Chad is currently on the ballot for the position of 2nd Vice President for the Central States Communication Association. In addition to his conference planning and administrative experience in OSCLG and as Department Chair, Chad has served as division planner for the Interpersonal & Small Group Communication Interest Group at CSCA, serves on the Finance Committee, has served on (and will chair) the Federation Prize committee, and has published in the CSCA journal, Communication Studies. He has attended CSCA consistently since 2001 and considers this his home regional association. He is honored to be on the ballot so that he can continue to give back to the organization.
Dr. Erika Kirby recently received the Charles Woolbert Research Award from the National Communication Association for her article, “The Policy Exists But You Can’t Really Use It: Communication and the Structuration of Work-Family Policies,” originally published in 2002 with co-author Kathleen Krone (UNL) in the Journal of Applied Research. This award is the top research honor in the discipline of Communication Studies and awards research that has stood the test of time and has made a significant contribution to the discipline. In the 35 years that the award has been given, this is only the third time that an Organizational Communication scholar has received the award. Dr. Kirby was honored in November 2015 at the NCA conference in Las Vegas, NV.
The Department of Communication Studies is a vibrant program focused on teaching, service, and scholarship. Communication courses provide a strong foundation for your education while introducing communication theory, practicing communication principals, investigating how we interact with others, analyzing how we behave when joining an organization, studying how spirituality influences communication, and considering how popular culture impacts our daily lives.
Dr. Amanda Holman spent years studying the most effective way to communicate with teens about sex, based on the adolescent perspective. Now she's teamed up with a group of high-school students, to share her findings with the public.
Communication Studies Mission & Values
The Department of Communication Studies prepares students to be intellectually curious, go into the world informed by Jesuit values, and contribute meaningfully to their communities and professions. Within our program, students will analyze, craft, and evaluate communication messages and understand communication as a set of everyday practices that are mindful, purposeful, and strategic. Students learn to ask good questions and find the answers about meaningful problems in our society, our workplaces and our personal lives. In our major capstone sequence, all students conduct a senior research project, complete an internship and reflect on the role of communication in their work, and connect communication with Jesuit values of service and justice. Our program offers flexibility in terms of choices of projects, service, and work experiences, giving students a chance to pursue a wide variety of occupations or graduate programs pursuant to their particular talents, callings, and interests. Our graduates are able to embrace and act on complex problems in groups, organizations, relationships, and cultures.