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The School of Communication Studies aspires to achieve excellence by becoming a global leader for innovative learning, scholarship, and societal engagement with a particular emphasis on interpersonal and organizational communication.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Joan R. Rentsch

    Dr. Joan R. Rentsch earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Psychology with a specialty in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland and her B.S. in Psychology from The Ohio State University. She is a Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Tennessee where she has served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Management. Dr. Rentsch’s expertise is in the psychological… Read more »

Student Spotlight

  • Student Spotlight – Kaitlyn Morehead

    Kaitlyn Morehead is a senior Communication Studies Major with a minor in American Sign Language. As a first generation college student, Kaitlyn was determined and motivated to make every moment in college count. She describes her time at the University of Tennessee as “the greatest, yet most challenging”, years of her life. “UT has taught me to challenge myself in ways I could have never… Read more »