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Communication Studies Faculty

Among the Communication Studies faculty are top-notch scholars, researchers, and practitioners. We understand communication to matter in creating the world we want to see, and know that our support of students is essential in that world-building. We recognize the many perspectives our students bring into the classroom, and we seek to cultivate a curiosity and drive that leads to success.

Randall Auxier, Professor

Communication Studies

Randall Auxier was educated in the philosophy departments of the University of Memphis (B.A. 1986 and M.A. 1988) and Emory University (MA 1991 and Ph.D, 1992). His specialization in semiotics and symbol theory prepared him for a career spanning from extensive work in logic and metaphysics to popular culture and practical ethics, all based on symbolic and semiotic systems.



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Randall Auxier

Office: Comm Bldg, Room 2242
Phone: 618-453-1882
Email: personalist61@gmail.com

Nilanjana R. Bardhan, Professor

Communication Studies

Nilanjana R. Bardhan is a Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has a B.A. (honors) from Lady Shriram College for Women at Delhi University in English literature and philosophy (1991), an M.S.J. from the E.W Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, in public relations and advertising (1994), and a Ph.D. also from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, in international/intercultural communication, media studies and public relations (1998). Her teaching and research interests include intercultural/international communication, public relations and critical media and cultural studies.



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Nilanjana R. Bardhan

Office: Comm Bldg, Room 2250
Phone: 618-453-1891
Email: bardhan@siu.edu

Craig L. Engstrom, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor

Communication Studies

Craig L. Engstrom is an Associate Professor of Business and certified Association Professional in Talent Development. He teaches courses in business communication, organizational communication, leadership, and social media. He is the director of undergraduate studies for the school.



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Craig L. Engstrom

Office: Comm Bldg, Room 2249
Phone: 618-453-8114
Email: craig.engstrom@siu.edu

Craig Gingrich-Philbrook, Professor

Communication Studies

Craig Gingrich-Philbrook is a Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He received his B.A. from California State University in English with a creative writing emphasis (1986), an M.A. from California State University in information and communication studies with an interpersonal and organizational communication emphasis (1988) and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Speech Communication with an emphasis in performance studies (1994).



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Craig Gingrich-Philbrook

Office: Comm Bldg, Room 2002Q
Phone: 618-453-1883
Email: craiggp@siu.edu

Todd Graham, Director of Debate

Communication Studies

Todd Graham is the Director of the Saluki Debate Team in the School of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He received his B.A. from Missouri Southern State College in Communication (1987), his M.A. from Kansas State University in Speech Communication (1990) and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Communication (2000).



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Todd Graham

Office: Comm Bldg, Room 2244
Phone: 618-453-5090
Email: tgraham@siu.edu

Jonathan M. Gray, Associate Professor

Communication Studies

Jonathan Gray is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in Speech Communication and Dramatic Arts (1987), his M.A. from the University of North Carolina in Speech Communication (1990) and his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Speech Communication (1999). Dr. Gray’s interests include activist rhetoric and protests, nature writing and performative writing, and cultural criticism.



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Jonathan M. Gray

Office: Comm Bldg, Room 2240
Phone: 618-453-7570
Email: jmgray@siu.edu

Joshua Houston, Senior Lecturer

Communication Studies

Joshua Houston is a Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He received his B.A. in Communication from Culver-Stockton College (1996) and his M.A. in Public Communication and Broadcasting from Western Illinois University (1998). His special interests include the study of public relations in sports, as well as public relations ethics.



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Sandy Pensoneau-Conway, Chair, Associate Professor

Communication Studies

Sandy Pensoneau-Conway is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received a B.S. (cum laude) in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1999), an M.S. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2001), and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2006).



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Sandra Pensoneau-Conway

Office: Comm Bldg, Room 2002
Phone: 618-453-2291
Email: sandypc@siu.edu

Rebecca Walker, Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor

Communication Studies

Rebecca Walker is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of North Texas, both in the area of Communication Studies with an emphasis in performance studies (1998; 2004), and her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Communication Studies with an emphasis in performance studies (2011).



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Rebecca Walker

Office: Comm Bldg, Room 2002J
Phone: 618-453-1885
Email: r.walker@siu.edu

Justin Young, Assistant Lecturer

Communication Studies

Justin R. Young is an Assistant Lecturer in Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He received his B.S. in Electronic Journalism from Murray State University (2002) and his M.S. in Mass Communication also from Murray State University (2003).



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Justin Young

Office: Comm Bldg, Room 2209
Email: justin.young@siu.edu