NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Denver, Department of Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Denver is committed to high quality human relationships and to exploring the communicative conditions for ethics and justice in human sociality. They are a teaching department that places high priority on making their own contributions to new knowledge about communication, and their scholarship variously follows both social scientific and humanistic approaches. They refuse to privilege one research method over another.


Carnegie "Doctoral University: High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 21


Concentrations/Research Emphases 

  • Culture & Communication
  • Interpersonal & Family Communication
  • Rhetoric & Communication Ethics


Allen, et al., 2012  

  • #59 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 9 of 99 Research Areas

Admission Requirements 

  • Online Application
  • Transcripts
  • Test Scores (GRE)
  • Essay/Personal Statement
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Copy of Passport/Financial Verification (for international applicants)

Graduate Faculty 

  • Professor Bernadette Marie Calafell, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Assistant Professor Santhosh Chandrashekar, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
  • Associate Professor Christina R. Foust, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Associate Professor Joshua Hanan, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Professor Darrin Hicks, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University 
  • Associate Professor Mary Claire Morr Serewicz, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Associate Professor Elizabeth A. Suter, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Assistant Professor Armond Towns, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Associate Professor Erin K. Willer, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
  • Associate Professor Kate Willink, Ph.D., University of North Carolina

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation & Performance Studies, 2009
Research Specialties : 
Intercultural-International Communication, Interpersonal-Small Group Communication, Rhetorical Studies