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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 – Maura Lamb

    Maura Lamb was born and raised in Knoxville,TN. She attended Milligan College in Johnson City,TN her freshman year, then transferred to UT Sophomore year. She worked at Chick-fil-A for 7 years (started at the age of 14) where she was a supervisor and marketing team member. “What I love about UT is that it is home to me, so close to my best friends growing… Read more »