Elizabeth Graham is the director of the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University. She joined Kent State in July 2016. Previously, she served as a professor for the University of Akron’s School of Communication where she was the school’s director from 2010-2014.
During her tenure as director of the University of Akron’s School of Communication, Graham was responsible for the creation of a social media learning lab, with Knight Foundation funding she created the Converged Media Immersion Program and spearheaded the effort to bring Fox 8 (WJW) Akron News Bureau to the school. Prior to her work at the University of Akron, Graham worked at Ohio University; she held the role of director of undergraduate studies for the School of Interpersonal Communication until 1999, then became the school’s associate director until 2002 when she served as the university ombuds. She has held the positions of professor, associate professor and assistant professor, dating back to 1987.
Her teaching and research interests include: communication in reconstituted families, instructional communication, particularly students’ re-envisioned reading habits and the uses and effects of digital textbooks (e-books and e-readers) and measurement and data analytic issues and trends in communication research. She has published in Communication Monographs, Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports and Communication Teacher. Graham has also co-edited Communication Research Measures Volume I and II: A Sourcebook. Her research has been recognized through top paper awards from the National Communication Association and Central States Communication Association. She serves on the editorial board of several communication journals.
Graham is active with many professional organizations. Currently she is involved with The National Communication Association, The Eastern Communication Association and Central States Communication Association.
Graham earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication from John Carroll University, a Master of Applied Communication Theory and Methodology from Cleveland State University and a Doctor of Philosophy in communication from Kent State University. She was awarded the School of Communication Studies’ Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.