NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Southern Illinois University, Department of Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University offers both master's and doctoral degrees. Faculty and graduate students give an average of more than 175 presentations each year at professional conferences. The department sponsors a professional seminar series, teacher training workshops, and extensive production opportunities in our performance laboratory, the Marion Kleinau Theatre. The Department cooperates closely with the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SIUC, which offers an 18-hour graduate program certificate. In addition, we have an active mentoring program for first-year graduate teaching assistants and many other formal and informal projects and programs.


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 89


Concentrations/Research Emphases 

  • Gender, Sexuality, & Relational Communication
  • Intercultural Communication and Pedagogy
  • Performance Studies
  • Rhetoric & Society


NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs   

  • #81 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #56 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012 

  • #52 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 3 of 99 Research Areas

Admission Requirements 

  • None Identified

Graduate Faculty 

  • Professor Randall Auxier, Ph.D., Emory University
  • Professor Nilanjana R. Bardhan, Ph.D., Ohio University
  • Associate Professor Bryan Crow, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Associate Professor Suzanne Daughton, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Assistant Professor Craig Engstrom, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
  • Professor Craig Gingrich-Philbrook, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
  • Associate Professor Jonathan M. Gray, Ph.D., Louisiana State University
  • Assistant Professor Sandra Pensoneau-Conway, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
  • Professor Nathan P. Stucky, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Satoshi Toyosaki, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
  • Assistant Professor Rebecca Walker, Ph.D., Louisiana State University

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present 

  • Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation & Performance Studies, 2000
Research Specialties : 
Gender Communication, Intercultural-International Communication, Interpersonal-Small Group Communication, Performance Studies, Rhetorical Studies