NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

West Virginia University, Department of Communication Studies

At the graduate level, the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University offers the M.A. and the Ph.D. degrees in Communication Studies. The graduate faculty in the Department of Communication Studies is well-known, at the regional, national, and international level, for accomplishments in research, teaching, and service. The Ph.D. program in Communication Studies is intended to qualify the student to teach and conduct research in instructional communication, interpersonal communication, or organizational communication at the University level, along with other research emphases.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 22


Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Instructional Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Communication


NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • Not Ranked

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #38 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 29 of 99 Research Areas

Admission Requirements

  • Not Indicated

Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professor Jamie Banks, Ph.D., Colorado State University
  • Associate Professor Nick Bowman, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Assistant Professor Elizabeth Cohen, Ph.D., Georgia State University 
  • Associate Professor Megan Dillow, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Assistant Professor Tiffany A. Dykstra-DeVette, Ph.D., University of Utah
  • Associate Professor Alan Goodboy, Ph.D., West Virginia University
  • Professor Joan Gorham, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
  • Professor Matthew Martin, Ph.D., Kent State University
  • Professor Scott A. Myers, Ph.D., Kent State University
  • Associate Professor Brian Patterson, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Associate Professor Christine Rittenour, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
  • Assistant Professor Liesel Sharabi, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor John Shibley, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Research Specialties : 
Interpersonal-Small Group Communication