The School of Communication was formed under the former College of Fine Arts and Communication (CFAC) in 2016. Associate Professor John Gale served as the first director. Dr. Donna Lampkin Stephens, associate professor of journalism, became the second director in July 2020. The School of Communication is a part of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS), which was established in July 2020.

Mission Statement

The School of Communication is a collaborative community of dedicated faculty, staff, and students engaged in the study and practice of communication. As communicators, journalists, public relations practitioners, rhetoricians, and writers, we teach and research to facilitate student learning and growth through caring relationships, innovative curricula, and experiential learning. Because speaking and writing are foundational to society and create social realities, we prepare students to become ethical citizens who make meaningful contributions both professionally and personally. We model collegiality and camaraderie to foster a culture of cooperation to accomplish shared goals.

Director’s Message

The School of Communication is at the foundation of everything we do as a human race. We serve almost every UCA student through First-Year Writing and Principles of Communication, and our degree programs in communication, journalism, public relations and writing offer students many opportunities and a versatile future. Any society is better when we communicate better. – Dr. Donna Lampkin Stephens