History of the M&C Program

Prior to 1990, what is now Media & Communication was one of three doctoral level ‘tracks’ in the School of Communications and Theater (SCT), which is now the School of Media and Communication (SMC); the track was titled Mass Media & Communication (MM&C) and the other tracks were Rhetoric & Communication (R&C) and Speech/Language/Hearing (SLH). That fall the track became a separate program, originally offering both masters and doctoral degrees. When SCT was reorganized in 1995, MM&C became a doctoral program only. In December 2012, MM&C became M&C when the word “Mass” was removed from the title to better reflect the program’s focus and to match the name of the newly realigned School of Media & Communication. M&C is the only doctoral program offered by SMC.

The directors of M&C (formerly MM&C) from its inception are listed below.

Year

Name (note)

1990 – 1994 Tom Gordon (on leave Spring 1993 – acting director Sari Thomas)
1994 – 1996 Sari Thomas
1996 – 1999 Priscilla Murphy
2000 – 2001 Nancy Morris
2001 – 2004 Matthew Lombard
2004 – 2005 Renee Hobbs & Zizi Papacharissi
2005 – 2010 Carolyn Kitch
2010 – present Matthew Lombard

Over the years many impressive scholars have served as members of the MM&C faculty.

Name

Year(s)

Jeanne Allen 1991-1992
Nora Alter 2009-2012
Undrahbuyan Baasanjav 2009-
Carl Botan 2003-2004
Pat Bradley 1996-1997, 2000-2002
Bonnie Brennen 2004-2006
Chris Cagle 2010-2012
Deborah Cai 2009-
John Edward Campbell 2009-
Roderick Coover 2004-2005, 2009-2012
Fabienne Darling-Wolf 2002-
Herb Dordick 1990-1992, 1993-1994
Tom Eveslage 1993-1996
Jan Fernback 2000-
George Gerbner 1997-1999
Tom Gordon 1990-1997
Renee Hobbs 2003-2011
Stewart Hoover 1989-1991
Susan Jacobson 2011-2013
Tom Jacobson 2004-
Carolyn Kitch 1999-
Jerry Knudson 1991-1992, 1993-1994
John Lent 1990-
Matthew Lombard 1994-
Rich Luker 1989-1990
Jim Marra 1993-1994
Michael Maynard 1996-
Andrew Mendelson 2000-
Nancy Morris 1999-
Patrick Murphy 2009-
Priscilla Murphy 1992-2012
Tom Nakayama 2004-2005
Zizi Papacharissi 2002-2007
Donnalyn Pompper 2007-
Hector Postigo 2008-
Cornelius B. Pratt 2007-2011
Jeff Rush 1991-1992
Michael Ryan 2008-2009
Timo Saari 2007-2011
Adrienne Shaw 2012-
Concetta Stewart 1994-2001, 2002-2004 (Ex officio)
Paul Swann 1991-1995
Sari Thomas 1990-2001
Alan Wells 1991-1992, 2000-2001
Dave Womack 1991-1999
Kaibin Xu 2011-
Barbie Zelizer 1995-1996