Recognizing Our Amazing Students

Dissertations and Proposals, 1961 to 2014

Completed dissertations, 1961 - 2014
Completed dissertations online (2007 - present)
Approved proposals (dissertations in progress)
Approved preliminary proposals (discontinued: 11/2013)


Annual Bibliographies of Student Accomplishments

We tracked research activities of our doctoral students during the past academic year (April 1, 2013 - April 1, 2014). The impressive list of doctoral student accomplishments includes 106 publications that appeared or will appear in edited books and journals, including 22 that were published in conference proceedings; with over 222 additional conference papers presented or to be presented at regional, national, and international conferences. SC&I doctoral students also received 22 awards for scholarly and professional work, 26 research fellowships and scholarships, and 8 grants.

"PhD Student Scholarship: Publications, Presentations, Grants and Awards, April 1, 2013 - April 1, 2014" can be found online.

Full list of compiled bibliographies:

2010 - 2011
2011 - 2012
2012 - 2013
2013 - 2014


PhD Program Rankings

U.S. News and World Report's ranking of Library and Information Science programs ranks Rutgers' graduate program overall as #6 in the nation. The specialty in school libraries is ranked #2 nationally.

The National Communication Association's (NCA) most recent Communication Doctoral Program Reputational study (2004) assessed 92 doctoral programs. The four areas of emphasis in Communication at Rutgers were ranked as follows: health = 9th out of 28; organizational = 12th out of 27; interpersonal = 14th out of 39; and technology 18th out of 34.

A 2011 National Research Council (NRC) report rating doctoral programs in Communication (broadly defined) notes distinction for the Rutgers PhD program in Communication, Information and Library Studies in the School of Communication and Information in several positive ways:

1. We are the largest doctoral program in the field with the largest average incoming cohort each year. That size allows for substantial course offerings, cohorts of students with related interests, and other resources that come with a sizable program.

2. We annually graduate more students than any other public program in the Northeast, and are tied for 4th nationally among public programs for number of graduates produced. In the past 3 years we have graduated 11-12 students annually resulting in a significant influence in the field as these students typically go into various academic positions.

3. We emerged as a very strong research program, which is often regarded as the most important aspect of the best doctoral programs.

4. We are 2nd among the public programs in the Northeast and 11th of all public programs nationwide in the measure assessing Research quality overall. We are 5th nationally among public programs in average # of citations per publication (#2 among public programs in Northeast). This again speaks to the impact that our research has on related fields.

5. We are one of the largest programs in terms of number of core faculty in the PhD program. Today, we have 51 core members in addition to various other adjunct and affiliate members throughout the university.

6. We are the only PhD program in the country to combine Communication (including Media Studies) with Library and Information Studies. This provides a unique interdisciplinary program well situated for addressing the communication and information-related challenges of the 21st century.

The full report and data are available online.

NRC Methodology 

The report compiled data from 5,000 doctoral programs in 62 fields of study at 212 universities. In Communication, 83 programs (73 public, 10 private) were evaluated. The NRC did not rank programs in a straightforward numerical fashion, much like the well-known U.S. News & World Report college rankings, and there are several other concerns about this complex project and its methodology. For example, much of this data was collected prior to 2005 (and our program has changed substantially since that time with the addition of 20% more faculty by 2011). The findings favor social scientific measures for evaluation, while the humanistic-oriented scholarship for which our doctoral program is also known is given less prominence. Nevertheless, the NRC ratings still provide at least some informative descriptive and comparative data.