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PhD Student and Faculty Research

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PhD Student Research

As a doctoral student, you will have multiple research opportunities in the College of Communication and Information.  Our faculty members have strong national and international reputations as researchers. They publish in leading disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals.  Faculty enjoy working with doctoral students and you can expect to become involved in faculty research as you develop your own research stream.  Also, frequently, students are funded to work on research projects.

You will have the opportunity to present your own research and to learn about research from others associated with the college as faculty, students, and alumni present their research at the weekly CCI 620 Research Colloquium Series held each spring semester.  In addition, CCI sponsors a research symposium every spring that serves as a venue for students and faculty to present developing and previously presented research.  You can also expect to receive some funding for travel to present your work because CCI and UT contribute funds to support graduate student travel to present research at academic conferences.

CCI possesses state-of-the-art research facilities including the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center, the Message Effects Laboratory, and the User Experience Laboratory, which are available for doctoral student research.  

CCI faculty conduct research in variety of contexts using a sophisticated range of methodologies and theories.  Several interdisciplinary research themes that represent the nature of the research conducted in the college include:

  • Conflict/Crisis/Risk
  • Design/Technology
  • Diversity/Multicultural/International
  • Education/Instruction/Scholarship
  • History
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Law/Policy/Ethics
  • Methods:  Research/Quantitative/Qualitative 
  • Organizational/Group/Team Communication
  • Science/Health Communication
  • Social Influence/Persuasion/Public Opinion/Politics
  • Social Media/ Mediated Communication
  • Youth/Multigenerational

CCI has established a Research Database that you can use to peruse research papers by CCI faculty and student. 

Faculty Research and Advising

In addition to inviting students to work with them to conduct research, faculty members are active in every phase of the graduate program.  You can expect to develop satisfying and long-term professional relationships with many CCI faculty members.  They are engaged with graduate students from admission to graduation.  One important relationship involves your dissertation/academic advisor who will guide you as you launch your academic career.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from as many faculty members from across the college as you wish.  We understand the complexity of an interdisciplinary approach and we have a strong desire for you to achieve success.