Mass Media and Communication Doctoral Program in Top 10

The Mass Media and Communication (MM&C) doctoral program at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication has been ranked among the 10 leading Ph.D. programs in mass communication and media studies at top research universities. The list of top research universities in the 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index was compiled by Academic Analytics, a company owned partially by the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Temple joins Penn State, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, New York University, and Northwestern in the top 10. Traditionally, communications programs have not been evaluated and ranked by mainstream publications like U.S. News & World Report or the National Research Council.

“We’re proud that Temple University’s Mass Media and Communication program stands with such prestigious peer institutions,” said Concetta M. Stewart, dean of the School of Media and Communication. “Raising the research profile of the School has been a priority, and our faculty and students have been working toward this goal by pursuing exceptional scholarship and research.”

The 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index by Academic Analytics is a comprehensive ranking that quantitatively measures the overall productivity of faculty by measuring the number of publications, the amount of grant dollars awarded, and honors and awards received.

“The index reflects not only average scholarly productivity, but also the impact of that scholarly productivity. Our faculty publish frequently in competitive journals, popular edited volumes and are active in grants,” said Zizi Papacharissi, associate dean of graduate programs and research for the School of Media and Communication.

“One benefit of faculty involvement in research is that our graduate students follow this example,” added Carolyn Kitch, associate professor of journalism and director of the MM&C program. “They’re attending the top international conferences and publishing in some of the most competitive journals.”

Temple University, of Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth System of Higher Education, is a comprehensive public research university in Philadelphia with more than 34,000 students in 17 schools and colleges. The Mass Media and Communication program in the School of Media and Communication (SMC) was the highest ranked of the five Temple University doctoral programs that earned spots in the Academic Analytics index. Among Temple University graduate students, SMC students earned the highest GRE verbal scores.

Temple’s School of Media and Communication, located in the nation’s fourth-largest media market, is among the most comprehensive schools of communication in the nation. The School offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in six departments: Advertising; Media Studies and Production; Film and Media Arts; Journalism; Strategic and Organizational Communication; and Theater. Nearly 3,700 undergraduates are enrolled in the School’s six departments and two programs, and more than 200 graduate students are pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees.

SMC’s doctoral program in Mass Media and Communication (MM&C) is an interdepartmental program consisting of 15 faculty members from the departments of Advertising; Media Studies and Production; Journalism; and Strategic and Organizational Communication. Faculty inclusion into the program is based on criteria of scholarly productivity.

The MM&C faculty includes:

Dr. Bonnie Brennan, Temple University’s vice provost for faculty, studies cultural history of the media. She has recently published articles in The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Journalism.

Dr. Fabienne Darling-Wolfe studies globalization and has recently published articles in Critical Studies in Media Communication and Journalism.

Dr. Jan Fernback, the director of the Master of Arts program in Media Studies and Production, studies communication technology policy and online community. Recently, she published in Communication Law and Policy and Information, Communication and Society, and she worked with Media Tank to organize a public hearing in Philadelphia on the FCC rules governing media ownership.

Dr. Renee Hobbs, who researches media literacy, was recently awarded a $600,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation to study copyright and fair use for media literacy. Her new book, Reading the Media, was published last November, and she has recently published in Health Education Research and Learning, Media and Technology.

Dr. Tom Jacobson, the School’s senior associate dean for academic affairs, studies international communication and development. His recent work has appeared in Communication Theory and the edited volume, Communication for Social Change.

Dr. Carolyn Kitch, associate professor of journalism and director of the MM&C program, published her second book, Pages from the Past: History and Memory in American Magazines, in 2005. Her recent journal articles on history and memory have appeared in or are in press at Critical Studies in Media Communication, Journalism Studies, Journalism, and Popular Communication.

Dr. John Lent studies international communication with an emphasis on Asia an comic art. Dr. Lent is the author of 55 books and hundreds of articles, and he is the founding editor of International Journal of Comic Art and Berita.

Dr. Matthew Lombard is the chair of the Department of Media Studies and Production and the president of the International Society for Presence. He studies telepresence and the psychological processing of media, and has recently published in Presence and Human Communication Research.

Dr. Michael Maynard, the chair of the Department of Advertising, studies globalization, cross-cultural communication, and product and placement in advertising. His work has recently appeared in KEIO Communication Review, Public Relations Review, and the Journal of Popular Culture.

Dr. Andrew Mendelson is the chair of the Department of Journalism. He researches the impact of photojournalism and has recently published in Journalism Studies and Journalism History.

Dr. Nancy Morris is the recent recipient, with Dr. Hobbs, of a Speaking of Health 2005 grant, awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health. She studies international communication and development communication, and specializes in Latin-American media.

Dr. Priscilla Murphy, the director of the Master of Science program in Communication Management, recently completed work on a grant award by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study issues management strategies of U.S. tobacco companies. Her latest book, Crisis Management in a Complex World with lead author Dawn Gilpin, is currently in press.

Dr. Zizi Papacharissi, SMC’s associate dean of graduate programs and research, studies terrorism coverage, new media, and political communication. Her recent articles have appeared or are in press in Communication Yearbook, Telecommunications Policy, and Journal of Broadcasting & New Media.

Top Research Universities in the
2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index
* Source: Academic Analytics, as published in The Chronicle of Higher Education (January 2007)

Mass communication/media studies

1.            Pennsylvania State University at University Park

2.            Michigan State University

3.            Ohio State University

4.            University of Wisconsin at Madison

5.            New York University

6.            University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa

7.            Northwestern University

8.            Louisiana State University

9.            University of Iowa

10.            Temple University


Dr. Carolyn Kitch, Director
Mass Media &Communication Program
Temple University
School of Media and Communication
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