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Research Collaboratives

Our faculty are well known for their cutting-edge methodologies and innovative research and have developed transdisciplinary strategic initiatives to address the most pressing global communication issues of our time.

Our school also obtains highly competitive research funding to advance knowledge building and creative discoveries. Since 2010, our faculty has won over $5.5 million in grant funding from federal and private organizations.                                                           

These include the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Education, the John Templeton Foundation, National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Communication Association, Arizona Humanities, and various industry sponsors.

Health Communication

Health Communication Initiative

The Health Communication Initiative explores the complexities of health communication in an increasingly global world and provides guidance and locally-specific solutions on how to influence effective health-related communication.

The Transformation Project

The Transformation Project focuses on communicatively transforming lives and relationships at all levels of human interaction, promoting creative change processes that encourage healthy communication patterns, collaborative group behavior, and equitable forms of social organization.

I-4C: Civil, Critical and Creative Communication

Civil, Critical and Creative Communication mobilizes resources from rhetoric, performance, and critical-cultural studies to explore the intersections of civil, critical, and creative communication.

Center for Strategic Communication

Strategic Communication is the production, transmission and exchange of messages in the service of an organization’s specific goals. The Center for Strategic Communication promotes advanced research, teaching and public discussions of the role of strategic communication in the public sector.


The Intercultural Communication and Global Engagement Interest Group (ICGlobal) promotes communication research, teaching, and practice that advance knowledge and competencies for living and working in our increasingly diverse and connected world.