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PhD Student and Faculty Research

PhD Student Research

CCI faculty are the heartbeat of our graduate programs. They are active in every phase of the student’s life at UT – from admission to graduation, and serve as important mentors. Graduate students learn and work with nationally and internationally recognized faculty, who publish in leading disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals. As a doctoral student, you will have multiple research opportunities in the College of Communication and Information. Faculty enjoy working with doctoral students and you can expect to become involved in faculty research as you develop your own research stream.

Doctoral students engage in many professional development opportunities including publishing and presenting research papers, collaborating with experts from around the world, gaining teaching experience, and building a strong and influential professional network. CCI also sponsors a research symposium every spring that serves as a venue for students and faculty to present developing and previously presented research. You can expect to receive some funding for travel to present your work because CCI and UT contribute funds to support graduate student travel to present research at academic conferences.

CCI possesses state-of-the-art research facilities including the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center, Public Speaking Center, Message Effects Laboratory, User eXperience Laboratory, Converged Newsroom, and Scripps Convergence Laboratory, which are available for doctoral student research. The Message Effects and User eXperience Labs earned UT’s designation of “Core Facility”, which means they have been recognized by the UT Office of Research Engagement as being important components of the University’s research portfolio and visibility.

CCI faculty research is in variety of contexts using a sophisticated range of methodologies and theories. Several interdisciplinary research themes that represent the nature of the research conducted in the College include:

  • Conflict/Crisis/Risk
  • Design/Technology
  • Diversity/Multicultural/International
  • Education/Instruction/Scholarship
  • History
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Law/Policy/Ethics
  • Methods: Research/Quantitative/Qualitative
  • Organizational/Group/Team Communication
  • Science/Health Communication
  • Social Influence/Persuasion/Public Opinion/Politics
  • Social Media/ Mediated Communication
  • Workplace Privacy
  • Youth/Multigenerational