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
  • Health & Relational Communication


URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #170 of 300 World Universities


Admission Requirements

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

Graduate Faculty

  • Professor Emeritus David L. Appleby, M.F.A., Temple University 
  • Associate Professor Antonio de Velasco, Ph.D., Emory University
  • Professor Wendy Atkins-Sayre, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Associate Professor Amanda Nell Edgar, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Associate Professor Roxana L. Gee, M.A., University of Memphis 
  • Associate Professor Joy V. Goldsmith, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Assistant Professor David Goodman, M.F.A., University of North Texas
  • Professor M. Allison Graham, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Professor Katherine G. Hendrix, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Associate Professor Andre E. Johnson, Ph.D., University of Memphis
  • Assistant Professor Marty Lang, M.F.A, California State University,
    Northridge and University of Florida
  • Associate Professor Marina Levina, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Assistant Professor D. Gray Matthews, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Assistant Professor Christina Moss, Ph.D., Louisana State University
  • Professor Emeritus Steven J. Ross, M.A., New York Univeristy
  • Assistant Professor Elja Roy, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Assistant Professor David Stephens, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
  • Associate 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