Top 10 research program. Top 2% higher ed research communication programs. Top 20% in student diversity.* And the number one thing that makes the minds at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication exceptional—passion.
Murrow Minds, established by Paul Bolls, our newly appointed Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, represents our commitment to action, excellence and industry leadership. It represents the award-winning faculty behind the research that starts global conversations.
Murrow faculty members study communication using a variety of methods with an emphasis on social science and quantitative research. Our research efforts span content areas in ways that are unique, even as they overlap and share similarities. We study the ways humans communicate—interpersonally, as part of groups and organizations, and as a society using digital technology and media. As digital communication and media influences are far reaching and not bound by geographic boundaries, Murrow faculty members’ research examines issues that span the globe.
Murrow College houses state-of-the-art technology for studying all facets of communication. Facilities include our Technology-enhanced Focus Group Lab, Media Viewing Lab, Communication, Emotion and Cognition Lab and a 26-station Digital Research Lab.
The Murrow Center for Media & Health Promotion Research in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University examines how people use media messages in their decisions about health, and how health promotion practitioners can maximize the effectiveness of health messages targeting young people and their families. The Center’s work is intended to help individuals and health professionals use media most effectively to facilitate informed and healthy decisions. The Murrow Center faculty members study the following areas:
- Media effects and strategies to prevent alcohol and drug abuse
- Use of media to reduce sexual assault and promote healthy sexual relationships
- Digital media, health and well-being
- Parent-child communication about media and health
- Media literacy to promote healthy decision making
*Ranked as a top ten research program in 21 of 99 research areas by CIOS. Ranked within the top 2% (12/539) of communication programs for higher education research and development expenditures, according to the 2015 NSF HERD Report. The National Research Council Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs (2010) indicates the Murrow doctorate program is #15 of 83 programs in student diversity.