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Communication Studies School

UT’s School of Communication Studies combines expertise in interpersonal and organizational communication to study the communicative aspects of human relationships including mentoring, leadership, socialization, organizational development, social networks, conflict, organizational change, and persuasion. Put simply, we focus our efforts to answer questions about how humans exchange information within interpersonal and organizational contexts. Founded in 1987, the School consists of a dynamic and interdisciplinary faculty focusing on human communication occurring within interpersonal and organizational contexts. Communication Studies offers a degree program at the undergraduate level and participates in the College-wide master’s and doctoral level programs.


The faculty and students of CS are actively engaged in programmatic, basic and applied research aimed at discovering the processes underlying how humans communicate in interpersonal and organizational settings. This research is conducted in a collaborative environment, involving faculty and students across disciplines. Generally, the goal of the research conducted by the School of Communication Studies is to improve the ability to explain, predict, and control how humans communicate.

Members of the Communication Studies community have access to research resources enabling archival, observational, survey, and experimental research in all areas of interpersonal and organizational communication. Some of our research-related facilities include video-conferencing equipment, a computer laboratory, a public speaking laboratory (in development), and an array of analytical software. Also, the School actively seeks to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with entities both on and off campus to maximize accessibility to allied research facilities. Dedicated research support is also available from several centers on campus. These centers include the Center for Information and Communication Studies, the Statistical Consulting Center, and Data Services, maintained by Hodges Library.

Faculty and Staff

Bob Ambler, Assistant Professor/Lecturer
David Avery, Lecturer
Sarah Huff Burnley, Lecturer
Sandy Cabbage, Program Resource Specialist
Brad Case, Lecturer
Linda Cox-Collier, Lecturer
Megan Fields, Lecturer
Steven Fitchpatrick, Lecturer
Andrew Garland, Lecturer
Michelle Garland, Lecturer
Bob Glenn, Associate Professor
Roger Gray, Lecturer
Howard Grower, Lecturer
Carlus Gupton, Lecturer
John Haas, Associate Professor/Director
Kristin Haun, Lecturer
John Ketchen, Lecturer
Michael R. Kotowski, Assistant Professor
Virginia W. Kupritz, Associate Professor
Danielle Lalonde, Lecturer
Kenneth Levine, Associate Professor
Chioma Marbrey, Lecturer
Nicholas Meade, Lecturer
Laura Miller, Assistant Professor
Macy Pearson, Lecturer
Douglas Peek, Lecturer
Mark Prather, Lecturer
Suzanne Prentiss, Lecturer
Jessica Smith, Lecturer
Laura Arnett Smith, Lecturer
Sharon Smith, Lecturer
Michelle Violanti, Associate Professor
Annette Winston, Lecturer
Alice Wirth, Lecturer
Courtney N. Wright, Assistant Professor


John Haas, Director
School of Communication Studies
College of Communication and Information
The University of Tennessee
293 Communications Building
Knoxville, TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-0696



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