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: High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 107


Areas of Study

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




Admission Requirements 

  • Online Graduate Application
  • Thre letters of recommendations
  • Statement of Purpose
  • CV
  • GRE Scores
  • Official Transcripts from each college and university attended
  • Optional Writing Sample
  • TOEFL Score for International Students
  • Application Fee

Graduate Faculty 

  • Professor Randall Auxier, Ph.D., Emory University
  • Professor Nilanjana R. Bardhan, Ph.D., Ohio University
  • 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
  • Associate 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