Department Rankings

2012 UPDATE--Department Ranked in Top Ten in 30 Research Areas by CIOS

The Communication Institute of Online Scholarship (CIOS) ranks every Communication and Journalism program across North America according to publication productivity and research emphasis in many different and diverse research areas. Basing its rankings on faculty publication records, the CIOS rankings offer a detailed and comprehensive glimpse of publication patterns among Communication scholars.

As of December 2012, the Department of Communication is ranked as a Top Ten department in 22 research areas--Aging, China, Cognition, Competence, Conflict, Critical Theory, Debate, Democracy, Demographics, Ethics, Film, History, Humor, Intercultural, Law, Memory, Metaphor, Persuasion, Public Relations, Public Speaking, Rhetoric, and Text & Writing.

In four areas of research, the department was a Top Five program--Classical Rhetoric, Middle East, Popular Culture, and Religion.

And in four areas of research, the department was a Top Three program--Africa, Gender, Politics & Government, and Presidential Figures.

The rankings are periodically updated and revised to reflect new publications and research efforts by faculty members at surveyed institutions and to reflect departures, retirements, and new hirings of faculty members.

In 2006, the department was ranked as a Top Ten program in fourteen different research areas.

In July 2010, the Department of Communication was ranked as a Top Ten research department in 13 areas of research, a Top Five program in six areas, and a Top Three program in three areas of research.

By comparison, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at UM, also surveyed and ranked by CIOS, is a Top Ten research program in four research areas.


Department Ranked in Top Ten in Fourteen Research Areas

A new service from the Communication Institute of Online Scholarship (CIOS) ranks leading programs in Communication and Journalism across an array of research areas and topics. Basing its rankings on faculty publication records, the CIOS rankings offer a detailed and comprehensive glimpse of publication patterns among Communication scholars.

The Department of Communication was ranked as a Top Ten program in fourteen different research specialties/topic areas. Specifically, the Top Ten designations were in the areas of publications about the following: Asia, Critical Theory, Democracy, Ethics, Gender, Intercultural, Law, Memory, Persuasion, Political Elections, Politics & Government, Popular Culture, Presidential Figures, Public Relations, Public Speaking, and Social Structure.

Department faculty were ranked highest in Politics & Government (#2), Presidential Figures (#3), Public Relations (#3), Democracy (#5), and Popular Culture (#7).


Faculty Among Top Ten Most Productive

A 2006 survey of scholarly productivity reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education on January 12, 2007, identifies the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland as a Top Ten department.

The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, partly financed by the State University of New York at Stony Brook and produced by Academic Analytics, a for-profit company, rates faculty members' scholarly output at nearly 7,300 doctoral programs around the country. It examines the number of book and journal articles published by each program's faculty, as well as journal citations, awards, honors, and grants received. The company has given The Chronicle exclusive access to some of its data, including rankings of the top 10 programs in 104 disciplines.

For the 2006 survey, the Communication Department at Maryland ranked seventh, joining programs from the University of Arizona, the University of Michigan, Cornell University, and the University of Pennsylvania in the top ten.


Department Ranks in Top Ten in Three Research Specialties in NCA Survey

The National Communication Association (NCA) conducted a survey to rate the reputations of doctoral programs in Communication. The 2004 study was the second such study carried out by NCA--the first one was released in 1996. The study asks respondents to rate departments on three criteria--scholarly quality of the faculty; program effectiveness in educating future researchers; and quality change in the last five years. The scholarly quality of the faculty is the primary measure of departmental reputation in this study.

The Department of Communication at the University of Maryland was ranked in the top ten in three research specialties--one of only 15 universities to place three or more research areas in the top ten.

In Intercultural-International Communication, the Department was ranked fifth. Given that the Department was not ranked in this specialty in the 1996 study, the top five ranking is a significant achievement.

In Political Communication, the Department was ranked eighth. The Department was also the top ranked program in this specialty on the quality change in the last five years criteria.

In Rhetorical Communication, the Department was ranked seventh. In the 1996 study, the Department ranked 19th in Rhetorical Communication. Moreover, on the quality of change criterion, the Department was ranked second.


Department is Part of "PR Ivy League"

The Department of Communication's Public Relations program has been identified as part of the "PR Ivy League" by PR Weekmagazine.

The analysis of public relations education identified the University of Maryland, the University of Florida, and Syracuse University as the top three public relations programs in the nation. Other institutions mentioned include Northwestern University, Boston University, the University of Georgia, USC, and Notre Dame. Department professor Elizabeth Toth was featured and quoted in the article.


Department is "Premier" Program in Baxter Survey

In a survey of graduate education in Public Relations, the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland has been identified as one of sixteen "premier" programs in the nation.

Published in 2001 by Bill Baxter, a professor emeritus at Marquette University, the survey offers a comprehensive analysis of graduate education in Public Relations across the nation. Organized by region, Baxter's analysis identifies Maryland as one of only three premier programs in the East, along with Boston University and Syracuse University.

The 2001 study duplicated a 1999 survey that also identified Maryland as one of the "premier" programs in the nation. Only ten programs appear as "premier" programs on both surveys—Colorado State, Florida, Florida International, Louisiana at Lafayette, Maryland, Miami, San Diego State, South Alabama, Southern California and Syracuse.


Department Ranks 4th in Applied Communication in '96 Survey

In the first doctoral program reputational study conducted by the National Communication Association in 1996, the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland ranked fourth nationally in the area of Applied Communication. The survey defined Applied Communication as including Health Communication, Political Communication, and Public Relations.

The Department was also ranked in other research specialties—19th in Rhetoric; 20th in Organizational Communication; and 36th in Communication Theory & Research.