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. For Master’s students, three faculty members are required for the official committee; at least two must be members of the Graduate Faculty in Communication. For doctoral students, five faculty members are required for the official committee; three Graduate Faculty in Communication are required, as well as two Graduate Faculty from the student’s external concentration. All members of a student’s official committee must approve the program of study. The official committee must also approve changes to the program of study once it has been submitted. Students may change members of the committee as necessary and appropriate.
Master’s Program Research Options
Research Paper Option. This option requires:
The student must prepare and present a research project. Although the non-thesis project is not as extensive as the thesis, the research paper must evidence critical thinking. The student defends the research paper in an oral examination.
Thesis Option. Students electing the thesis option enroll in CMJ 699 for a maximum of six (6) hours. The student’s official advisory committee must approve a thesis prospectus prior to the student undertaking the research. After the thesis is completed, the student defends the research in an oral examination.
Doctoral Program Research Option
Dissertation. After completing a comprehensive examination, doctoral candidates enroll in CMJ 699 for a maximum of twenty-four (24) hours. The comprehensive exam is a timed essay exam based on questions developed by the committee in consultation with the student. Post-exam, the student’s official advisory committee must approve a dissertation prospectus prior to the student undertaking the research. After the thesis is completed, the student defends the research in an oral examination.
Paul Grosswiler, Ph.D. (Missouri, 1990), Professor. International mass communication, culture and technology, media ecology
Liliana L. Herakova, Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts, 2014), Lecturer. Health communication, food studies, pedagogy, social justice.
Bridie McGreavy, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 2012), Assistant Professor. Environmental communication, argument and critical thinking, communication research, sustainability science.
Laura N. Rickard, Ph.D. (Cornell University, 2012), Assistant Professor. Risk communication, strategic communication, environmental communication, sustainability, policy.
Joshua M. Roiland, Ph.D. (University of Saint Louis, 2011), CLAS-Honors Preceptor of Journalism. Literary journalism, digital media.
Holly E. Schreiber, Ph.D. (Indiana University, 2015), Assistant Professor. Literary journalism, media criticism, poverty studies.
John Sherblom, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 1986), Professor. Organizational communication, computer-mediated communication, complex systems and quantitative research methods.
Michael J. Socolow, Ph.D. (Georgetown University, 2001), Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator. History of mass communication, broadcast journalism, sports broadcasting, propaganda.
Nathan E. Stormer, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota, 1997), Associate Professor and Chair. Rhetorical theory and criticism, medical rhetoric, and visual communication.
Claire F. Sullivan, Ph.D. (University of Washington, 1991), Associate Professor. Interpersonal communication, health communication, and sport communication.