University of Memphis Department of Communication & Film

The U of Memphis COMM Department offers the BA and MA in Communication Studies and Film/Video Produc

One of six departments in the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the Department of Communication includes 19 full-time faculty members, about 50 graduate students (MA and PhD), and 300 undergraduate majors. We offer the undergraduate Communication Studies concentration at the main campus, the Lambuth campus, and online, and the Film & Video Production concentration at the main campus. Our gra

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Congratulations to Dr. Henrietta Giles, who successfully defended her dissertation yesterday. The dissertation project, “Restriction and Resistance: The Power Dynamics of Black Freedom in Haywood County, Tennessee (1940-1965) as Examined Through Oral Narratives and Media,” was co-chaired by Drs. Antonio de Velasco and Katherine Hendrix. Drs. Christina Moss and Earnestine Jenkins were also on the committee.

Congrats, Dr. Giles!


🎓👏 Congratulations to Dr. Karly Poyner-Smith on graduating with your PhD in Communication this past weekend! Best of luck as you embark on your career at Columbia College of Missouri!

🎓👏 Congratulations to Dr. Pierre Vincent on achieving your PhD in Communication! Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors!

🎓👏 Congratulations to Dr. DiArron Morrison on walking this past weekend with your PhD in Communication! Though you graduated in Fall '23, your accomplishment is celebrated anew.

[Image description: From left to right: Dr. Christina Moss, Dr. Karly Poyner-Smith, Dr. DiArron Morrison. Back row from left to right: Dr. Pierre Vincent and Dr. Andre E. Johnson.]


We are so happy to share this news with you and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the degree. You can do either the on campus or online MA degree. If you are looking for the next step after completing the BA, consider this MA as an option to make yourself even more competitive on the job market.


Congratulations to filmmakers Nadia Chase, Bianca Ford, Tayler Bell, and Rex Lindsey on completing their thesis films. We were very lucky to see their fine work this afternoon!


🎬 Exciting News! 🎬

Join us today at 3:00 PM in Theatre 237A for the highly anticipated screening of our film graduate thesis projects! 🍿✨ Don't miss this chance to experience the creativity and talent of our filmmakers.

📅 Date: 5/2/24 🕒 Time: 3:00 PM 📍 Location: Theatre 237A

Spread the word and bring your friends! We can't wait to share our stories with you. See you there! 🎥


Congrats to all the student filmmakers who screened their works last night at Focus Fest! It was a great collection of films. Congrats, too, to the faculty who helped them get there! David Goodman, Elja Roy, Kristen Hill, Roxie Gee, and Marty Lang.

Photos from University of Memphis Department of Communication & Film's post 04/24/2024

Better photos to come from our crack photographer (thanks, William!), but we had a great time celebrating everything that we’ve accomplished this year. Congrats to all the award winners, graduates, and new Lambda Pi Eta members!

Photos from University of Memphis Department of Communication & Film's post 04/24/2024

About to start awards. Gorgeous room with a view and tasty treats. Just need the people now!


Don't forget, tomorrow is the Awards Ceremony.

Africa in April festival pays tribute to Gambia 04/22/2024

We are so proud of the work that retired Communication & Film professor David Acey and his wife Yvonne do for the Memphis community. Happy Africa in April, all!

Africa in April festival pays tribute to Gambia “Everybody got a festival celebrating their own heritage and ethnicity,” David Acey said. “So, our efforts in the early ’60s was to develop something that could get our people into their history and culture.”

Photos from University of Memphis Department of Communication & Film's post 04/16/2024
Photos from University of Memphis Department of Communication & Film's post 04/15/2024

Congratulations to Dr. Wendy Atkins-Sayre, who just published her co-authored book with University of South Carolina Press.

Depictions of Appalachian food culture and practices often romanticize people in the region as good, simple, and, often, white. These stereotypes are harmful to the actual people they are meant to describe as well as to those they exclude. In Hungry Roots: How Food Communicates Appalachia's Search for Resilience, Ashli Quesinberry Stokes and Wendy Atkins-Sayre tell a more complicated story. The authors embark on a cultural tour through food and drinking establishments to investigate regional resilience in and through the plurality of traditions and communities that form the foodways of Southern Appalachia.

Atkins-Sayre previously co-authored Consuming Identity: The Role of Food in Redefining the South with Stokes (University Press of Mississippi) and co-edited City Places, Country Spaces: Rhetorical Explorations of the Urban/Rural Divide (Peter Lang), also with Stokes.

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The College of Communication and Fine Arts is excited to announce the 2nd annual Central to the Arts Festival ( ) on April 6, 2024, at the University of Memphis.

This festival will celebrate and showcase the exceptional talents of our artists and designers within the UofM community.

Moreover, it will shine a spotlight on the remarkable contributions of our community arts organizations to the vibrant cultural landscape of Memphis.

The begins at 10:00 am and wraps up at 2:30 pm with a special Exposé performance by CCFA students at the new Scheidt Family Performing Arts Center.

Admission is absolutely free.


Join Dr. Andre E. Johnson tonight!


Diana’s responsibilities will include: to encourage and cultivate lifelong Waldorf relationships that provide mutual benefit to alumni, students, and the university through active alumni involvement, meaningful communication, and enthusiastic commitment to Waldorf’s mission and vision.


In “Rhetorics of Impurities: ExVangelicalism as Excavating and Encountering Purity,” Poyner-Smith explores purity discourse through the lens of the ExVangelical movement. Using critical mixed methods, Poyner-Smith examines how ExVangelicals use the rhetorical roles of identification, place, and space to critique purity discourse. By formulating and navigating an identity that seeks ways to understand how purity discursively situates the body as place in need of protection from impurities, ExVangelicals create a rhetoric of impurities. In doing so, ExVangelicalism excavates and uncovers purity rhetoric and encounters new ways to engage with the liminality of impurities.

Photos from Southern States Communication Association's post 03/15/2024

Congratulations, Dr. Johnson!


Congratulations Karly!


Don't forget - Film Club!!!


Congratulations to MA Communication alum, Jessie Wiley!

Please join us in congratulating Jessie Wiley, Director of Development and Communications, on being named one of Memphis Business Journal's 40 Under 40! We are grateful for her leadership and guidance, as her work is instrumental in keeping Dixon a place for patrons to engage with arts and culture.

Congratulations, Jessie! We are so proud of you 🎉


Congratulations Dr. Andre E. Johnson!


"Dr. David Stephens is the recipient of the U of M
Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Grant program sponsored by the Division of Research and Innovation. He has been awarded $2500 for Field Work & Archival Research Grant.

Professor Stephens will use these funds to attend the Tonight's Conversation podcast tour--a live podcast show where various social media personalities, as well as the audience, engage in discussions about Black relationships-- as part of a series of articles that explores Black interpersonal, romantic and sexual discourses as presented through new media platforms."

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