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Upcoming Events

Faculty & Graduate Scholarship Research Week

April 25 - 29, 2016

This spring, the Diederich College of Communication will hold a week-long celebration of faculty and graduate research and professional work. Be sure to watch for new videos that will feature key research and artistic work from our professors in strategic communication, journalism, communication studies, media studies and theatre arts. The annual scholarship symposium will be on Thursday, April 28. Check out the schedule of events and guest speakers here.

Research Symposium

April 28, 2016

To celebrate faculty scholarship and creative work, a full day of events is planned for Thursday, April 28. We kick off with the results of the undergraduate poster competition on the 5th floor of Johnston Hall at 11:30 a.m. The competition will be followed by graduate alumni speaker Dr. Joshua Frye and a professional keynote address from Lisa Osburne Ross. Both speeches will take place in the Eisenberg Room at 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively. See our dedicated webpage for the full details.

Graduation Ceremony

May 22, 2016

Graduation is upon us! The graduation ceremony for the Diederich College of Communication will follow the university commencement on Sunday, May 22. The ceremony for our college will take place in the Cooley Auditorium at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) at 12 p.m. Visit our graduation webpage for additional details on ordering tickets and announcements. Faculty and staff would also like to extend our sincere congratulations to all of our graduates.

Big Ideas

Welcome, Dr. Kimo Ah Yun!

The Diederich College of Communication is proud to welcome Dr. Kimo Ah Yun as our new dean. Dr. Ah Yun has been the associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Sacramento since 2012, and he previously served as the department chair of Communication Studies, as well as the director for the university's Center for Teaching and Learning. He has received numerous top awards for his research papers, and he is an expert in interpersonal communication, instructional communication and social influence.


Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our new dean! We look forward to Dr. Ah Yun's leadership, and we are excited for him to start his new position on July 1. He has exciting plans for our college, which you can read about in his interview with our very own MU Wire.

Michael Beiermeister Wins a WBA Student Leadership Award

On February 27, faculty member Barbara Volbrecht had the honor of presenting a Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Student Leadership Award to Michael Beiermeister, one of her very own students. In her letter of recommendation to the WBA, Volbrecht noted that as the sports director at MUTV, Michael has worked tirelessly to increase coverage of student-produced shows. While sports broadcasting is a fast-paced industry, Michael takes time to create in-depth features and help other students learn valuable reporting, directing and producing skills. In addition to mentoring fellow students, Michael is working to take the station to Flagship status for Marquette Club Hockey and pursuing more live streaming of Marquette Lacrosse games. Other WBA Student Awards for Excellence included MUTV, MU Radio, and the Marquette Wire.

Undergraduate to Present Research at Upcoming Conference

Courtney Powers, a senior in the Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's program, has uncovered potentially groundbreaking research. She wrote a prospectus for a paper on the subject of how the nature of relationships are evolving due to self-disclosure on social media. Powers believes that relations are moving more quickly from non-intimate to intimate levels since social media users are revealing more about themselves online. Her professors recognized that Courtney's proposed research would generate interest in her field and encouraged her to submit her findings. They were right: she has been selected to present her paper on her proposed research at the Central States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Research Conference (UHRC) this April.

MU Theatre Production Gains Regional Recognition

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival has selected Marquette University's "Theatre and Social Justice Production" of To Kill a Mockingbird to perform at their regional festival. In January and February each each year, the Center's festivals offer awards, workshops, and a symposia, while recognizing the best competing productions from eight different regions. To Kill a Mockingbird was adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel and co-sponsored by Rid Racism Milwaukee, a group of organizations dedicated to breaking down racial inequalities though dialogue, advocacy and action.

Communication Disciplines: One College Eight Majors

As an undergraduate, you can choose from eight majors, from creative advertising and digital media arts to the strategic disciplines of corporate communication and communication studies. If you have an investigative skill set, you might enjoy journalism or media studies, whereas strong problem solvers often find their niche in public relations. And finally, actors, directors, and technicians gravitate to theatre arts, where they can perform center stage or work behind the scenes.


You may also enroll in our Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Program that allows you to choose any of these majors and earn both your bachelor's degree and a master's degree in just five years.

Faculty Dedicated to Education and Research

From Strategic Communication to Theatre and Performing Arts, Diederich College of Communication faculty brings a wide range of theoretical and artistic skills to the classroom, while seamlessly weaving ethical and social justice considerations into conversations.


Dedicated to excellence in education, faculty members regularly attend conferences and teaching symposiums to further their own development as researchers and educators. Taking a collaborative approach, they readily share what they've learned with the college.


Meet the faculty here, learn what called them to Marquette, and see what their research is all about.