School of Communication Studies

The School of Communication Studies at Kent State invites applications for a director position.

About the Position - The director provides leadership and administration for the school, supports the mission, promotes a respectful environment for students, faculty and staff and represents the school within the college, the university, the community and the profession. The director is responsible for providing guidance in the development of long-range planning, goals and objectives.  

Senior applied communication major Megan Carrasco is currently working on a communication studies-related honors thesis. Her endeavor began as she came across an online article that piqued her interest called “Forbes Top 100 Sites for Millennial Women.” She immediately recognized this to be an appropriate topic for a communication studies thesis. Carrasco then was able to elaborate on possible research questions for the thesis with the help of her advisor, Dr. Suzy D’Enbeau, which they narrowed to “how millennial women are discursively constructed online.”

The School of Communication Studies Colloquium Series will continue on Friday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. in Taylor Hall, room 146, with a presentation by Dr. Cat Goodall, associate professor. The title of Goodall’s research is “Audience and Message Variables Moderating Emotional Reactions to Local News Coverage of Alcohol-Related Crimes, Accidents and Injuries.”

What is more likely to curb an addiction to pornography? Messages centered around religion, health concerns, or relationship dissatisfaction?

FOX 8’s Suzanne Stratford talks with Java Murniadi, a doctoral student in Kent State University’s School of Communication Studies about his research on the most appealing messages used to reduce excessive Internet pornography use.

Murniadi’s study focuses on Christian men in a romantic relationship.

Applied communication student Claudia Hoyser from Fairport, NY has had some interesting opportunities in the past couple of years connecting her passion of the performing arts to her academic and professional life. She said that her communication studies major is to thank for that success. Hoyser has secured an acting role and composed and performed music for a film called “Wildflower.”

Senior applied communication major Jada Hobson has had the opportunity to begin her career early and create INDI, which is a startup media platform for artists. It started in 2013 when she went to South Africa for a student business and charity trip. There she met six entrepreneurs whose goal was to inspire young people to start their own businesses.


As a partner to the School of Communication Studies, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting offers a Student Fellowship which provides the opportunity for students and journalism professionals to obtain a stipend for the purpose of traveling internationally to cover under-reported stories. Its mission is to enable people to share stories from abroad that don’t get enough attention.

The Kent State University School of Communication is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Centennial Award Celebration. The Centennial Award Celebration began in 2010 and has honored three outstanding individuals each year for their success and contribution to the field of communication. This celebration takes place during Kent State University’s Homecoming and honors recipients with a reception and an award acknowledgement.

Hannah Firsdon, a senior public communication major graduating in May, was recently nominated for the 2015 Homecoming court. Nominees for Homecoming court are students who have been sponsored by a campus organization for the honor of representing Kent State University during the Flashes football game against the Miami University Redhawks on Oct. 3.

Amanda Bevington, senior communication studies major, was recently nominated for Homecoming court. Homecoming court members are sponsored by student organizations and are chosen to represent Kent State University during the Flashes football game on Oct. 3 against the Miami University Redhawks.

Bevington has always dreamed of being on Homecoming court. She said that receiving this honor is a demonstration of her Kent State University pride and honors everything that she does with “passion and love” at her beloved university.