M&C 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.

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