NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Memphis, Department of Communication & Film

The Department of Communication & Film at the University of Memphis is dedicated to helping students understand and promote the study of communication. To accomplish this goal, students are given opportunities to study theory, criticism, research methods, and application in a variety of communication areas.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 28


Areas of Study

  • Rhetoric & Media Studies
  • Applied Communication


URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #170 of 300 World Universities


Admission Requirements

  • Completed Graduate School application
  • Non-refundable fee
  • Official transcripts
  • TOEFL test scores (where applicable)

Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professor Antonio de Velasco, Ph.D., Emory University
  • Professor Wendy Atkins-Sayre, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Assistant Professor Kellie Carstensen, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder
  • Professor Joy V. Goldsmith, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Associate Professor David Goodman, M.F.A., University of North Texas
  • Professor Andre E. Johnson, Ph.D., University of Memphis
  • Assistant Professor Marty Lang, M.F.A, California State University, Northridge and University of Florida
  • Professor Marina Levina, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Assistant Professor D. Gray Matthews, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor Christina Moss, Ph.D., Louisana State University
  • Assistant Professor Christine Nyawaga, Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • Assistant Professor Elja Roy, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Assistant Professor David Stephens, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
  • Professor Craig O. Stewart, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
  • Associate Professor Amanda J. Young, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award, 2021
  • Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication, 2020  
  • Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education, 2015