NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Kentucky, College of Communication & Information

The Ph.D. program in the College of Communication & Information at the University of Kentucky emphasizes communication as a social science. Graduates are prepared for university positions and careers in government, the media and other organizations as researchers, consultants and policy makers. Students must demonstrate general knowledge of communication theory and research methods, as well as competence in a core area of specialization. Current core areas include health communication, information studies, instructional communication, media and mass communication, and risk and crisis communication.

The University of Kentucky is a Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity." From 2010-2014, the University of Kentucky conferred 38 doctorates in Communication.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"

 

Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-15: 48

 

Concentrations/Research Emphases    

  • Health Communication
  • Information Studies
  • Instructional Communication
  • Media & Mass Communication
  • Risk & Crisis Communication

Rankings

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #14 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #33 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #15 of 60 programs by Number of Citations

CIOS

  • Top Ten Research Program in 24 of 99 Research Areas

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the Graduate Program in Communication is highly competitive.  The number of applicants is far greater than the number of available spaces. Each year, our Admissions Committee is faced with the challenge of selecting the best from a pool of highly qualified applicants.  We take into account all elements of the application, however students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher from their undergraduate and graduate institution in order to be considered for admission. Please note that we only review applications that are completed by the deadline.  Due to the competitive nature of our program, we strongly advise that you complete your application materials well before the deadline.

Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professor Melissa Adler, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 
  •  Professor Chike Anyaegbunam, Ph.D., University of Iowa 
  • Assistant Professor Tae Hyun Baek, Ph.D., University of Georgia 
  • Professor Beth Barnes, Ph.D., Northwestern University 
  • Professor Douglas Boyd, Ph.D., University of Minnesota 
  • Assistant Professor Sean Burns, Ph.D., University of Missouri 
  • Assistant Professor Maria Cahill, Ph.D., University of Texas Knoxville 
  • Assistant Professor Namjoo Choi, Ph.D., University of Albany, SUNY 
  • Associate Professor Deborah Chung, Ph.D., Indiana University 
  • Associate Professor Elisia Cohen, Ph.D., University of Southern California 
  • Professor Alan DeSantis, Ph.D., Indiana University 
  • Assistant Professor Marko Dragojevic, Ph.D, University of California, Santa Barbara 
  • Associate Professor Brandi Frisby, Ph.D., West Virginia University 
  • Assistant Professor Amy Gaffney, Ph.D., North Carolina State University 
  • Assistant Professor Allison Scott Gordon, Ph.D., University of Illinois 
  • Assistant Professor Adriane Grumbein, Ph.D., University of Florida 
  • Professor Nancy Harrington, Ph.D., University of Kentucky 
  • Associate Professor Donald Helme, Ph.D., University of Kentucky 
  • Associate Professor James Hertog, Ph.D., University of Minnesota 
  • Professor Jeffrey Huber, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh 
  • Assistant Professor Kyra Hunting, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 
  • Associate Professor Phillip Hutchison, Ph.D., University of Utah 
  • Associate Professor Bobi Ivanov, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma 
  • Professor J. David Johnson, Ph.D., Michigan State University 
  • Assistant Professor Soohyung Joo, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 
  • Associate Professor Sujin Kim, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh 
  • Associate Professor Yung Soo Kim, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University 
  • Assistant Professor Youngseek Kim, Ph.D., Syracuse University 
  • Professor Richard Lubunski, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara 
  • Associate Professor Derek Lane, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma 
  • Assistant Professor Anthony Limperos, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University 
  • Professor Thomas Lindlof, Ph.D., University of Texas 
  • Assistant Professor David Nemer, Ph.D, Indiana University 
  • Professor H. Dan O’Hair, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma 
  • Assistant Professor Shannon Oltmann, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Associate Professor Kimberly Parker, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma 
  • Assistant Professor Andrew Pilny, Ph.D., University of Illinois 
  • Associate Professor Kevin Real, Ph.D., Texas A&M University 
  • Assistant Professor Matthew Savage, Ph.D., Arizona State University 
  • Assistant Professor Jennifer Scarduzio, Ph.D., Arizona State University 
  • Associate Professor Seungahn Nah, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 
  • Professor Nancy Schoenberg, Ph.D., University of Florida 
  • Associate Professor Patric Spence, Ph.D., Wayne State University 
  • Associate Professor Mark Stuhlfaut, Ph.D., Michigan State University 
  • Assistant Professor Jeannette Sutton, Ph.D., University of Colorado 
  • Associate Professor Zixue Tai, Ph.D., University of Minnesota 
  • Assistant Professor Michail Tsikerdekis, Ph.D., Masaryk University 
  • Associate Professor Shari Veil, Ph.D., North Dakota State University 
  • Associate Professor Chan Yun Yoo, Ph.D., University of Texas 
  • Associate Professor Sherali Zeadally, Ph.D., University of Buckingham 
Research Specialties : 
Health Communication, Interpersonal-Small Group Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies, Risk-Science-Environmental Communication