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    Ph.D. HandbooDOCTORATE IN COMMUNICATI

    2012-2013 ACADEMIC YE

    GeorgiaStateUniversit

    Moving Image Studies

    Media and Society

    Rhetoric and Politics

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    To Prospective Ph.D. StudentsFROM THE CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION

    On behalf of my colleagues in the Georgia State University Department of Communication, I thank you foryour interest in our doctoral program and encourage you to be in contact with our faculty. In the pastdecade we've made tremendous strides, and I hope youll carefully consider what we have to offer. Thishandbook is not designed as a recruiting document, but I think youll find it will help inform your choicessince it includes detailed information about the policies governing doctoral activity.

    Since we received University System of Georgia approval to offer the Communication doctorate more than adecade ago, our doctoral population has grown to roughly 50 full time students and wehave graduated (and in every case, placed into academic employment) seven classes. Thedoctoral programs rhetoric and politics sequence was ranked in the nations top twenty,and our overall program rated as a top fiveup and coming endeavor, both in theNational Communication Associations 2004 ratings, which remain the most recent. GSUcommunication programs also fared well in the recently released National ResearchCouncil doctoral program assessments. The majority of our doctoral students receive fullassistantship support ($15,000 annual stipend, tuition waivers for all terms, discountedaccess to health insurance, and yearly professional development funds).

    The program is track organized, each of which receive strong support (by number, facultyand students are roughly evenly connected with each). TheMoving Image Studiestrackcoordinates extensive faculty research relating to film, new media, television, and cultural

    studies, and also connects to faculty who work in the digital production and performanceareas. TheMedia & Societytrack coordinates the extensive research activities of faculty atwork on mass communication, audience research, and international communication. TheRhetorical Studiestrack coordinates scholarship on political discourse, public address,rhetorical theory, and social movement scholarship. All tracks connect to major departmental grantingactivity and research centers, and beyond the roughly forty graduate faculty currently on staff, we arecontinuing to implement a hiring plan that will add more in the coming years. The result is a program wellorganized to provide you with strong mentorship and support for your professional development.

    At the heart of our work is a community of exceptionally talented faculty who often combine extensiveprofessional experience with cutting edge academic research. In the 2012-2013 academic year we are pleasedto announce that we are being joined by four additional faculty members. Linda Fowler(Ph.D., Florida StateUniversity) is a communication disorders scholar; she will enrich our partnership with colleagues in theCollege of Education as we expand support for students in communication sciences careers. Tony Lemieux

    (Ph.D., University of Connecticut) is a social psychologist with a long and successful record of publication inpublic health; Tony will anchor the departments leadership of an interdisciplinary team at work oncommunication and transcultural conflict resolution. Colleen McEdwards(Ph.D., Northcentral University)is a scholar of communication pedagogy and new technology, and joins the university after a quartercentury-long career in broadcast journalism, most recently at CNN International. And Ethan Tussey(Ph.D.,UC-Santa Barbara), a media industries scholar, will help cement the universitys relationships with theregions media industries. They will join other scholars at work on a wide range of academic endeavors,including ongoing initiatives to train journalists in the Arab and Asian worlds, to work with underservedhigh school students in the metro-Atlanta area to develop critical thinking and oral advocacy skills, to betterunderstand media effects and the role played by the media in stereotyping, to investigate media history, andmany more. Thanks to support from the University President and Provost, we are anchoring majorinterdisciplinary initiatives in New and Emerging Mediaand Transcultural Conflict Resolution.

    I hope youll take some time to explore our website (communication.gsu.edu) and to arrange to meet with thegraduate director supervising the program in which you have an interest (Dr. Mary Stuckey,mstuckey@gsu.edu, oversees the Media & Society and Rhetorical Studies tracks; Dr. Angelo Restivo,arestivo@gsu.edu, oversees the Moving Image Studies track).

    Dr. David CheshierAssociate Professor / ChairDepartment of Communication

    FALL 2012

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    Table of ContentsPh.D. HANDBOOK

    Introduction ............................................................................................................................. 1

    Applying to the Program ...................................................................................................... 2

    Doctoral Program Flowchart ............................................................................................... 3

    Administrative Information

    Departmental Administration ................................................................................. 4Registration ................................................................................................................. 4Special Authorization .............. .............. .............. ............... .............. .............. ........... 4Time Limits ................................................................................................................. 4Changing Programs .................................................................................................. 5

    Active/Inactive Status .............................................................................................. 5Required GPA ............................................................................................................ 5Yearly Evaluation Meetings ..................................................................................... 5Scholastic Termination .............. ............... .............. .............. .............. .............. ......... 6Residency Requirement ............................................................................................ 6Application for Graduation ...................................................................................... 6Additional Resources ................................................................................................ 6

    Departmental Information

    Important Phone Numbers ...................................................................................... 7Important Dates ......................................................................................................... 7Internet Resources ..................................................................................................... 7COMM-GRADS: Internet Mailing List for Graduate Students ................... ...... 8

    Graduate Assistantships ........................................................................................... 8Fellowships ................................................................................................................. 9Transfer Credit ......................................................................................................... 10Support for Academic Presentations .................................................................... 10

    Degree Requirements ......................................................................................................... 11

    Description of Program

    SARI Responsible Conduct of Research Requirement ....................................... 14Doctoral Professional Seminar/Doctoral Writing Seminar .............................. 14Communication Pedagogy ..................................................................................... 15Area of Emphasis (27-30 Hours)............................................................................ 15Research Tools (Minimum of 9-12 Hours) ........................................................... 15

    Dissertation Research (21 Hours) .......................................................................... 16

    Advising .................................................................................................................................. 17

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    Comprehensive Examination

    Composition of the Examining Committee ........................................................ 19Nature of the Examination .................................................................................... 19Evaluation of the Written Examination ............................................................... 20

    Evaluation of the Oral Examination ..................................................................... 21

    Dissertation

    Guidelines for Dissertation Research .................................................................. 23Prior to Enrollment in COMM 9999 ..................................................................... 23Selecting a Dissertation Committee ...................................................................... 23Developing the Prospectus .................................................................................... 24Defending the Prospectus ...................................................................................... 25Admission to Candid