Doctoral Program Statistics and Information

Doctoral Program Statistics and Information

Selecting the right doctoral program is a major decision. Prospective students are often looking for a program that not only fits their research interests, but also will provide them with mentorship, timely completion and assistance in job placement.

In order to help potential and newly-admitted applicants make the best decision for them, we’ve compiled concrete data on our admission, enrollment, graduation and placements rates. We’ve also included data on dissertation topics (title) and dissertation advisers (chair), to showcase the scope and breadth of original research being pursued by our doctoral students. After reviewing this information, we suggest prospective students review our doctoral faculty’s pages¬†as well as financial support information for our doctoral program.

If you have any questions about this data or other aspects of the doctoral program, please contact Sarah Smith-Frigerio, academic adviser to the doctoral program.

Admitted Applicants by Year

Year Admitted Attending
2012 16 11
2011 16 8
2010 14 8
2009 17 10
2008 22 15

Graduates by Year

Year Graduates
2012 8
2011 13
2010 11
2009 7
2008 13

Dissertations, Chairs and Graduate Placements by Year

YearStudentDissertation TitleChairPlacementTitle
2014Seoyeon HongHow Do You Like This Comment? The Empirical Study of the Persuasive Effect On Online Comments in Crisis Communication ContextGlen CameronWebster UniversityAssistant Professor
2014Eunhae ParkImmune to the Vaccine Rumors: Effects of Inoculation Messages and Tone of Voice on HPV Vaccine ComplianceGlen CameronVirginia Commonwealth UniversityAssistant Professor
2014Heather ShoenbergerRisky Business? Using Heuristic-Systematic Processing Theory To Understand Consumer Data Privacy Concerns (Or Lack Thereof) In An Online Behavioral Advertising ContextEsther ThorsonUniversity of OregonAssistant Professor
2014Alecia SwasyA Little Birdie Told Me: Diffusion and Implementation of the Innovation of Twitter in American Metropolitan NewsroomsYong VolzUniversity of IllinoisProfessor and Sleeman Scholar of Business Journalism
2013Ming DaiPresenting the Dragon to the Eagle: Testing the Influence of Message Framing and Valence on Public PerceptionsGlen CameronSoutheastern Oklahoma State UniversityAssistant Professor
2013Pat FerrucciPoor Media, Rich Democracy: How Economics and Technology Affect Construction of News ProcessesTim VosBradley UniversityAssistant Professor
2013Julien GorbachCrying in the WildernessBerkley HudsonNichols State University
2013Jonathan PetersThe 'Sovereigns of Cyberspace' and State ActionCharles DavisUniversity of DaytonAssistant Professor
2013Erin SchausterEnabled and Constrained: The Structuration of Advertising EthicsMargaret DuffyBradley UniversityAssistant Professor
2013Edson TandocWeb Analytics, Social Media, and the Journalistic Doxa: The Impact of Audience Feedback on the Evolving Gatekeeping ProcessTim VosNanyang Technological UniversityAssistant Professor
2013Rachel YoungUser-Generated Health Content: The Relevance of Perceived Source Similarity, Expert Credibility and Construal Level TheoryGlen CameronUniversity of IowaAssistant Professor
2012Karen HoffThe Impact of Free Newspapers on U.S. MarketsEsther ThorsonBoston CollegeSenior Member Research Analyst
2012Mi JahngBeyond political differences: The influence of exposure to disagreements and the mediating role of emotional responses on selective exposure.Esther ThorsonHope College
2012Bo Kyung KimProactive Self-Disclosure of Threats: The Effects of Voluntary Disclosure of Corporate Issues on Perceived Organizational Transparency, Credibility, and Perceived Severity of IssuesGlen Cameron and Maria Len-RiosRowan UniversityAssistant Professor
2012Damian KostiukSilence: The Reasons Why People May Not CommunicateGlen CameronDivision of Homeland SecurityU.S. Citizen & Immigration Services
2012Joonghwa LeeConjoint analysis for effective use of online video advertising on video sharing websites.Esther ThorsonMiddle Tennessee State UniversityAssistant Professor
2012You LiConverting Cultural Capital to Economic Capital in the Journalism Field: Content Management in the Newspaper BusinessEsther ThorsonOakland UniversityAssistant Professor
2012Adam MakslOn Parents, Peers, Administrators, and Advisers: Developing a System to Understand Self-Censorship of Controversial Topics in the High School PressCharles N. DavisIndiana University SoutheastAssistant Professor
2012Chad PainterWrite On: A 50-Year Analysis of the Role of the Alternative Press in Three CitiesLee WilkinsEastern New Mexico UniversityAssistant Professor
2011Saleem AlhabashPlaying their game: Changing American students' attitudes and stereotypes toward Palestinians and Israelis through video game play.Kevin WiseMichigan State UniversityAssistant Professor
2011Seth AshleyIdeology of the Air: Communication Policy and the Public Interest in the United States and Great Britain, 1896-1935Stephanie CraftBoise State UniversityAssistant Professor
2011Jessica FreemanTuning in to hooking up: an analysis of television's influence on thoughts of hook ups and commitment.Kevin WiseWichita State UniversityInstructor
2011Maria GarciaA Tale of Two Multinationals: The BP and Greenpeace 'Go Green' Conflict in an Era of Green CrisisGlen CameronAmerican University in DubaiAssistant Professor
2011JiYeon JeongMediating and moderating factors that affect health journalists' perceptions of conflict issues.Glen CameronHongik UniversityAssistant Professor
2011Hyunmin LeeBreaking down barriers: Utilizing audiovisual and gain-message frames to attenuate psychological reactance and increase source credibility towards strategic health messages.Glen CameronSt. Louis UniversityAssistant Professor
2011Youngah LeeUniversity reputation management: Experimental study of the influence of identity and image on reputation and behavioral intentions.Glen CameronWesleyan Indiana UniversityAssistant Professor
2011Michael MartinezElectronic media access to the courts: Permission denied.Charles N. DavisUniversity of TennesseeAssistant Professor
2011Hyunjee OhHow the relationship between public health information officers and journalists can affect media agenda-building: A co-orientational approach.Glen CameronHong Kong Baptist UniversityAssistant Professor
2011HyoJung ParkSocial presence and source credibility in blog-mediated crisis communication.Glen CameronLouisiana State UniversityAssistant Professor
2011Mark PoepselThe Mutual Shaping of Technology in a News Establishment: Social Journalism and Organizational ChangeMargaret DuffyLoyola-New Orleans UniversityAssistant Professor
2011Ye WangPromoting Cause Sponsorship on Corporate Websites: Perceived Control of Navigation, Natural Fit, and Created FitShelly RodgersUniversity of Missouri-Kansas CityAssistant Professor
2011Erin WillisEngagement in Online Health Communities: Expressed Attitudes and Self-Efficacy of Arthritis Self-Management BehaviorsShelly RodgersUniversity of MemphisAssistant Professor
2010Petya EcklerElectronic word of mouth in a smoking cessation context: Attitudinal and behavioral effects of valence, extremity and appeal of consumer product review.Shelly RodgersIowa UniversityAssistant Professor
2010Elizabeth GardnerEase the Resistance: The Role of Narrative and Other-Referencing in Attenuating Psychological Reactance to Persuasive Diabetes MessagesGlenn LeshnerTexas Tech UniversityAssistant Professor
2010Chang Dae HamDual processes in persuasion inference: responses to user-generated advertising.Esther ThorsonIllinois UniversityAssistant Professor
2010Kyle HeimThe Boys on the Blogs: Intermedia Agenda Setting in the 2008 U.S. Presidential CampaignWayne WantaSeton Hall UniversityAssistant Professor
2010Hye Hyun HongCommunicating Medical Advances in Television Health News: The Influence of a Human Interest Frame on Audiences' Cognitive and Emotional ResponsesGlen Cameron
2010Adam HornPertinacious Image: Investigating a Dimension of Image Management in Sports Public RelationsGlen CameronUniversity of Central MissouriAssistant Professor
2010Hyo Jung KimIncreasing the Persuasiveness of Gain vs. Loss Framing: The Effects of Gender and Fear Arousal on Processing Gain vs. Loss-Framed Breast Cancer Screening MessagesGlen CameronNanyang Technological UniversityAssistant Professor
2010Anastasia KononovaThe effects of stereotypical depictions of African Americans in Web-based news stories presented in conditions with different levels of distraction.Glenn LeshnerAmerican University of KuwaitAssistant Professor
2010Sun A. ParkProactive environmental risk communication: Multiple publics' evaluation of for-profit corporations' sustainability communication.Glen CameronWest Virginia UniversityAssistant Professor
2010Jeff Pe-AguirreGames of Information: Informational and Normative Influences of Media Structures on the Likelihood of Militarized Interstate DisputesGlen CameronUniversity of Central ArkansasAssistant Professor
2010Summer VinsonWhitewashing Southern Living: the sociocultural significance of the 1966 magazine launch in Birmingham, Ala.Earnest Perry
2009Jonathan GrovesUnderstanding the Change to Integration: An Organizational Analysis of a Mid-Sized NewspaperEarnest PerryDrury UniversityAssistant Professor
2009Youngkee JuNew media's asymmetric response to the economy and its impact on the public perception.Esther ThorsonHallym University
2009Jeesun KimAnger, Efficacy and Identity in Activism: Public Perceptions of Threat Appraisal, Attitudes, and Behavioral IntentionGlen CameronGrand Valley State UniversityAssistant Professor
2009Jeremy LittauThe Virtual Social Capital of Online Communities: Media Use and Motivations as Predictors of Online and Offline Engagement via Six Measures of Community StrengthEsther ThorsonLehigh UniversityAssistant Professor
2009Doreen MarchionniExplicating Journalism as a Conversation: Two Experimental Tests of Online NewsEsther ThorsonPacific Lutheran UniversityVisiting Assistant Professor
2009Hans MeyerThe User-Generated Dilemma: Can the ways in which media organizations publish audience contributions affect the way the audience feels about the site and their intention to contribute?Wayne WantaOhio UniversityAssistant Professor
2009Daxton StewartConstructively Managing Conflict about Open Government: Use of Ombuds and Other Dispute Resolution Systems in State and Federal Sunshine LawsCharles N. DavisTexas Christian UniversityAssistant Professor, Editor in Chief
2008Miglena SternadoriCognitive Processing of News as a Function of Structure: A Comparison Between Inverted Pyramid and ChronologyKevin WiseUniversity of South DakotaAssistant Professor
2008(Yuyan) Ernest ZhangExamining Media Convergence: Does It Converge Good Journalism, Economic Synergies, and Competitive Advantages?Fritz CroppUniversity of MissouriCoordinator