School of Communication Studies

The School of Communication Studies at Kent State invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position with a focus on organizational communication.

Alumni Spotlight


Kimberly Field-Springer

Graduation year(s): 2003

Current job title: Assistant Professor

Current place of employment: Berry College

Positions held since graduation:

Teaching Assistant, The University of Akron (2003-2005) where I obtained my MA in 2005

Student Spotlight


image of allison woodAllison Wood

Major/Concentration: Communication Studies - Health Communication

Minor(s): Public Relations & Healthcare Systems Management

Expected Graduation Year: May 2017

Hometown: Hinckley, OH

What interested you in communication studies?

What do you think it would be like to intern for the 2016 NBA national championship team, the Cleveland Cavaliers? Recent Kent State University and School of Communication Studies alumna, Katrina Hall can tell you all about it! Hall has spent the past two years interning with the Sales and Services Crew for the Cavaliers and has enjoyed every winning moment.

Daniel Socha, a global communication studies graduate student, has been selected as Kent State University’s student fellow from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Socha was one of only a small group of students nationwide to receive a fellowship for an international reporting project for the opportunity to travel abroad to cover under-reported stories. 

How do you mourn the loss of a loved one? Do you take your feelings to social media? Journalists from all over the country did when two of their own were killed in an on-air shooting in Roanoke, Virginia. School of Communication Studies assistant professor, Rekha Sharma, and School of Journalism and Mass Communication assistant professor, Gretchen Dworznik, worked to examine the conversation on Twitter as journalists remembered and honored the two WDBJ television reporters who lost their lives during a live broadcast in August 2015.

Four Kent State University School of Communication Studies graduate students will participate in the 31st annual Kent State Graduate Student Symposium Friday, April 21 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Kent State Student Center. 

This event is the largest annual research event on campus, with last year’s event showcasing nearly 300 individual presentations. The oral and poster presentations feature graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines. 

The communication studies graduate students presenting, their topics and presentation times are as follows:

The Kent State University School of Communication Studies hosted its annual Hyde Park Forum on April 12, 2016, in the Kent Student Center Ballroom of the Kent State Campus. The forum is an opportunity for students enrolled in the Introduction to Human Communication class to engage in persuasive public discourse for an audience of peers, family and faculty. 

The School of Communication Studies hosted its annual Graduate Student Recognition Reception on April 8 at the Patton House in Kent. The accomplishments of the graduate students were recognized with a presentation of awards for scholarship, teaching and achievement.

“This event is an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our graduate students,” Jeff Child, interim director, said. “These students contribute so much to the school so we enjoy recognizing all of their hard work.”

The Intercultural Communication Society, a student organization within the School of Communication Studies, is hosting a Poetry Slam on Friday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wick Poetry Center.  Any student, staff or faculty member is welcome to attend and represent his or her culture in the form of poetry, music, dance or food. Individuals interested in sharing their culture at the event should contact Yaling Sun at before Saturday, April 16.