In the first semester, a temporary advisor will be appointed. Students work with
this faculty member in developing their plans for the program of study. The
official program must be turned in to the Graduate School after completing 12
hours of course work or prior to the third registration (i.e., during the second
semester of a two-year or four-semester program). During the first year
(semesters one and two) students select their official advisory committee for
either a thesis or non-thesis program. Three faculty are required for the
official committee; at least two must be members of the Graduate Faculty in
Communication. The program of study must be approved by all members of the
student’s official committee. Changes in the program, once it has been
submitted, must also be approved by the official committee. Students may change
members of the committee as necessary and appropriate.
Non-Thesis Option. This option requires the following:
- The student must prepare and present a research paper. Although the
non-thesis project is not as extensive as the thesis, the research paper must
evidence critical thinking.
- An oral examination will be scheduled during the student’s final semester.
The student will be asked to respond orally to (a) selected questions from a
list provided to the student beforehand; (b) questions based on the research
paper; and (c) additional questions over any course work.
Thesis Option. Students electing the thesis option enroll in CMJ 699 for a
maximum of six (6) hours. A thesis prospectus must be approved by the student’s
official advisory committee prior to undertaking the research. After the thesis
is completed, the student defends the research in an oral examinatio
John Sherblom, Ph.D. (Maine, 1986), Professor and Chair.
Organizational communication, communication technologies, research methods.
Sandra Berkowitz, Ph.D. (Minnesota, 1994), Assistant Professor.
Rhetorical criticism, feminist rhetorical criticism, and U.S. Jewish identity.
Lyombe Eko, Ph.D. (Southern Illinois, 1997), Assistant Professor.
Media law and policy, video and visual communication.
Paul Grosswiler, Ph.D. (Missouri, 1990), Associate Professor.
International mass communication, culture and technology, media ecology.
Kristin M. Langellier, Ph.D. (Southern Illinois, 1980), Professor.
Aesthetic communication, women and communication, phenomenological methods.
Shannon Martin, Ph.D. (North Carolina, 1993), Assistant Professor.
Newsroom and government agenda setting, information distribution systems.
Michael McCauley, Ph.D. (Wisconsin, 1997), Assistant Professor.
Electronic journalism, media criticism, public broadcasting.
Kathryn J. Olmstead, M.A. (Wisconsin, 1967), Associate Professor.
Cultural journalism, student journalism.
Eric E. Peterson, Ph.D. (Southern Illinois, 1980), Associate Professor.
Philosophy of communication, mass communication, semiotics, and cultural
Nathan E. Stormer, Ph.D. (Minnesota, 1997), Assistant Professor.
Rhetorical theory and criticism, medical rhetoric.
Claire F. Sullivan, Ph.D. (Washington, 1991), Associate Professor.
Interpersonal communication, health communication.
Natasha Tolstikova, Ph.D. (Illinois, 2001), Assistant Professor.
Advertising and society, advertising and consumer culture.