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Communication

Department

More Than Words

With a 95 percent career placement rate, the Communication Department excels at creating connections between students and businesses across the country. Our Communication programs cover exactly what employers are looking for: leadership, interpersonal and team-based communication, writing, graphic design, branding, image rhetoric, and many other topics.

Our students become proficient at clear communication and target audience messaging. They gain the skills necessary to enter any setting—online, in print, or in person; professional or otherwise—and effectively engage with others.

See for Yourself

Listen to Dr. Jeff Groeling explain explain what you can expect in studying communication at 91鶹.

Building Communication Professionals

Our students aren’t just sitting in classrooms learning; they are professionals working hands-on to develop and sharpen their skills. Our students perform communication audits, evaluate website effectiveness, send book proposals and query letters, execute communication campaigns, and write for , 91鶹’s award-winning student newspaper.

Faculty also bring students to regional and national conferences, like the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), regional IABC conventions in Cincinnati and Cleveland, and Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Indianapolis chapter meeting.

Speaking of Your Future

Graduate Programs

Our Communication students have gone on to study at many graduate programs, including:

  • American University
  • Ball State University
  • Baylor University
  • Bethel University
  • Carnegie-Mellon University
  • DePaul University
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Indiana University School of Law
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Northwestern University
  • Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Radford University
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • 91鶹 Graduate School
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Missouri, Missouri School of Journalism
  • Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Wheaton College Graduate School

Career Opportunities

The practical experience you receive with any of our Communication degrees will prepare you for a career in many vocations, from journalism to event planning to novel writing. The Communication faculty and the Calling and Career Office work hard to put students in contact with 91鶹 alumni and partnering organizations for internship and employment opportunities.

Department News

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Multimedia Journalism Student Writes for The Statehouse File

Mar 05, 2024

Senior Multimedia Journalism major Sam Maurer wrote legislative news stories covering the Indiana General Assembly for The Statehouse File in Indianapolis this January.

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Alumna Holds Senior Associate Editor Position at Focus on the Family

Jan 19, 2024

Rachel Pfeiffer '18 gained versatile writing, editing, and research skills through the Professional Writing program. She writes and edits for children's magazines at Focus on the Family.

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Cases and Campaigns Class Wins Platinum MarCom Award

Jan 05, 2024

The Public Relations class won the award for their campaign for Thriving Grant County/Thriving Mill Township. This is the highest recognition of the MarCom Awards, one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world.

Faculty & Staff

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Department Chair

Jeff Groeling

Department Chair and Professor of Communication

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Tammy Armstrong

Communication Program Assistant

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Alan Blanchard

Associate Professor of Journalism, Executive Director of the Pulliam Journalism Center

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Julie Borkin

Assistant Professor of Communication

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Donna Downs

Associate Professor of Communication, Yearbook Advisor

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Jenna Huff

Adjunct Professor of Broadcast Journalism

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David Jesse

Adjunct Professor of Journalism

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Shannon Lewis

Adjunct Professor of Communication

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Dave Penticuff

Adjunct Professor of Sports Writing

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Russ Pulliam

Adjunct Professor of Journalism

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Dirk Rowley

Adjunct Professor of Broadcast Journalism

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Chantal Sallade

Adjunct Professor of Photojournalism/Photography

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Linda 91鶹

Assistant Professor of Professional Writing