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Research

Research

Research at the School of Communication and Information reflects our commitment to collaboration, in which the fields of information science, library studies, communication, journalism, and media studies merge to create a host of integrated perspectives on the functions and challenges related to communication, information and media. 

Our faculty includes scholars that are both nationally and internationally renowned for excellence and innovation. As an academic collective dedicated to engaged scholarship that addresses contemporary issues, our faculty utilizes behavioral, social scientific, historical, humanistic, and critical research approaches that are each richly represented in the school’s scholarship.

AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH

The current areas of research within SC&I cross the range of disciplines housed within the school:

Health and Wellness: Our faculty specializing in health communication are involved in a host of research projects in this expansive field including e-health, knowledge management in health organizations, science journalism and health reporting, patient-practitioner communication, and disclosure, as well as other related fields that are helping to shape policy and bring understanding to today’s complex health communication system.

Social Media Interaction and Collaborative Design: With technology and virtual interaction continually evolving, our faculty are committed to staying on top of the technological curve by exploring new developments in these areas including learning in virtual environments, relationship maintenance using social media, corporate and community use of social media, the burgeoning business of social applications, and creative collaboration in gaming worlds.

Global Media, Community, and Democracy: Technological developments are a constant in today’s digital age, bringing with them perpetual changes in how we receive information. Topics of importance to our faculty in this area include, but are not limited to, transnational media, niche outlets, citizen journalism, new media and social movements, race and class, poverty, political empowerment, and the evolution of traditional media.

Organizations, Policy, and Leadership: Our faculty research in this area probes the intersection of technology and media with traditional communication studies in persuasion, organizational change, collaboration, identity, and other concentrations. Studies include e-learning, converging media, corporate social responsibility, and communications policy, among many other interests.