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Associate Professor of Interpersonal and Family Communication, Dr. Colleen Colaner, has been selected as the Department of Communications’ new Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Colaner is excited about her new role. She explained, "Graduate education has always been central to my work, and I look forward to working with each of the graduate...
Dr. Lissa Behm-Morawitz, Associate Professor of Mediated Communication has been appointed Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs in the University of Missouri’s Office of Graduate Studies. In this senior leadership position, Dr. Behm-Morawitz will help lead graduate education and postdoctoral training across...
Lambda Pi Eta’s 9th Annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction Comm Week 2017 Keynote Address “The Inside Scoop: Taking Risks in Finding Your Path to Success” Carissa Culiner (BA, ’08) Comm Week 2017 Awards Ceremony Speak Up! A Public Speaking Showcase...
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. I nonetheless plunged in and did the best I could. I remember struggling with the Introduction to Graduate School course (nicknamed “Blood,...
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.
Dear Mizzou Comm Alums, As you know, we’ve had quite a momentous year at MU and particularly within the Department of Communication. Despite the many challenges that we’ve faced, I’m pleased to report that on so many fronts, we’re making great progress and continuing to build an outstanding department. In fact, our number of undergraduate...
Speak Up! Public Speaking Showcase Lambda Pi Eta’s 8th Annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction Comm Week 2016 Keynote Address “Finding Your Voice in the Quest For Success” Howard Richards (BA, ’88) Celebration of Undergraduate Communication Research...
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. This summer’s two week institute was led...
In Fall of 2014, Department of Communication assistant professors Colleen Colaner and Haley Horstman co-founded the Institute of Family Diversity and Communication (IFDC). Through their research on family communication, Colaner and Horstman came to understand that society is rapidly changing in ways that affect family relationships. Families are...
Dr. Mitchell McKinney and Dr. Ben Warner received national attention from Vox.com 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 event brings together promising doctoral students and distinguished faculty members from around the nation to discuss current issues in the field of...
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.  They offered three degrees:  Bachelor of Arts, the Master of Arts, and the...
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 session highlighting outstanding scholarship produced by students in the Department of Communication...
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. Professor Mitchell McKinney, chair of the Department of Communication, highlighted Houston’s...
By KAITLYNN MARTIN, Columbia Missourian COLUMBIA — With a gentle spin of a finger, Colleen Colaner shaped a tight, black curl on top of her daughter's head. Camille Colaner, 11 months old, let out a playful squeal and reached for her mother. "Her hair has been a big thing," said Colleen Colaner, a professor of interpersonal communication...
"One of our nation's leading scholars of presidential debates, McKinney is a former advisor to the U.S. Commission on Presidential Debates, where his work was instrumental in developing the presidential town hall debate and other innovations in the structure and practice of televised presidential debates in the United States." 
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. Dr. Reid, who had a 35-year career as an MU speech professor, died Dec. 25, 2014.. He was 109. “I think you could say that he helped to put...
After 35 years of teaching at MU, Porter has done the one thing that allows him to have time for all those extra-curricular activities he loves so much. He up and retired this past June.
Simple principles guide Switzler and Tate renovations Since becoming associate vice chancellor for facilities in 2005, Gary Ward has directed a number of major construction projects at MU, from the $52.5 million Missouri Orthopaedic Institute to a massive upgrade of campus underground steam tunnels.
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. During the Vietnam War, soldier’s families waited months to receive communication from soldiers on the front line. Now cell phones and the Internet...

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