Stan Wearden

Welcome Graduate Student

Dear newly admitted graduate student,
First, congratulations and welcome to the College of Communication and Information (CCI) at Kent State University.

You are here because of your notable qualifications, both professional and academic. Graduate study in the College of Communication and Information will prepare you to take the next step forward in your career by challenging you with high academic rigor and professionally applicable coursework. Our College’s skilled faculty and staff come directly from their respective fields and offer real insight into applying theory to their profession.

You will soon find that the nature of research in our College comes in an array of formats, each at par or beyond the industry standard. Research in the forms of technological innovation and in-depth analysis of human communication, media, design, usability, knowledge and information, are just a few areas our students and faculty explore each semester.

As a graduate student, you will soon be part the College’s constant drive for advancement through research and innovative thinking. This basis of creative thought will provide a world of opportunity for you to explore your own research interests in any of our four schools.

The School of Communication Studies which offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, is nationally recognized for its scholarship. Its students have received national recognition for their talents as speakers and debaters. The school has been named Ohio's distinguished program in communication for 2003-2004 by the Speech Communication Association of Ohio. The School’s esteemed faculty are published widely for the research on topics such as media  

Our School of Journalism and Mass Communication is housed in Franklin Hall, a state-of-the-art facility, is equipped with the Marcus Thomas, LLC Focus Group room, television and radio studio space. JMC students and faculty have been nationally recognized for their excellence in journalism, photography and videography. JMC will release its second full-length film this winter, a comedic musical set in a research lab.

The Tannery, an integrated marketing communication firm staffed by Kent students is home to our Scan Path Usability Lab which conducts user research for clients in northeastern Ohio. The firm works with a diverse array of clients providing design, marketing and communication consulting, all provided by CCI students.

The School of Visual Communication Design is the only graphic design program in the state of Ohio to win both the prestigious Academic Challenge and Program Excellence Grants given by the Ohio Board of Regents. VCD was recently listed in the top three design schools by the British Web site eHow.co.uk.

Finally, the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), an exclusively master’s program, is the largest graduate program in the university, the second largest graduate program of its kind in the United States, and the only accredited program in library and information science in Ohio. SLIS recently launched its new specialization in museum studies and health informatics.

We are thrilled and excited for you to realize your future while you earn a degree and beyond. On behalf of the entire College faculty and staff, we welcome you and wish you all the best in your program of study.

Sincerely,

Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D., Dean, College of Communication and Information

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