NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Nebraska, Department of Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska is nationally recognized as a leader in research and teaching in Communication Studies, and they extend this tradition of excellence to a new generation of scholar-teachers through graduate education. The community is a collaborative one where graduate students develop strong working relationships with their primary advisor, other faculty, and fellow graduate students as they progress through the program. 

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 51


Areas of Study

  • Interpersonal, Family, & Health Communication
  • Rhetoric & Public Culture


URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #167 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Not specified

Graduate Faculty

  • Professor Dawn O. Braithwaite, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Associate Professor Kristin Hoerl, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Professor Jody Koenig Kellas, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Professor Casey Ryan Kelly, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Professor Kathy Krone, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Professor Emeritus Ronald Lee, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Assistant Professor Angela Palmer-Wackerly, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • Professor Emeritus William Seiler, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Professor Jordan Soliz, Ph.D., University of Kansas

NCA Awards to Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Bacon Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award, 2015
  • Becker Distinguished Service Award, 2017
  • Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Family Communication, 2006
  • Kibler Memorial Award, 2016
  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2017, 2018
  • Woolbert Research Award, 2015
  • Wallace Memorial Award, 2018