction. Interpersonal communication occurs in many contexts (e.g., among coworkers, between friends, within families). It can happen in face-to-face interactions or interactions mediated through communication technologies (e.g., telephones, computers).
- Mediated Communication and Technology concerns how people send and receive messages across time and space. Research in this area examines message flows to large and small audiences, with an emphasis on how technologies of communication influence the formation, transmission, and reception of messages. It also examines the social, political, and organizational forces that act on the creation and use of communication technologies.
- Faculty in this area: Cabral Bigman-Galimore, Elisabeth Bigsby*, Travis Dixon, Cara Finnegan, Pat Gill, Sally Jackson,Robert McChesney, Scott Poole, Brian Quick, Daniel Schiller, Inger Stole, David Tewskbury, Barbara Wilson
- Rhetoric and Public Discourse explores the ways in which people create public communities. It occurs in a variety of social settings and concerns itself with the creation of social truths, the kinds of values and beliefs that are developed by public advocates and used to guide social and political decisions.