About the Department

Moody Bridge
Communication Studies
We learn about communication in human relationships.

About Our Department

In the Department of Communication Studies, we learn about communication in human relationships. We study communication in relationships that are as intense as marriage and families, as large as political communities, and as involving as the workplace. Our students go out into the world prepared to think about how communication works in a wide range of contexts, and they are ready to improve communication wherever they may find it. Explore the links on this page to find out more about our award winning faculty, graduate and undergraduate programs, and student-based clubs and camps.


Communication Studies has been an organized department since Edwin Shurter was appointed an associate professor of oratory at The University in 1899. Today, the Communication Studies Department has over 700 undergraduate majors, 110 graduate students, and 18 faculty.

Our students come from across the nation and the world. Upon leaving The University, our graduates enter the teaching, corporate, and public service ranks. While in school, the department's graduate students conduct original research, frequently teach and/or assist undergraduate classes, and participate in symposia. Many of our students publish scholarly articles, and most deliver papers at professional conventions.

In 2019-20, our graduate students presented more than 120 competitively selected papers at international, national, and regional professional meetings. Over a dozen articles and chapters were also published. This high level of professional involvement explains a fact we are all proud of: all of our Ph.D. graduates have obtained faculty or other professional positions.

In December, 2004, the Times of London reported a reputational study which placed the University of Texas as 15th in the world's top universities. Of all the universities listed in the top 15, the University of Texas is the only one with a Communication Studies Department.

In the June 1999 issue of Communication Monographs, the University of Texas was listed as one of only two schools with five faculty members as part of the 100 most prolific journal authors in communication journals since the inception of the field. We were also 3rd in the nation in the number of times our faculty's research has been cited in journals.


Department Administration

2504A Whitis Ave. (A1105)
Austin, TX 78712-0115
Phone: 512-471-5251
Fax: 512-471-3504
Email: commstudies@austin.utexas.edu

Craig R. Scott, Ph.D.

John T. Jones, Jr. Centennial Professor
Department of Communication Studies Chair
CMA 7.112, 512-232-1714
Email: craig.scott@austin.utexas.edu

Jeffrey Treem, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies Associate Chair
CMA 7.122A
Email: jtreem@austin.utexas.edu

Jennifer Betancourt

Administrative Manager
CMA 7.112, 512-232-4880
Email: jenbet@austin.utexas.edu

Lisa Moseley

Sr. Administrative Associate
CMA 7.112, 512-232-4878
Email: lmoseley@austin.utexas.edu

Saúl Palomo

Administrative Associate
CMA 7.112, 512-471-5251
Email: saul.palomo@austin.utexas.edu

Graduate Program Office

Anne Bormann

Graduate Program Coordinator
CMA 7.110, 512-471-1942
Email: commstudiesgrad@austin.utexas.edu

René Dailey

Graduate Advisor
CMA 7.142A, 512.471-4867
Email: rdailey@austin.utexas.edu

Undergraduate Advisors

Wendy Boggs

Academic Advising Coordinator
BMC 2.600, 512-471-1553

Jennifer Porras

Academic Advising Coordinator
BMC 2.600, 512-471-1553

Tina Carter

Academic Advising Coordinator
BMC 2.600, 512-471-1553

Allicyn Phillips

Academic Advising Coordinator
BMC 2.600, 512-471-1553

Tessandra Lancaster

Academic Advising Coordinator
BMC 2.600, 512-471-1553

Jennifer Jones

Academic Advising Coordinator
BMC 2.600, 512-471-1553