NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Memphis, Department of Communication

The Department of Communication 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: Higher Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-15: 18


Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Rhetoric & Media Studies
  • Health & Relational Communication


NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #62 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #56 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #47 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 5 of 99 Research Areas

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 David Appleby, M.F.A., Temple University 
  • Associate Professor Antonio de Velasco, Ph.D., Emory University
  • Assistant Professor Patrick Dillon, Ph.D., University of South Florida
  • Assistant Professor Amanda Nell Edgar, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Associate Professor Roxana Gee, M.A., University of Memphis 
  • Assistant Professor Joy V. Goldsmith, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Professor Allison Graham, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Professor Katherine Hendrix, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Assistant Professor Andre Johnson, Ph.D., University of Memphis
  • Associate Professor Craig Leake, M.A., University of Memphis
  • Assistant Professor Marina Levina, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Assistant Professor D. Gray Matthews, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor Sandra Sarkela, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts 
  • Professor  Steven Ross, M.A., New York Univeristy
  • Assistant Professor Craig Stewart, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
  • Associate Professor Amanda Young, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education, 2015   
Research Specialties : 
Health Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies, Rhetorical Studies