NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Ohio University, Department of Communication Studies

The mission of the doctoral program in communication studies at Ohio University is simple: Through their research, teaching, and service, scholars from this program seek to improve, entertain, and enlighten the world around them. They feel strongly that their scholarly efforts are directly tied to the academic community that they are able to build. Consequently, they are continually searching for students and faculty who are passionate about their work as scholars.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-15: 101


Concentrations/Research Emphases  

  • Relating & Organizing
  • Health Communication
  • Rhetoric & Public Culture


Neuendorf, et al., 2007  

  • #16 of 28 Communication Doctoral Degree Programs

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs   

  • #53 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #21 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012   

  • #22 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 36 of 99 Research Areas

Admission Requirements  

  • To be admitted unconditionally, you must have received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree or completed equivalent work (as approved by the University) at an accredited institution. You must present for evaluation by the graduate committee evidence of your scholarly writing ability. Additional evidence of your ability to pursue study at the doctoral level is required, as documented from previous personal, professional, and academic experi­ences.

Graduate Faculty  

  • Professor Roger Aden, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
  • Professor Austin Babrow, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Benjamin Bates, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Professor Christina Beck, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Professor Bill Benoit, Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • Associate Professor Laura Black, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Associate Professor Michael Butterworth, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Assistant Professor Amy Chadwick, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor Devika Chawla, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Professor Lynn Harter, Ph.D., University of Nebraska 
  • Assistant Professor Angela Hosek, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
  • Professor Judith Yaross Lee, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Associate Professor Jerry Miller, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma 
  • Assistant Professor Brittany Peterson, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Professor Bill Rawlins, Ph.D., Temple University
  • Associate Professor J.W. Smith, Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • Assistant Professor Charee Thompson, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Assistant Professor Stephanie (Robbins) Tikkanen, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Professor Scott Titsworth, Ph.D., University of Nebraska

NCA Awards for Faculty and Students, 2000-present  

  • Woolbert Research Award, 2001, 2003
  • Cushman Memorial Award, 2011, 2016
  • Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, 2006
Research Specialties : 
Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Rhetorical Studies