NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Pennsylvania State University, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences

The Department of Communication Arts & Sciences graduate program at Penn State focuses on theories of and research about communication and rhetoric, with particular attention to political deliberation, health communication, interpersonal communication, public address and the rhetoric of public culture, and how communication influences individual development, family dynamics, and social interaction. The department also maintains strong relationships to graduate programs in Sociology, English, History, Women's Studies, Philosophy, and the related fields of Media Studies, Journalism, and Public Relations.

Association of American Universities Member

 

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"

 

Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-16: 104

 

Concentrations/Research Emphases 

  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal and Family Communication
  • Political Communication and Deliberation
  • Public Address
  • Rhetorical Theory & Criticism
  • Social Influence

Rankings

Neuendorf, et al., 2007  

  • #12 of 28 Communication Doctoral Degree Programs

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs 

  • #12 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #25 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012 

  • #7 of 60 programs by Number of Citations

CIOS 

  • Top Ten Research Program in 51 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies 

  • #36 of 200 World Universities

Admission Requirements 

  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • Writing Sample.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • Two (2) official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended. International applicants must submit official or attested university records, with certified translations if the records are not in English. Notarized copies are not sufficient.
  • Official scores from a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last three years.
  • Official scores from a recent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination (International Students Only).

Graduate Faculty 

  • Professor Stephen H. Browne, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 
  • Assistant Professor Anne Demo, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor James P. Dillard, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Associate Professor Rosa A. Eberly, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor Jeremy Engels, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor John Gastil, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Michele Kennerly, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • Assistant Professor Abraham Khan, Ph.D., Florida State University
  • Associate Professor Erina MacGeorge, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Jon F. Nussbaum, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Associate Professor Lijiang Shen, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Professor Rachel A. Smith, Ph.D., Michigan State University 
  • Professor Denise Haunani Solomon, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Professor Mary E. Stuckey, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  • Assistant Professor Pamela VanHaitsma, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • Associate Professor Bradford Vivian, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor Kirt H. Wilson, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Assistant Professor Timothy Worley, Ph.D., University of Georgia

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present 

  • Diamond Anniversary Book Award, 2000
  • Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, 2008
  • Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship, 2001
  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2010, 2015
  • Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, 2002
  • Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, 2003
  • Wallace Memorial Award, 2002, 2011
Research Specialties : 
Health Communication, Interpersonal-Small Group Communication, Persuasion-Social Influence, Political Communication, Rhetorical Studies