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Research

During the past decade, The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication has consistently ranked nationally for research publications and submissions. We are committed to producing high-quality scholarly research.

Rankings

  • Ranked as a top ten research program in 21 of 99 research areas by Communication Institute for Online Scholarship (CIOS)
  • Ranked within the top 2% (12/539) of communication programs for higher education research and development expenditures, according to the 2015 NSF Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) Report
  • Ranked in the top one-third of communication programs for number of citations of articles by faculty members (Allen, Maier, & Grimes, 2012)
  • The National Research Council Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs (2010) indicates the Murrow doctorate program is #20 of 83 communication programs in research output and #15 of 83 programs in student diversity.

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Research in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University is ranked as a top ten research program in 21 of 99 research areas by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship (CIOS).  It is a Tier 1 program for communication research concerning advertising, substance abuse prevention, and literacy (media literacy), a Tier 3 program for sexuality (sexual health) and radio, and top 10 research unit in a variety of areas including media and children, broadcasting, political elections, politics and government and regions of the world including Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The 2015 NSF Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) Report ranked the Murrow College of Communication within the top 2% (12/539) of communication programs for higher education research and development expenditures.  An independent group of scholars ranked Murrow in the top one-third of communication programs for number of citations of articles by faculty members (Allen, Maier, & Grimes, 2012).

Murrow faculty members study communication using a variety of methods with an emphasis on social science and quantitative research.  Many research efforts span content areas in ways that are unique, even as they overlap and share similarities.  College faculty study the ways humans communicate—interpersonally, as part of groups and organizations, and as a society using digital technology and media.  In addition, because digital communication and media influences are far reaching and not bound by geographic boundaries, Murrow faculty members’ research examines issues that span the globe.  Whether people are communicating about health, international and public affairs, or science and the environment, Murrow faculty are at the forefront conducting leading research concerning each of these and related areas:

Media and health promotion

Murrow faculty members examine the role of media and digital technology in contributing to healthier people and societies. Their research helps produce understanding and positive change in key health areas such as obesity reduction, alcohol abuse prevention, sexual assault reduction, sexual health promotion, and related topics.

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Science and environmental communication

Murrow faculty members examine issues related to a healthier planet shaped by current thinking in crisis, risk and environmental communication. Research projects focus on effective collaboration and communication with multiple stakeholders, including local and at-risk populations on issues such as water and energy conservation, environmental sustainability and stewardship.

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Media, society, and politics

Murrow faculty members examine issues concerning the role of media and communication technology in public affairs.  This includes examining the role of individuals’ exposure to counter-attitudinal information in political decision making and behavior and the influence of media on trust in government.

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Murrow College Research Rankings

The Murrow Center for Media & Health Promotion Research

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

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EXTRAMURAL SUPPORT

Murrow faculty research is funded by a number of national agencies including the National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Education, Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and the Washington State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program.

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