School of Journalism and Communication

Juan-Carlos Molleda, Dean
217 Allen Hall
1275 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1275

The School of Journalism and Communication offers programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Undergraduate students major in the following: journalism, journalism: advertising, journalism: media studies, or journalism: public relations. The school also offers minors in media studies and science communication, and participates in four interdisciplinary programs: the major in cinema studies, the major in general social science, the certificate in film studies, and the minor in multimedia.

Master’s degree majors are advertising and brand responsibility, journalism, communication and media studies, multimedia journalism, and strategic communication.

The doctoral program in communication and media studies develops scholars and teachers who can critically examine questions of communication and society from many perspectives.

The school, which started as a department in 1912 and became a professional school in 1916, is one of the oldest journalism schools in the United States and one of the most broadly conceived. It is accredited by the national Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

The school’s faculty members are scholars and researchers who combine academic background with professional experience in their teaching fields. Among them are copywriters, designers, and advertising agency executives; newspaper reporters and editors; public relations executives; broadcast journalists and documentarians; communication researchers; photojournalists; magazine writers and editors; Pulitzer Prize winners and Page Legacy Scholars; New York Times columnists; and award-winning researchers. The faculty’s influence extends beyond the university campus through scholarly and professional publication, consulting, creative design, documentary filmmaking, radio and multimedia production, and textbooks and trade books in such areas as advertising, language skills, ethics, literary nonfiction, international public relations, information gathering, media criticism and history, reporting, visual communication, political communication, public relations writing, graphic arts, magazine writing, and public broadcasting.

The school’s George S. Turnbull Portland Center at the White Stag Block offers a gateway to the state’s media center. Academic programs include the Portland-based master’s degree programs in multimedia journalism and strategic communication, public lectures, Internet programs, regional and national academic conferences, and professional development programs. Current information on the center’s programs is available on the school’s website.

General Information

The School of Journalism and Communication occupies Eric W. Allen Hall, named in memory of the school’s first dean. Allen Hall underwent a major renovation in 2012 that updated all facilities and added 18,000 square feet of space. Included in the renovation is an open and collaborative digital commons that provides students with 24-hour access to the school’s computer labs during academic terms. Fully equipped laboratories support writing, editing, design, video and audio, digital photography, mobile media, and web production. The school’s Carolyn S. Chambers Electronic Media Center houses video and audio production facilities, and the Student Services Center supports academic-, internship-, and career-advising services for journalism and communication students. The atrium is filled with course-related activities, student meetings, and special events throughout the year. The school receives the newspaper services of the Associated Press. Knight Library, the main branch of the university’s library system, houses an extensive collection of the literature of journalism and communication.

Diversity and Freedom of Expression

The goal of building greater social, political, cultural, economic, and intellectual diversity among students and members of the faculty and staff as well as in our curriculum, public scholarship, and communities is central to the school’s mission: to prepare professional communicators, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens for a global society. The promotion and practice of freedom of expression and intellectual inquiry across an evolving media environment are integral to the school’s long and proud tradition of academic excellence. Discrimination of any kind, disrespect for others, or inequity in educational opportunity are unacceptable.

Code of Conduct

Students enrolled in the School of Journalism and Communication as well as its faculty, staff, and administrators are expected to meet the highest standards of conduct as defined in the school and university codes of conduct and relevant professional codes of ethics. The school reserves the right to deny admission or graduation of a student found to be in violation of these codes.

Minor in Multimedia

Through the multimedia minor, undergraduates study print, time-based, and interactive digital arts; web programming, digital imaging, writing for multimedia, and digital audio and sound design. The interdisciplinary program spans the School of Art and Design, Department of Computer Science, School of Journalism and Communication, and the School of Music and Dance.

More information is available in the Minor in Multimedia section of this catalog under the Department of Art.

Certificate in Film Studies

School of Journalism and Communication courses on media production and industries, film history, music, genres, and other topics emphasizing the aesthetic aspects of film may be applied to the requirements for the certificate in film studies.

More information is available in the Cinema Studies Program section of this catalog under the College of Arts and Sciences.

General Social Science Major

Courses from the School of Journalism and Communication and other professional schools can apply to the multidisciplinary major in general social science.

More information is available in the General Social Science Program section of this catalog under the College of Arts and Sciences.

Digital Technical Services

Students have access to technical support for computer issues at the help desk in 319 Allen Hall. In 113 Allen Hall, video and photo production equipment is available for checkout to students enrolled in designated courses in those areas. 

The School of Journalism and Communication expects students to have regular and reliable access to a laptop computer. Instructors specify technology expectations on the first day of class, in the class syllabus, or both. Some instructors require a laptop for the entire class or just part of the class; some require that no laptops be present in class.


More than $500,000 in scholarships, ranging from $300 to $10,000, are offered by the School of Journalism and Communication with the support of endowments and contributions. Applications are available on the school’s website.

Undergraduate Student Services

Information about undergraduate admission and degree requirements, advising materials, sample programs, internships, and careers is available on the school’s website. The office of the director of student services is in 134A Allen Hall.

Graduate Programs Manager

Information about graduate admission and degree requirements is available on the school's website. The office of the graduate programs manager is 134G Allen Hall.


Jesse Abdenour, assistant professor (news processes and production, documentary, investigative journalism). BS, 1999, Ohio; MA, 2010, Arkansas; PhD, 2015, North Carolina. (2015)

Shan Anderson, senior instructor (advertising, digital publishing, visual design). BFA, 1991, Oregon. (2014)

Steven Asbury, instructor I (visual communications, design, advertising). BS, 1997, Oregon. (2014)

Thomas H. Bivins, John L. Hulteng Chair in Media Ethics and Responsibility; professor (communication ethics, communication history). BA, 1974, MFA, 1976, Alaska, Anchorage; PhD, 1982, Oregon. (1985)

Marquis E. Blaine, professor of practice (multimedia journalism, feature writing). BJ, 1993, Missouri, Columbia; MS, 2000, Oregon. (2003)

Mitchell Block, professor (documentary & film studies). BFA, 1972, NYU; MFA, 1973, NYU; MBA, 1974, Columbia. (2020).

Derek Brandow, instructor. (2018)

Charles Butler, instructor I (magazines, narrative nonfiction, sports journalism). BA, 1985, MS, 1999, Columbia. (2016)

Christopher Chávez, associate professor (advertising, popular culture, media studies and globalization). BS, 1993, California State Polytechnic, Pomona; MA, 1995, MA, 2006, PhD, 2009, Southern California. (2012)

Dayna Chatman, assistant professor (race, gender, and media; television studies; social media). BA, 2005, Saint Mary’s College of California; MA, 2012, Illinois, Chicago; MA, 2013, PhD, 2016, Southern California. (2018)

Alexandra Segre Cohen, assistant professor (science communication -- environmental focus). BA, 2016, Clark University; PhD, 2022, Southern California. (2022)

Amanda Cote, assistant professor (media studies, identity, game studies). BA, 2010, Virginia; PhD, 2016, Michigan, Ann Arbor. (2018).

Nicole Smith Dahmen, associate professor (visual communication). BGS, 1997, MMC, 2001, Louisiana State; PhD, 2007, North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (2014)

Donna Davis, associate professor (strategic communication, public relations, virtual worlds); director, Strategic Communication Program. BA, 1981, MS, 2005, PhD, 2010, Florida. (2011)

Nicole (Nikki) Dunsire, instructor. (2021)

Andrew DeVigal, professor of practice (media innovation, community engagement, experience design); Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement. BS, 1993, San Francisco. (2014)

Troy R. Elias, associate professor (advertising, race and ethnicity, information and communication technology); director, advertising. BS, 2004, Claflin; MA, 2006, PhD, 2009, Ohio State. (2014)

David Ewald, professor of practice (advertising, brand innovation); BS, 2001. (2019)

Maxwell Foxman, assistant professor (game studies, gamification, immersive media). BA, 2007, Columbia; MA, 2012, New York; MPhil, 2015, PhD, 2018, Columbia. (2018)

Torsten Kjellstrand, professor of practice (photojournalism, multimedia and visual journalism). BA, 1984, Carleton College; MA, 1997, Missouri, Columbia. (2013)

Kathryn Kuttis, instructor I (cultural and media studies, visual design, representation). BA, 1995, Drew; MLA, 2010, Oregon. (2014)

Peter D. Laufer, James N. Wallace Chair of Journalism: News-Editorial; professor (long-form journalism, radio journalism, international journalism). MA, 1986, American; PhD, 2009, Leeds Metropolitan. (2010)

Regina Lawrence, professor (political communication, civic engagement, journalism innovation); Associate Dean, George S. Turnbull Portland Center and Agora Journalism Center. MA, Colorado, 1996; PhD, Washington, 1996. (2015)

Taeho Lee, assistant professor (strategic communication, communication ethics, media law). BA, 2005, Seoul National; JD, 2009, Emory; PhD, 2017, North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (2017)

Seth C. Lewis, Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media; professor; director, journalism. BS, 2002, Brigham Young; MBA, 2005, Barry; PhD, 2010, Texas, Austin. (2016)

Ed Madison, associate professor (multimedia journalism, digital publishing, media entrepreneurship). BS, 1979, Emerson College; PhD, 2012, Oregon. (2012)

David Markowitz, assistant professor (language, deception, computational social science). BSc, 2010, MSc, 2015, Cornell; PhD, 2018, Stanford. (2018)

Gabriela Martinez, professor (electronic media, international communication, Latin American studies); director, Journalism Master’s Program. BA, 1999, MA, 2000, San Francisco State; PhD, 2005, Oregon. (2005)

Kelli I. Matthews, senior instructor (public relations, strategic communication, social media). BA, 2001, MA, 2004, Oregon. (2011)

Tom McDonnell, professor of practice (advertising). BS, 1982, Oregon. (2014)

Todd Milbourn, senior instructor I (investigative reporting, journalism innovation, news literacy). BA, 2001, Minnesota, Minneapolis; MBA, 2014, Oregon. (2016)

Daniel L. Miller, associate professor (video production, documentary film and video). BS, 1983, MS, 1986, PhD, 1994, Oregon. (2001)

Juan-Carlos Molleda, professor; Edwin L. Artzt Dean. BS, 1990, Zulia; MS, 1997, Radford; PhD, 2000, South Carolina. (2016)

Daniel D. "Dan" Morrison, senior instructor (photojournalism, multimedia and visual journalism). BA, 1984, MPA, 1994, Texas, Austin. (2010)

Deborah K. Morrison, associate dean for undergraduate affairs; Carolyn Silva Chambers Distinguished Professor in Advertising (advertising and brand creativity, creative process, social responsibility). BA, 1978, Sam Houston State; MA, 1984, PhD, 1988, Texas, Austin. (2006)

Dean E. Mundy, associate professor (public relations, media framing); director, public relations. BA, 1996, MA, 2006, PhD, 2010, North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (2014)

Courtney Munther, senior instructor I (nonprofit communication, fundraising, strategic public relations writing). BA, 2004, Smith; MA, 2012, Nebraska, Lincoln. (2014)

Seungahn Nah, professor (political communication, journalism sociology, global communication); associate dean, graduate affairs. BA, 1997, MA, 1999, Yonsei; PhD, 2006, Wisconsin, Madison. (2017).

Bryce Newell, assistant professor (media studies, media law and policy); BS, 2006; JD, 20010, UC Davis; PhD, 2015, University of Washington. (2019) 

Julianne H. Newton, professor (visual communication, photojournalism, communication ethics). BA, 1970, Baylor; MA, 1983, PhD, 1991, Texas, Austin. (2000)

Sylvester Senyo Ofori-Parku, professor of practice (consumer insights and strategy, corporate sustainability, consumer behavior). BA, 2003, Cape Coast; MA, 2010, Ghana; PhD, 2015, Oregon. (2017)

Sung J. Park, senior instructor (photojournalism, multimedia journalism). BS, 1991, MFA, 2010, Syracuse. (2010)

Ellen Peters, professor (Philip H. Knight Chair of Science Communication and director of the science and communication research [SCR]); BS/BSE, 1989; MS, 1994, University of Oregon; PhD, 1998, University of Oregon. (2019)

Lisa Peyton, instructor. (2021)

Whitney Phillips, assistant professor (digital platforms and ethics). BA, 2004, Humboldt State; MFA, 2007, Emerson College; PhD, 2012, University of Oregon (2022)

Danny Pimentel, assistant professor (immersive media psychology). BS, Florida; MS, Florida International, 2014; PhD, 2020, Florida. (2020)

Donnalyn Pompper, professor (public relations, corporate social responsibility, critical race and feminist studies). BA, 1983, Rowan; MJ, 1994, PhD, 2001, Temple. (2017)

Wes Pope, associate professor (multimedia journalism). BA, 1996, Washington (Seattle); MA, 2010, Syracuse. (2012) 

Damian Radcliffe, Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism; professor of practice (community journalism, trends in social media and technology, media business models). BA, 1998, MA, 2009, Oxford. (2015)

Biswarup "Bish" Sen, associate professor (communication studies, global media, television studies). BA, 1975, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata; MA, 1982, Ohio State; PhD, 1990, Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. (2010)

Autumn Shafer, associate professor (health communication, communication campaign testing and evaluation, media psychology). BA, 2000, MA, 2003, Washington State; PhD, 2011, North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (2015)

Lori Shontz, senior instructor (writing and reporting, sports journalism, community engagement). BS, 1991, MEd 2013, Pennsylvania State. (2014)

Hollie Smith, assistant professor (science and environmental communication); associate director science and communication research (SCR). BS, 2007, Southern Utah; MA, 2010, Washington State; PhD, 2014, Maine. (2018)

Gretchen Soderlund, associate professor (media history, gender and media); director, media studies. BA, 1993, Virginia Commonwealth; PhD, 2002, Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. (2013)

H. Leslie Steeves, professor (diversity and media, development communication and social change); senior associate dean, academic affairs. BS, 1971, Vermont; MS, 1974, PhD, 1980, Wisconsin, Madison. (1987)

Paul Swangard, instructor. (2019)

Brent Walth, assistant professor (journalism). BS, 1984, Oregon; MFA, 2012, Warren Wilson College. (2007)

Janet Wasko, Philip H. Knight Chair; professor (communication studies, political economy of communication); director, media studies. BA, 1973, MA, 1974, California State; PhD, 1980, Illinois. (1986)

Henry Wear, assistant professor (public relations, sports communication); BS, 2008; MS, 2014, University of Kansas; PhD, 2017, University of South Carolina. (2019)

Kyu Ho Youm, Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair; professor (communication law, international law, news-editorial). BA, 1980, Konkuk; MA, 1982, PhD, 1985, Southern Illinois; MSL, 1998, Yale; MSt, 2006, Oxford. (2002)

Will Yurman, instructor (digital video news/broad cast production). BA, 1983, State University of New York, Albany. (2022)


Patricia A. Curtin, professor (international public relations, research methods, culture and identity). AB, 1977, Earlham College; MA, 1991, PhD, 1996, Georgia. (2006)

Rebecca G. Force, professor emerita. BA, 1968, Vassar College. (1996)

Charles F. Frazer, professor emeritus. AB, 1968, Rutgers; MA, 1972, Fairfield; PhD, 1976, Illinois. (1990)

Timothy W. Gleason, professor (communication ethics, communication law, news-editorial). BA, 1980, State University of New York, Empire State; MA, 1983, PhD, 1986, Washington (Seattle). (1987)

Lauren J. Kessler, professor emerita. BSJ, 1971, Northwestern; MS, 1975, Oregon; PhD, 1980, Washington (Seattle). (1980)

David Koranda, professor of practice (advertising campaigns, media planning, strategic planning). BA, 1970, Wilkes; BS, 1978, Oregon. (2001)

Scott R. Maier, professor (investigative journalism, computer-assisted reporting, quantitative methods); director, journalism area. BA, 1977, Oberlin; MA, 1989, Southern California; PhD, 2000, North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (2000)

Ann C. Maxwell, associate professor emerita. BA, 1973, MA, 1975, California State, Fullerton; PhD, 2008, Pacifica Graduate Institute. (1986)

Duncan L. McDonald, professor emeritus. BS, 1966, Ohio; MS, 1972, Oregon. (1975)

Debra L. Merskin, professor (communication studies; gender, race, and media; media and society). BA, 1983, South Florida, Tampa; MLA, 1989, South Florida, St. Petersburg; PhD, 1993, Syracuse. (1993)

Karl J. Nestvold, professor emeritus. BS, 1954, Wyoming; MS, 1960, Oregon; PhD, 1972, Texas, Austin. (1961)

Jon Palfreman, professor emeritus. BS, 1971, University College, London; MS, 1972, Sussex; PhD, 2005, Glamorgan. (2006)

Stephen E. Ponder, associate professor emeritus. B.A., 1964, Washington (Seattle); MA, 1975, George Washington; PhD, 1985, Washington (Seattle). (1985)

Deanna M. Robinson, professor emerita. BA, 1964, MA, 1972, PhD, 1974, Oregon. (1976)

John T. Russial, associate professor (news-editorial, organizational change, technology studies). BA, 1973, Lehigh; MA, 1975, Syracuse; PhD, 1989, Temple. (1992)

William E. Ryan II, associate professor emeritus. BA, 1964, Loras; MA, 1975, EdD, 1991, South Dakota. (1987)

Kim Sheehan, professor (advertising, consumer research and behavior, sustainability communication); coordinator, Honors Program. BS, 1980, Northwestern; MBA, 1993, Boston University; PhD, 1998, Tennessee, Knoxville. (1998)

Ronald E. Sherriffs, professor emeritus. BA, 1955, MA, 1957, San Jose State; PhD, 1964, Southern California. (1965)

James R. Upshaw, professor emeritus. BA, 1962, San Diego State. (1992)

William B. Willingham, associate professor emeritus. AB, 1957, MA, 1963, Indiana. (1965)

The date in parentheses at the end of each entry is the first year on the University of Oregon faculty.