The Media & Diversity Center, co-directed by Dr. Elizabeth (Lissa) Behm-Morawitz and Dr. Julius Riles, is successfully launched to enhance the diversity of portrayals in the media.

As a 22-year-old doctoral student, I remember being quite intimidated by my older, wiser, and more-experienced fellow students during my first semester of doctoral work at Mizzou in fall 1973. I was scared.

New Communication faculty member studies how the media we use influences our attitudes toward others.

Dr. Mitchell McKinney, Director of MU’s Political Communication Institute, is one of the nation’s most respected authorities on presidential debates.

Click to read a letter from Professor McKinney about the events of the past several months

Speak Up! Public Speaking Showcase


The Disaster and Community Crisis Center, co-directed by Dr. Brian Houston, is developing tools for educators helping children involved in natural disasters.

Research by Dr. Haley Horstman and her colleagues shows that the stories adoptive parents tell their adopted children help to shape who they are and how they fit into the family unit.

Statement by Melissa Click, Assistant Professor of the Department of Communication, Regarding Carnahan Quad Protests

Statement by Mitchell S. McKinney, Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication, Regarding Carnahan Quad Protests

Over the past 75 years, 17 different men and women have served as Chair of the Department of Communication.  From Dr. Wilbur Gilman in 1940 to Dr. Mitchell McKinney today, see the people who have had an important impact on the department's legacy.

In July, the Department of Communication collaborated with the Asian Affairs Center and Office of the Provost and International Programs to host its third Summer Institute on Communication and Culture for eighteen students and one faculty member visiting from Shanghai Normal University in Shanghai, China.

In Fall of 2014, Department of Communication assistant professors Colleen Colaner and Haley Horstman co-founded the Institute of Family Diversity and Communication (IFDC).

Dr. Mitchell McKinney and Dr. Ben Warner received national attention from for their presidential campaign debate research.

Freshman Communication major Razia Hutchins has made it her mission to end violence.

In May, MU's College of Arts and Science hired Department of Communication alum Howard Richards as senior manager of external relations in the Greater St. Louis area.

The nation’s top doctoral students and faculty in communication gathered at the University of Missouri July 16 – 19th for the annual National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar.

The department of Communication has a long and rich history with the University of Missouri dating back to 1940.  At that time, three faculty members of the English Department broke away to form a new program:  the Department of Speech and Dramatic Art.

The Department of Communication celebrated 75 years of communication during Comm Week 2015, April 20-24th!  Events included a public speaking competition, Lambda Pi Eta’s 7th annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction, and an undergraduate poster

Loren Reid, Professor Emeritus of Speech, influenced 9,000 MU student lives.

J. Brian Houston, assistant professor of communication, received a 2014 Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award, which is presented to junior faculty members who demonstrate superior research and creative activity.

"One of our nation's leading scholars of presidential debates, McKinney is a former advisor to the U.S.

By KEVIN ALLEN, Columbia Missourian

For a man who lived through the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, the Cuban missile crisis and everything since, not much scared him, his son Tony Reid said.

Simple principles guide Switzler and Tate renovations

The brevity of texting and Twitter can send wrong message to loved ones, according to J. Brian Houston, co-director of MU’s Terrorism and Disaster Center (TDC) and assistant professor of communication.

Dr. Astrid Villamil is one of three faculty to receive Faculty Achievement Award in Diversity.

Dr. Brian Houston is using a $2.4 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to explore ways to help disaster victims. He said his staff will focus on long-term emotional repercussions on victims of natural disasters and violent rampages.

Dr Lissa Behm-Morawitz’s research on Avatar identification indicates that this could help some lose weight or become less prejudiced. This study is based on research including users of Avatars of “second life” an online virtual reality community.