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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. 


Charles J. McClung Speech Contest

UT Students to Take Part in the Largest Speech Competition in the SoutheastKNOXVILLE—The semiannual McClung Public Speaking Contest will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building, 1408 Middle Drive. The event, hosted by the School of Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the largest public speaking competition in the Southeast. More than 900 UT students are currently enrolled in Communication Studies 210 Public Speaking. These students were asked to prepare informative speeches with an international focus in keeping with the university’s Ready for the World initiative.

CCI’s Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award

This is a note to announce that Michelle Violanti (CMST) has been selected by UT’s Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) to receive CCI’s Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award. To be eligible for the award, faculty members must have been nominated by multiple undergraduate students, and at least one of those students must have presented at EURēCA. Please join me in congratulating Michelle and in thanking her for her excellent work with our undergraduate students! Congratulations Dr. Michelle Violanti!!!!!

CMST Club Successful Moe's Percentage Night

MoesKnoxville, TN- Tuesday, September 27, 2016, CMST Club hosted their first Percentage night. Moe’s Southwest Grill on Cumberland generously hosted the student organization by donating 10% of proceeds to the CMST scholarship and philanthropy.

A percentage night is when an organization joins a restaurant for a joint effort in raising money. A night is selected and school community members are invited to eat at the restaurant during the set time period.

CMST Masters students to present at The Thomas C. Dowden International Conference: Media and the Public Sphere 2016,

Athens, Georgia- October 21-22, 2016 CMST Masters students Elizabeth Hurst and Joshua Cunningham will be presenting at an International conference at the University of Georgia.

The Thomas C. Dowden International Conference: Media and the Public Sphere 2016, Empowered Audiences in the Digital Age will bring together communication experts in media, audience studies, audience research, journalism, advertising, and related fields to discuss a broad range of topics related to audiences, the media, and the public sphere.