Department Contacts

Department Head:
Dr. John W. Gastil

Graduate Director:
Jeremy Engels

(814) 863-0760

Undergraduate Director:
Rachel Smith

(814) 865-4201

Main Office

Robin Haynes
(814) 865-5232
Administrative Services Team

Letitia Bullock

(814) 865-3462
Graduate Program Assistant for Communication Arts Sciences

Andrea Michaels
(814) 865-8721
Undergraduate Program Assistant

Sandi Rockwell
(814) 865-5554
Enterprise Team, Team Leader

Jason Traverse
(814) 863-5852
Administrative Services Team

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About Us

The Communication Arts & Sciences Department is committed to the study, teaching, and practice of human communication for the betterment of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. Using methods and theories that span the humanities and social sciences, we create knowledge about the role of communication in diverse interpersonal, communal, national, international, and cultural settings. Our research is integral to our educational mission: to promote greater understanding of and facility with oral, written, and nonverbal communication. 

Our highly-ranked graduate program and international prestige are the result of an intellectual community of diverse faculty, instructional staff, and graduate students. Our current foci include rhetorical theory and criticism, health communication, cultural and social critique, interpersonal and family communication across the life span, social influence and public deliberation. Our scholarship also builds on the innovative work that has established the department's remarkable history. Reflecting this work, we address communication ethics in research, teaching, and practice contexts. We are motivated by a shared curiosity as to how communication makes human relations possible and how it makes a difference in society.

Employment Opportunities

The Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, in collaboration with African American Studies and Political Science, seeks an assistant or associate professor who will be appointed as tenure-track faculty. To advance the missions of these departments and the interdisciplinary mission of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy [link to], applicants should demonstrate scholarly and teaching excellence at the intersection of diversity, U.S. politics, and political communication, broadly construed. To learn more about this job, click here.