The Communication Department is a community of scholars, staff and students engaged in studying and producing communication for the common good.

Together, we seek to model leadership and foster collaboration by encouraging:

  • critical understanding of the human communication process and contemporary media
  • applied skills in interpersonal and mediated communication
  • social engagement and ethical reasoning about all forms of communication
  • commitment to service to our university, the discipline, our communities and global society
  • integration of theory and practice in our teaching, learning, research, creative work and service

We value the development of the whole person: the mind, the voice, the heart, the spirit. We are committed to understanding and advancing social justice. For us, this involves embracing the diversity of cultures, beliefs and experiences in our increasingly interconnected world. It also includes exploring inequities of communicative power and resources, addressing their causes, and imagining their remedies.

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Submissions from 2016

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How do presence, flow, and character identification affect players’ empathy and interest in learning from a serious computer game?, Christine Bachen, Pedro F. Hernández-Ramos, Chad Raphael, and Amanda Waldron

Submissions from 2015

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Civic play and civic gaps: Can life simulation games advance educational equity?, Christine Bachen, Pedro F. Hernández-Ramos, Chad Raphael, and Amanda Waldron

The future of activism for electronics workers, Chad Raphael and Ted Smith

Health and safety policies for electronics workers, Ted Smith and Chad Raphael

Submissions from 2014

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The Relationships between Co-Rumination, Social Support, Stress, and Burnout among Working Adults, Justin P. Boren

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Communicatively Restricted Organizational Stress (CROS) I: Conceptualization and Overview, Justin P. Boren and Alice E. Veksler

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Introduction to Deliberation, democracy, and civic forums: Improving equality and publicity, Chad Raphael and Christopher F. Karpowitz

Submissions from 2013

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Co-rumination Partially Mediates the Relationship between Social Support and Emotional Exhaustion among Graduate Students, Justin P. Boren

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Examining the Relationships among Peer Resentment Messages Overheard, State Guilt, and Employees' Perceived Ability to Use Work/Family Policies, Justin P. Boren and Shannon L. Johnson

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Good publicity: The legitimacy of public communication of deliberation, Chad Raphael and Christopher F. Karpowitz

Submissions from 2012

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Simulating REAL LIVES: Promoting global empathy and interest in learning through simulation games, Christine Bachen, Pedro F. Hernández-Ramos, and Chad Raphael

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An Exploratory Study of Communicatively-Restricted Organizational Stress (CROS) II: Associations with Organizational Stress and Elevated Cholesterol, Justin P. Boren and Alice E. Veksler

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Flow and cooperative learning in civic game play, Chad Raphael, Christine Bachen, and Pedro F. Hernández-Ramos

Submissions from 2011

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Social flow and learning in digital games: A conceptual model and research agenda, Christine Bachen and Chad Raphael

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The Impact of an Enacted Social Support Training Intervention on Worklife Interaction and Stress in a Sample of Working Adults, Justin P. Boren and Jess K. Alberts

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A Decade of Research Exploring Biology and Communication, Justin P. Boren and Alice E. Veksler

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Some Things are Better Left Not Unsaid: An Exploratory Study of the Communicatively-Restricted Organizational Stressor, Justin P. Boren and Alice E. Veksler

Submissions from 2010

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Games for civic learning: A conceptual framework and agenda for research and design, Chad Raphael, Christine Bachen, Kathleen-M. Lynn, Jessica Baldwin-Philippi, and Kristen A. McKee

Submissions from 2009

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Kissing in Marital and Cohabiting Relationships: Effects on Blood Lipids, Stress, and Relationship Satisfaction, Justin P. Boren, Kory Floyd, Annegret F. Hannawa, Colin Hesse, Breanna McEwan, and Alice E. Veksler

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The Influence of Being "Out" on Perceptions of Managerial Credibility and Positive Affect, Justin P. Boren and Mary B. McPherson

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Deliberative democracy and inequality: Two cheers for enclave deliberation among the disempowered, Christopher F. Karpowitz, Chad Raphael, and Allen S. Hammond IV

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Broadcast Network Documentaries, Chad Raphael

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Libel, Chad Raphael

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The political-economic origins of Reali-TV, Chad Raphael

Submissions from 2008

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Civic engagement, pedagogy, and information technology on Web sites for youth, Christine Bachen, Chad Raphael, Kathleen-M. Lynn, Kristen A. McKee, and Jessica Philippi

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Social Exchange Orientation and Conflict Communication in Romantic Relationships, Justin P. Boren, Amy M. Bippus, and Sabrina Worsham

Submissions from 2007

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The digital divide, Chad Raphael

Submissions from 2006

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Portrayals of information and communication technology on World Wide Web sites for girls, Chad Raphael, Christine Bachen, Kathleen-M. Lynn, Jessica Baldwin-Philippi, and Kristen A. McKee

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Importing extended producer responsibility for electronic equipment into the United States, Chad Raphael and Ted Smith

Submissions from 2005

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Investigated reporting: Muckrakers, regulators, and the struggle over television documentary, Chad Raphael

Submissions from 2004

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Who is the real target? Media response to controversial investigative reporting on corporations, Chad Raphael, Lori Tokunaga, and Christina Wai

Submissions from 2003

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Bridging the gender gap in computing: An integrative approach to content design for girls, Kathleen-M. Lynn, Chad Raphael, Karin Olefsky, and Christine M. Bachen

Submissions from 2002

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'Citizen Jane': Rethinking design principles for closing the gender gap in computing, Chad Raphael

Submissions from 2001

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The FCC's broadcast news distortion rules: Regulation by drooping eyelid, Chad Raphael

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The web, Chad Raphael

Submissions from 2000

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Rethinking media and movements, Chad Raphael

Submissions from 1999

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Utopia out of place: Studs' Place, Popular Front culture and the blacklist in early Chicago television, Chad Raphael

Submissions from 1997

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The political economy of Reali-TV, Chad Raphael