Graduate Student Placement

Students who earn their graduate degrees at the University of Maryland are prepared to assume faculty positions at colleges and universities and are ready to secure positions in industry, public service, and other professions.

Since 2004, 80% of UM Department of Communication Ph.D. recipients have secured tenure-track positions at the college/university level.

Recent Placements

Melissa Janoske received her Ph.D. in 2014. Her dissertation explored the building of online communities in crisis communication situations. She was advised by Professor Brooke Fisher Liu. Dr. Janoske is now an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism, University of Memphis.
Jarim Kim received her Ph.D. in 2014. Her dissertation explored the temporal framing on acceptance of vaccinations for the human papillomavirus. She was advised by Professor Xiaoli Nan. Dr. Kim is now an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Tiffany Lewis received her Ph.D. in 2013. Her dissertation explored the rhetorical practices of women political leaders in the American west. She was advised by Professor Kristy Maddux. Dr. Lewis is now an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York.
Adam Richards received his Ph.D. in 2013. His dissertation examined an evolutionary approach to interpersonal communication influence. Dr. Richards received the 2014 Miller Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Communication Association. He was advised by Professor Dale Hample. Dr. Richards is now an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University.
Leysan Khakimova received her Ph.D. in 2013. Her dissertation employed a network approach to the analysis of public diplomacy. She was advised by Professor Elizabeth Toth. Dr. Khakimova is now an assistant professor at Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Abbey Blake Levenshus received her Ph.D. in 2012. Her dissertation examined crisis communication and government public relations practices of the U.S. Coast Guard. She was advised by Professor Brooke Fisher Liu. Dr. Levenshus is now an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising & Public Relations at the University of Tennessee.
Stephen Underhill received his Ph.D. in 2012. His dissertation examined the rhetorical activities of J. Edgar Hoover during his tenure as director of the FBI. He was advised by Professor Shawn Parry-Giles. Dr. Underhill is now an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Marshall University.
Timothy Barney received his Ph.D. in 2011. His dissertation examined the role of cartography and geographical senses of space and place in the politics and ideologies of the Cold War. Dr. Barney received the 2013 Miller Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Communication Association. He was advised by Professor Trevor Parry-Giles. Dr. Barney is now an assistant professor in the Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies at the University of Richmond.
Lucinda Austin received her Ph.D. in 2011. Her dissertation examined how rural women make meaning from and find empowerment in health communication messages. She was advised by Professor Linda Aldoory. Dr. Austin is now an assistant professor in the School of Communications at Elon University.
Art Herbig received his Ph.D. in 2011. His dissertation examined the relationships between personhood, discourse, and ideology as manifested in the "textualization" of Pat Tillman. He was advised by Professor Robert Gaines. Dr. Herbig is now an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne.

 
Katie Place received her Ph.D. in 2010. Her dissertation examined the dynamics of gender and power in public relations through a qualitative research process. She was advised by Professor Elizabeth Toth. Dr. Place is now an assistant professor in the School of Communication at Quinnipiac University.

 
M. Kelly Carr received her Ph.D. in 2010. Her dissertation was an examination of the inventional processes involved in the rhetorical paths to diversity in the U.S. Supreme Court's Bakke decision. She was advised by Professor Trevor Parry-Giles. Dr. Carr is now an assistant professor in the School of Communications Design at the University of Baltimore.

 
Elena Bessarabova received her Ph.D. in 2009. Her dissertation explored the dynamics of reactance and cognitive structure and she was co-advised by Professor Edward Fink and Associate Professor Monique Turner. Dr. Bessarabova is now an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma.
Bjørn F. Stillion Southard received his Ph.D. in 2009. His dissertation examined the 18th and 19th century rhetorical origins of the African colonization movement. He was advised by Professor James Klumpp. Dr. Stillion Southard is now an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Georgia.

 
Tiffany Derville (Gallicano) received her Ph.D. in 2007. Her dissertation explored relational management as related to member retention in advocacy organizations. She was advised by Associate Professor Linda Aldoory. Dr. Gallicano is now an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Communication at the University of Oregon.
Jason Edward Black received his Ph.D. in 2006. His dissertation addressed the construction of American Indian identity as articulated in the rhetorics of Jacksonian-era America and U.S. nationalism. He was advised by Professor Shawn J. Parry-Giles. Dr. Black is now an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama.

 

Jeong-Nam Kim received his Ph.D. in 2006. His dissertation research advanced a situational theory of problem-solving in public relations with specific attention to communicant attentiveness of cognitive entrepreneurship. He was advised by Professor Emeritus James Grunig. Dr. Kim is now an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Purdue University.
Sung-Un Yang received his Ph.D. in 2005. His dissertation explored the effects of organization-public relationships on organizational reputation from the publics perspective. He was advised by Professor Emeritus James Grunig. Dr. Yang is now an associate professor in the Media School at Indiana University. 

 
Laura Janusik received her Ph.D. in 2004. Her dissertation explored the relationship between the span of conversational listening and perceived communication competence. She was advised by Professor Andrew D. Wolvin. Dr. Janusik is now an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Rockhurst University.
Cynthia King received her Ph.D. in 2002. Her dissertation examined the rhetorical nature of historical writing and narratives for 19th century African Americans, particularly as concerned the rhetoric of William Wells Brown and George Washington Williams. She was advised by Professor Robert Gaines. Dr. King is now an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Furman University.