Potential Future Emmy Nominees

COMM Majors: We already have one Emmy nomination,  check out the latest videos that are bound to be nominated for another!

Professor Lydia Timmins and her crew haveAGAIN produced two different yet equally insightful documentaries:

The documentary Not Your Average Student  portrays three of today’s unique college students: a man in his late 60’s, a young women with a small child, and an international student. The documentary pushes past the stereotypes typically used for college students (think Animal House). This perspective is essential to UD, especially since the higher education world, like much of education, is going through many changes throughout America.


Unt*ix*tled re-introduces the public to the often forgotten Title IX. Don’t know what Title IX is? This landmark decree broke ground in the issues faced today with gender equality in athletics. This documentary looks at the decree in its origin’s and how its presence continues to grow and change even today. Check out the documentary and decide for yourself if Title IX is good or bad, or neither.


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Has Arrived at UD TODAY!

Today September 19, U.S. Justice Sotomayor will speak at the Bob Carpenter Center at 4 p.m. The U.S. Supreme Court Justice is the author of this year’s First Year Common Reader program with her best-selling memoir, ‘My Beloved World’.

Not only is this a great honor for UD, but one of our very own undergraduate COMM students, N’kosi Oates will introduce Justice Sotomayor!  N’kosi has a double major in Communication and Political Science, and we are thrilled have him represent us at this SOLD OUT event with such an honored guest.

UD “MA” COMM Program Exceeds Expectations: Research Powerhouse

– Johanna Lukk, COMM ’14 and Carolyn White Bartoo, COMM ’88

Our Department of Communication is making some big waves in the competitive waters of academic research.  We’re recognized as a national leader in scholarly research output. The Communication Institute for Online Scholarship (CIOS), a non-profit supporting computer technologies used in communication scholarship and education, recognized UD’s COMM Department has given us a ‘tip of the hat’ for outperforming much larger programs at other universities.

Our COMM Department offers both undergraduate and masters level programs for students – but that’s not news. What IS news is that CIOS recently noticed that our hard working professors crank out such uniquely high levels of results that we exceed the productivity levels of not just our peer MA-only communication departments; but we also meet, and in many cases, BEAT larger, longer, and typically more well-funded graduate communication programs at other universities which grant doctorates.

Although much of this is an “inside baseball” academic distinction, it’s really significant because normally MA-only programs have lower scholarly output rates than larger, Ph.D.-granting institutions. But not UD COMM . . . we ranked in the same ballpark as the top 25 Ph.D. grant programs in the entire country. Way to go UD COMM scholars! David and Goliath stories do actually happen!

Convocation May 2013 Video Launched

MA grad May 2013It’s here! The COMM class of 2013, and all of your family and friends can relive each and every second of their recent convocation ceremony in the Trabant Student Center through this video. We’re so pround of all of you and wish you all the very best on your journeys after UD.


Please stay in touch, and keep us posted about your adventures!

Cool Stuff Still Happening in UD COMM Dept in 2012

It’s election time and UD’s Center for Political Communication (CPC) will host a late-night election watch party at the good ‘ole Trabant Center TONIGHT. Were you there for the 2008 Election Watch? Follow activities tonight through the Twitter hashtag #ElectionCentral. We had 200o students for the last national election and we think there will be a ton of free UD Creamery “Stars and Stripes” custom-made ice cream eaten by the huge crowd gathered to watch the numbers roll in.

Our own Dr. Jenny Lambe and Dr. Paul Brewer, both in the COMM Department and the CPC are quoted here discussing the university’s National Agenda poll.  It seems that since the Citizens United 2010 supreme court ruling, most Americans favor limited corporate money in our election process.

Think there’s something “funny” about elections? Well, Danna Young and Lindsay Hoffman, both assistant COMM professors recently shared their views about the impact of political humor in a high energy and thought-provoking 30-minute WVUD 91.3 FM radio interview.

Young and Hoffman had a lot of fun talking about a wide range of topics about the current campaign–and past campaigns–including the place of satirists like Stewart and Colbert, the importance of voters watching the debates and candidates’ speeches, twitter and other new media, and each campaign’s attempts  to win the “battle for truth.” Listen to the free WVUD audio podcast through iTunes ( it’s from the 10/25/12 episode) .

The Center for Political Communication has again hosted multiple Delaware election debates with great audience turn out from both students and the Delaware community.

We’re very proud of Dr. Juliette Dee, who has the lead piece in the latest issue of Communication Currents.  The issue is focused in honor of Free Speech Week and her article summarizes the Supreme Court’s rulings regarding freedom of expression last term.


The COMM Fab Four

Thanks to Dr. Nancy Signorielli , WVUD’s own Steve Kramark, COMM MA ’12, and current COMM graduate students Chris Chris Volker COMM ’12 and Colin Kearney for representing our department at the golf fundraiser for the Megan Ashley Perry scholarship fund!  Looking sharp!



Stanford University’s Baba Shiv with UD COMM honor student Shantel Campbell.

One of our current undergraduate students, Shantel Campbell, COMM ’13, presented her academic research on the affect of scarcity of time and resources on buyer behavior at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS) at the Hartford Marriott Downtown in Hartford, Conn., earlier this year.


Campbell, majoring in mass communication with a minor in advertising,  is involved in the prestigious UD Honors Program. Very few students nation wide qualify to conduct research at the undergraduate level. Bravo!


Voting for Romney, Obama or . . . . YoUDee?

Political talk on TV hits a fever pitch this fall as the national elections approaches.  The Center for Political Communication AGAIN hosts prestigious speakers who dissect national and regional political issues, and then fold them into insightful media analysis. It’s happening many Wednesday nights right here in little ol’ Newark in the National Agenda Speaker Series

Karl Rove, David Plouffe, Steve Schmidt or Robert Gibbbs take a break from the little stage of Meet the Press and head to UD’s Mitchell Hall or the Bob this fall to call ’em like they see ’em.

Join us for any of these free and open to the public events, or check out the podcasts of these and all the National Agenda VIPs.