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Communications Media and Instructional Technology, PhD

Lacey Fulton

FROM STUDENT TO PROFESSOR — Lacey Fulton, who earned her BS, MA, and PhD from the Communications Media Department at IUP, will begin her teaching career as an assistant professor at Clarion University of Pennsylvania in August 2015. “The PhD program in communications media and instructional technology is unique. There are not many PhD programs that combine theory, research, and production,” she said. Photo by Sarah Bader.

Flexible Degree Prepares You for Professorship, Professional Leadership

The doctoral program in communications media and instructional technology at IUP offers working professionals the flexibility they need to reach their goals to a range of areas:

  • Full professorship at the university level
  • Leadership of your institution’s instructional technology program
  • Corporate communications and training
  • Media production and management
  • Health and political communications

Choose Full-time or Part-time

Designed for both full- or part-time students, the program offers you a mix of options that enable you and all the other students to fully participate in the cohort model. As a full-time student you take approximately three courses per semester so you can complete the coursework in about two years. As a part-time student you will likely take two courses per semester and complete coursework in three years.

Immerse Yourself in Hands-on Learning Opportunities

What truly differentiates this doctoral program from others like it is our emphasis on practical, hands-on experience. You benefit not only from advanced academic and applied research, but you also immerse yourself in the technology. By having extensive experience in technology planning and implementation, you gain the confidence needed to advance your communications career.

Gain Skills You’ll Need in Our Communications Media and Instructional Technology Program

The doctoral program provides instruction in communication theory, quantitative and qualitative research, and content production. You’ll also be able to choose from electives in many fascinating areas such as communication pedagogy, crisis communication, children in media, corporate communication, and media criticism.

  • Gain the social research and educational assessment skills to gauge the effectiveness of technology and media strategies and to make improvements.
  • Contribute by conducting and publishing research on theory and culture.
  • Engage in the production of scripts, marketing plans, online media, distance education, simulations and games, and other emerging technologies.
  • Achieve highly refined skills in the production of video, audio, multimedia, digital imagery, and interactive messages.

By completing the program, your skill set will include:

  • Applying media to instructional and persuasive goals.
  • Developing emerging technologies.
  • Evaluating media ethics and how they apply to communications campaigns.
  • Optimizing media for the education of children and adults.
  • Designing instructional systems.
  • Producing video, audio, multimedia, games, simulations, and digital imagery.
  • Planning budgets and script media productions.
  • Developing online media productions.
  • Department of Communications Media
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 121
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1058
  • Phone: 724-357-2492
  • Fax: 724-357-5503
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  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.