Department News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Defining who is ‘American’ by the language they speak

Susan Mackey-Kallis, PhD

The Christian Science Monitor

Race and the beauty counter: What a greater selection of hues says about culture

Shauna MacDonald, PhD

The San Francisco Chronicle

San Bruno explosion hangs over PG&E amid wildfire investigation

Derek Arnold, MA


Brian Williams Opens Up About Regaining Viewers’ Trust After Scandal

Leonard Shyles, PhD

Christian Science Monitor

Race and infuencing beauty market through purchases

Shauna MacDonald, PhD


Women anchors in post-O'Reilly Fox News

Shauna MacDonald, PhD


What's wrong with too many white men in one place?

Gordon Coonfield, PhD

The Academic Minute

Hate Speech

Billie Murray, PhD  


Do this in your next job interview to sound more intelligent and project confidence

Susan-Mackey-Kallis, PhD  


Villanova University’s Communication Professor William Cowen, EdD to be Inducted into the Philadelphia Public Relations Association Hall of Fame

William Cowen, EdD

Main Line News

Villanova students’ film shows stories behind the Special Olympics

Stephen McWilliams  


How Donald Trump Changed the Way College Students Learn About Conspiracy Theories

Derek Arnold, MA  


Dr. Billie Murray Discusses Inauguration Day Protests

Billie Murray, PhD

CBS Philly

Can Trump walk back on some of divisive rhetoric spewed on the campaign trail?

Maurice Hall, PhD

CBS Philly

Anti-Trump protests break out while social justice academics in Philly

Bryan Crable, PhD  

US News & World Report

Coping with Creepy Clown Scares and Other Threats

Derek Arnold, MA 

New York Times

How to Get People to Evacuate? Try Fear

Derek Arnold, MA

The Christian Science Monitor

Can Facebook campaign push users to the polls?

Thomas Ksiazek, PhD 

USA Today

Find Francis in your feed

Bryan Crable, PhD

The Christian Science Monitor

Will Twitter, Facebook bring new viewers by livestreaming debates?

Thomas Ksiazek, PhD

The New York Times

After Orlando Shooting, ‘False Flag’ and ‘Crisis Actor’ Conspiracy Theories Surface

Derek Arnold, MA

Voice of America

Professor Gordon Coonfield Discusses Symbolism of Black Lives Matter

Gordon Coonfield, PhD


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Performance Event!

Becoming the Subject of Your Own Story-Instead of the Object of Another's Gaze

Join the Departments of Gender & Women's Studies, Sociology & Criminology, VU Pride, and the CSE Institute in the Communication Studio on Wednesday, October 18th at 7pm for a performance exploring gender, sex, bodies, and inequality with sociologist and performer, Kimberly Dark.


Research in Progress

Our first Research in Progress presentation of the semester, featuring graduate student, Maria Nelson, will be in the Garey Hall Special Events Room on Wednesday, October 18th at noon. Join us and provide feedback on Maria's research, "Conspicuously Consuming: A Qualitative Study of the Haul Video."


Women & Gender: Advancement, Advocacy, & Activism

Join IGR for a (not so) Brown Bag lunch on Thursday, October 19th at 11:30in the East Lounge (Dougherty Hall). Be a part of a conversation with Terri Boyer, Director of the McNulty Institute. She will provide brief remarks about women’s advancement through leadership, career development, and advocacy among women. We will then open up the conversation for attendees to engage in dialogue with one another and Dr. Boyer.

Please RSVP here no later than Tuesday October 17th.


The Crisis in Puerto Rico

This forum, hosted by the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Falvey Memorial Library, the Hispanic Society, & the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honors Society, will explore the current crisis in Puerto Rico and the governmental responses to it. Join moderator Adriano Duque and panelists Derek Arnold, Christine Palus, Michael Moreland, and Lowell Gustafson for this important conversation on Thursday, October 19th at 6pmin the Falvey Library Speakers' Corner.


Graduate Student Practice Colloquium

Our amazing graduate students will be representing our department at the National Communication Association's Annual Conference this year in Dallas. Please help them prepare by attending their practice research panel on Monday, October 23rd at 1:30 in the Garey Hall Special Events Room.


This is America: The One We Don't Talk About

This forum, hosted by the Center for Peace and Justice Education, will explore a myriad of under-referenced race-related events during the post-Reconstruction to to pre-Civil Rights era. Join panelists Billie Murray, Camille Burge, and Glenn Bracey for a lively discussion on Monday, October 23rd at 4pm in Bartley 1010.


The Center for Speaking and Presentation is now open in Falvey 214!

The Center provides assistance with speech anxiety, preparation, and delivery. Interested students book an appointment by selecting CSP at

2017 Creative Expression Award

Dr. Heidi Rose received the 2017 Creative Expression Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender for her solo performance, Twin.


Cameron Quevedo 2017 Artist Academy Acceptance

Cameron Quevedo, visiting assistant professor, has been accepted into the 2017 Artist Academy (, a yearly mentorship event sponsored by the New York Film Festival and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.  His film, El tucán (The Toucan) has been selected to screen this month at the San Francisco Latino Film Festival, the 2017 Festival of Indigenous Peoples in Mexico City, and the DOQU Film Festival in Querétaro, Mexico.  El tucan was also recently awarded “Best International Latino Documentary” at the 2017 Latino Film Market.

2017 Young Alumni Medallion Award

We are delighted to announce that Kelly J. Stoner ('08) and Elise Scioscia ('08, '10), graduates of the Communication program, were honored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the 2017 Young Alumni Medallion Award on Oct 4, 2017. Kelly works as an Associate Conservation Scientist with the Wildlife Preservation Society, where she leads the bison program in its effort to restore wild, free-ranging bison to tribal lands in the American West. Elise is the Director of Public Policy for Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia. Congratulations on this well deserved honor!