NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Utah, Department of Communication

The graduate program in communication at the University of Utah provides training across the full spectrum of communication studies. Housed in one of the few fully integrated communication departments in the country, its primary mission is the preparation of the academic professional for a calling marked by excellence in scholarship, teaching and service. It also supports professional practice in organizations, conflict resolution, media and technology.

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-15: 40


Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Critical/Cultural Studies
  • Environmental, Science, & Health Communication
  • Interpersonal/Organizational Communication
  • Media & Communication Technology
  • Rhetoric


Neuendorf, et al., 2007

  • #19 of 28 Communication Doctoral Degree Programs

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #67 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #42 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #17 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 35 of 99 Research Areas

Admission Requirements

  • An application for admission to the University of Utah's Graduate School
  • A statement of your personal and professional goals of approximately 800 words
  • A sample of academic writing
  • A short resume or curriculum vita
  • GRE scores
  • Unofficial transcripts of all previous college and university course work
  • The names and email addresses of three people who will write recommendations

Graduate Faculty

  • Professor James Anderson, Ph.D., University of Iowa 
  • Associate Professor Mark Bergstrom, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma 
  • Associate Professor Heather Canary, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Associate Professor Suhi Choi, Ph.D., Temple University
  • Assistant Professor Kevin Coe, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Julia Corbett, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Associate Professor Ann Darling, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Professor Kevin Deluca, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Associate Professor Danielle Endres, Ph.D., University of Washington 
  • Associate Professor Glen Feighery, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Assistant Professor Robert Gehl, Ph.D., George Mason University
  • Professor Marouf Hasian, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Professor Leonard Hawes, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Assistant Professor Avery Holton, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Associate Professor Jakob Jensen, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Robin Jensen, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Professor Kimberly Kaphingst, Sc.D., Harvard School of Public Health
  • Assistant Professor Sean Lawson, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Associate Professor Kimberley Mangun, Ph.D., University of Oregon
  • Assistant Professor Michael Middleton, Ph.D., University of Utah
  • Professor Kent Ono, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Professor Helene Shugart, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Assistant Professor Ye Sun, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 
  • Associate Professor David Vergobbi, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Assistant Professor Sara Yeo, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Diamond Anniversary Book Award, 2006
  • Donald Cushman Memorial Award, 2017
  • Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, 2003, 2015, 2016
  • Wallace Memorial Award, 2015
  • Winans-Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, 2017
Research Specialties : 
Communication & Technology, Health Communication, Interpersonal-Small Group Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies, Organizational Communication, Rhetorical Studies, Risk-Science-Environmental Communication