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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. 

Meet our New Faculty in CMST

Jenny Crowley, Ph.D. 

Jenny Crowley has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa (2017) where she served as a graduate instructor in the Department of Communication Studies from 2015-2017. The title of her dissertation is: “The effects of support provider identity and locus of supportive message in the context of stigma.” Her primary area of specialization is interpersonal communication with specific research interests in stigma and supportive communication. 

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Violanti Receives 2017 CCI Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award

Associate Professor 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. 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.