McMicken College of Arts & SciencesMcMicken College of Arts & SciencesUniversity of Cincinnati

McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Communication

Department of Communication

The Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati promotes knowledge of human communication through research, teaching, and service. We are located in an urban center within a large research university, which provides a dynamic context for connecting theory and practice.

Our award-winning faculty members share a distinctive focus on contemporary social problems. Research centers on understanding issues of voice, identity, public participation, and advocacy/leadership across communication domains including interpersonal, political, organizational, rhetorical, environmental, health, and mediated communication.

Our department promotes excellence in teaching and emphasizes experiential learning and community engagement for students through team-based projects, internships and residencies, service learning and collaboration with community organizations. We offer a nationally-certified public relations program and represent a model community engagement department. Our Master's Degree in Communication provides small cohorts with the focused attention of excellent faculty in preparing for doctoral studies or professional careers.


  • John Lynch's research contributed to the creation of Genome Testing: Expectations and Results video made in collaboration with Human Genetics division of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Genetic Counseling program.

  • Ronald Jackson was elected Second Vice President of the National Communication Association in March 2015.

  • John Lynch received a University of Cincinnati Third Century Research Fellowship for a research leave in fall 2016 to work on the project “When Medicine Went Wrong: Public Memory of the Events that Shaped Bioethics.”

  • Heather Zoller received a grant from Villanova University’s Waterhouse Family Institute for her project “Innovation in Worker Participation: Communication for Healthy and Sustainable Food and Work.”


  • Haas, S. M., & Whitton, S. (2015). The significance of living together and importance of marriage in same-sex couples.  Journal of Homosexuality, 62(9), 1241-1263.

  • Jenkins, E.S. “The Affections of the American Pickers: Commodity Fetishism in Control Society.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 12(4), 347-366.

  • Putnam, L.L. & Fairhurst, G.T. (2015). Organizations as Discursive Constructions: 10 years later. Communication Theory, 4, 375-392.

  • Sastry, S. (2016) Long-distance truck drivers and the structural context of health: A culture-centered investigation of Indian truckers' health narratives. Health Communication 31, 230-241. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2014.947466


  • Communication Internship Fair: Oct 3, 2016