The department of Communication Studies is among the top 25 research departments in the United States. Many of the faculty members have nationwide reputations, four are ranked among the top prolific scholars in the National Communication Association. The teaching is excellent. Faculty have won awards on campus and in regional communication associations. The faculty holds degrees from Indiana University, Michigan State University, Southern Illinois University, Florida State University, Ohio State University, University of Alabama, University of Florida, Emory University, and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.