Jun 13, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Leadership Communication

207 Leadership Studies

Leadership Communication is an interdisciplinary graduate program that is managed with these units: Communications and Agricultural Education Department, Communication Studies, and the Mary Lynn and Warren Staley School of Leadership Studies.  

Director of Leadership Communication:

Tim Steffensmeier

Graduate Faculty:

*Lauri Baker, Ph.D. University of Florida
*Soumia Bardhan, Ph.D. University of New Mexico
*Raluca Cozma, Ph.D., Louisiana State University
*Jason Ellis, Ph.D. Iowa State University
*Soo-Hye Han, Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin
*Brandon Kliewer, Ph.D.  University of Georgia
*Colene Lind, Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin
*Nikhil Moro, Ph.D., Ohio State University
*Nancy Muturi, Ph.D., University of Iowa
*Sam Mwangi, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
*Gregory Paul, Ph.D. Texas A&M University
*Kerry Priest, Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
David Procter, Ph.D. University of Nebraska, Lincoln
*Steven Smethers, Ph.D., University of Missouri
*Tim Shaffer, Ph.D. Cornell University
*Tim Steffensmeier, Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin
*Alec Tefertiller, Ph.D., University of Oregon
*Mary Tolar, Ph.D. Kansas State University
*Jonathan Ulmer, Ph.D. University of Missouri, Columbia
*Andrew Wefald, Ph.D. Kansas State University
*Heather Woods, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
*Xiaochen Angela Zhang, Ph.D., University of Florida

*Denotes graduate faculty that are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students

Program Overview

The Leadership Communication doctoral program is an interdisciplinary research degree grounded in community-engaged scholarship. This degree is rooted in the theories and methods of leadership, communication, and other areas of inquiry related to collaborative change. Through the study and practice of leading change, students will produce original research that contributes to making progress on the most difficult challenges of our times.


Our students bring a variety of academic backgrounds, professional experience, and civic interests to this program. Strong candidates for this doctoral program are committed to:

  • Engaging with others to leverage diverse perspectives
  • Developing capacities to conduct original research, convene stakeholders, and facilitate change processes
  • Enhancing careers with foundations, NGOs, corporations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies

Application procedures require:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Two writing samples

Additional Graduate School regulations apply to applicants from outside of the United States.


    Doctor of Philosophy