College of Communication and Information

College of Communication and Information
314 University Library
Kent Campus
330-672-2950
ccikent@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/cci


Academic Advising Offices

School of Communication Studies
135 Taylor Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2659
comm@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/comm

School of Journalism and Mass Communication
334 Franklin Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-8293
jmc@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/jmc

School of Information
314 University Library
Kent Campus
330-672-2782
slisinfo@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/slis

School of Visual Communication Design
231 Art Building
Kent Campus
330-672-7856
vcd@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/vcd

The disciplines represented within the College of Communication and Information emphasize different aspects of communication and information theory, research, use and practice. Yet, they all focus on the elements and means of creating, managing, using and evaluating messages, and on information components and processes that are central to communication interaction.

The evolution of digital and electronic media has blurred the distinctions and narrowed the traditional differences between and among communication and information disciplines. The College of Communication and Information provides a coherent and unified structure for the cohesive, collaborative and convergent study of human interaction and information design, production, processing, management, exchange and evaluation, while retaining the unique perspectives and content foci of programs within each of the constituent schools.

The college links programs with a pedagogical and research interest in new technology for information and communication uses, distribution and content. In addition, the School of Communication Studies houses the Communication Instructional Resource Lab and the Communication Research Center. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication houses two centers: the Center for Scholastic Journalism and the Media Law Center for Ethics and Access. The School of Information houses the Center for the Study of Librarianship and the Center for the Study of Information and Religion. In partnership with regional, national and international businesses and organizations, the School of Visual Communication Design engages in multidisciplinary research focused on socially responsible design concepts.

Departments and Schools

College of Communication and Information Faculty

    School of Communication Studies Faculty

    • Bacue, Aaron E. (2015), Assistant Professor, M.A., University of Delaware, 1999
    • Beam, Michael A. (2014), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2012
    • Bentley, Laurie S. (1994), Associate Lecturer, M.A., Kent State University, 1996
    • Bihn-Coss, Ginger F. (2014), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 2003
    • Cai, Bei (2002), Associate Professor
    • Child, Jeffrey T. (2007), Associate Professor, Ph.D., North Dakota State University, 2007
    • D'Enbeau, Suzy M. (2013), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Purdue University, 2009
    • Duncan, Rozell R. (1989), Associate Professor, Ph.D., Kent State University, 1996
    • Egbert-Scheibelhoffer, Nichole L. (2000), Professor, Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2000
    • Goodall, Catherine E. (2009), Associate Professor, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2009
    • Graham, Elizabeth E. (2016), Professor and School Director, Ph.D., Kent State University, 1987
    • Haridakis, Paul M. (1996), Professor, Ph.D., Kent State University, 2000
    • Hollenbaugh, Erin E. (2003), Associate Professor, Ph.D., Kent State University, 2008
    • Kim, Jihyun (2014), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012
    • Lin, Mei-Chen (2003), Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2003
    • McCullough, Jennifer L. (2010), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2007
    • Meyer, Janet R. (1998), Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1989
    • Ponder, James D. (2007), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Kent State University, 2012
    • Sharma, Rekha (2000), Assistant Professor, M.A., Kent State University, 2004
    • Trebing, James D. (1990), Associate Professor, Ph.D., Kent State University, 1990
    • Waite, Lisa A. (1991), Senior Lecturer, M.A., University of Akron, 1985

    School of Journalism and Mass Communication Faculty

    • Armour, Luke L. (2012), Assistant Professor, M.A., University of Akron, 2006
    • Bailey, Evan B. (2003), Assistant Professor, M.A., Kent State University, 2009
    • Bowen, Candace P. (1995), Associate Professor, M.A., Northern Illinois University, 1980
    • Coombs, Danielle S. (2007), Associate Professor, Ph.D., Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, 2007
    • Dworznik, Gretchen J. (2015), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Kent State University, 2008
    • Ewing, Michele E. (2002), Associate Professor, M.A., Kent State University, 1989
    • Foster, David A. (2014), Assistant Professor, M.A., Kent State University, 2014
    • Fruit, Jeffrey W. (1998), Professor, M.A., The Ohio State University, 1977
    • Goodman, S. Mark (2008), Professor, J.D., Duke University, 1985
    • Idsvoog, Karl A. (2004), Associate Professor
    • Lambert, Cheryl A. (2016), Assistant Professor
    • Leach, Janet C. (2003), Associate Professor, M.A., Kent State University, 2006
    • Marino, Jacqueline A. (1990), Associate Professor, M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2002
    • McKenney, Mitchell J. (2001), Associate Professor, M.B.A., Kent State University, 2008
    • Moore, Stefanie A. (2001), Associate Professor, M.S., Kent State University, 2007
    • Murray, Gordon J. (1982), Associate Professor, Ph.D., Kent State University, 1998
    • Roberts, Timothy A. (2003), Lecturer, M.A., Kent State University, 2010
    • Schultz, Connie M. (2016), Professional in Residence, B.A., Kent State University, 1979
    • Shelton, Eugene Jr. (2001), Professor, M.A., Kent State University, 2004
    • Sledzik, William E. (1992), Associate Professor, M.S., University of New York at Buffalo, 1992
    • Smeltzer, David F. (2005), Associate Professor, M.F.A., Ohio University, 2007
    • Smith, Stephanie D. (2012), Assistant Professor, M.P.A., Harvard University, 1994
    • Wasbotten, Thor L. (2012), Professor and School Director, M.S., University of Oregon, 1995
    • Williams, Traci E. (1995), Senior Lecturer, L.S.M., Kent State University, 2005
    • York, Chance A. (2014), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, 2014
    • Zake, Susan K. (2007), Assistant Professor, M.A., Kent State University, 2011

    School of Library and Information Science Faculty

    • Boon, Belinda (2006), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin, 2006
    • Gibbons, Leisa (2015), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Monash University, 2010
    • Gracy, Karen (2007), Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, 2001
    • Hajibayova, Lala (2014), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington, 2014
    • Harper, Sarah M. (2001), Associate Professor, Ph.D., Kent State University, 2003
    • Hudak, Christine A. (2012), Professor, Ph.D., Cleveland State University, 1998
    • Khazraee Afzali, Seyed Emad Adin (2015), Assistant Professor
    • Latham, Kiersten F. (2010), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Emporia State University, 2009
    • Lensenmayer, Nancy F. (1983), Lecturer, A.M.L.S., University of Michigan, 1972
    • Martens, Marianne (2012), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2012
    • Matteson, Miriam L. (2012), Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2009
    • Meehan, Rebecca A. (2012), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1997
    • Nichols, Mary A. (1996), Senior Lecturer, M.L.S., Kent State University, 1993
    • Robins, David B. (2004), Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of North Texas, 1998
    • Salaba, Athena (1993), Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
    • Sherman, Paul J. (2013), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin, 1997
    • Smith, Catherine L. (2010), Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2010
    • Zeng, Marcia L. (1992), Professor, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1992
    • Zhang, Yin (1999), Professor, Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago, 1999

    School of Visual Communication Design Faculty

    • Barness, Jessica S. (2012), Assistant Professor, M.F.A., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2012
    • Bell, Timothy (2015), Assistant Professor, M.Arch., Columbia University, 2012
    • Coorey, Jillian S. (2010), Assistant Professor, M.F.A., University of Illinois-Chicago, 2010
    • Darling, Christopher C. (2014), Assistant Professor, M.F.A., School of Visual Arts, 2010
    • Goldsmith, Douglas (1988), Assistant Professor, M.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University, 1988
    • Inderhees, Joan E. (1982), Associate Lecturer, M.A., Kent State University, 1986
    • Katila, Sanda S. (1990), Associate Professor, M.F.A., Kent State University, 1993
    • Kennedy, Jaime D. (2007), Associate Professor, M.F.A., The Ohio State University, 2006
    • King, Larrie L. (2012), Assistant Professor, M.F.A., Kent State University, 2014
    • Middleton, David A. (1998), Professor, M.A., Kent State University, 1985
    • Mooney, Aoife (2013), Assistant Professor, M.F.A., University of Reading, 2010
    • O'Grady, Kenneth J. (1997), Professor, M.F.A., Kent State University, 2000
    • Peters, Daphne F. (2014), Assistant Professor, B.Arch., Carnegie Mellon University, 2002
    • Ransom, Christopher T. (1996), Associate Professor, M.F.A., University of Delaware, 1993
    • Renicker, Valora (1994), Associate Professor, M.F.A., Kent State University, 2001
    • Rinnert, Gretchen C. (2008), Associate Professor, M.F.A., North Carolina State University-Raleigh, 2008
    • Roll, David (2015), Assistant Professor, M.A., Kent State University, 2007