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Communication

Department

More Than Words

With a 95 percent career placement rate, the Communication Department excels at creating connections between students and businesses across the country. Our Communication programs cover exactly what employers are looking for: leadership, interpersonal and team-based communication, writing, graphic design, branding, image rhetoric, and many other topics.

Our students become proficient at clear communication and target audience messaging. They gain the skills necessary to enter any setting—online, in print, or in person; professional or otherwise—and effectively engage with others.

See for Yourself

Listen to Dr. Jeff Groeling explain explain what you can expect in studying communication at Taylor.

Building Communication Professionals

Our students aren’t just sitting in classrooms learning; they are professionals working hands-on to develop and sharpen their skills. Our students perform communication audits, evaluate website effectiveness, send book proposals and query letters, execute communication campaigns, and write for The Echo, Taylor’s award-winning student newspaper.

Faculty also bring students to regional and national conferences, like the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), regional IABC conventions in Cincinnati and Cleveland, and Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Indianapolis chapter meeting.

Speaking of Your Future

Graduate Programs

Our Communication students have gone on to study at many graduate programs, including:

  • American University
  • Ball State University
  • Baylor University
  • Bethel University
  • Carnegie-Mellon University
  • DePaul University
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Indiana University School of Law
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Northwestern University
  • Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Radford University
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Taylor University Graduate School
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Missouri, Missouri School of Journalism
  • Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Wheaton College Graduate School

Career Opportunities

The practical experience you receive with any of our Communication degrees will prepare you for a career in many vocations, from journalism to event planning to novel writing. The Communication faculty and the Calling and Career Office work hard to put students in contact with Taylor alumni and partnering organizations for internship and employment opportunities.

Department News

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Taylor University PRSSA Chapter Hosts Sixth Shop the Loop

Oct 17, 2022

Taylor's Public Relations Student Society of America will host Shop the Loop Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 10 am to 12 pm on campus outside the LaRita Boren Campus Center. 

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From Northern Ireland to Oklahoma: Alumna’s Work in Peace and Reconciliation

Sep 16, 2022

Malaina Yoder’s career in peacebuilding was formed through her experiences with Taylor Student Organizations, her semester abroad in Ireland, and her Public Relations and Creative Writing double major.

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Taylor Students, Hartford City Community Health Providers, Partner for Healthy Living Events

Apr 19, 2022

Taylor University students, in partnership with local health organizations, will host two events to promote opportunities for healthy living in Hartford City on April 30.

Faculty & Staff

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Department Chair

Jeff Groeling

Department Chair and Professor of Communication

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Tammy Armstrong

Communication Program Assistant

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Timothy Berkey

Assistant Professor of Communication

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Alan Blanchard

Associate Professor of Journalism

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Julie Borkin

Assistant Professor of Communication

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Mylie Brennan

Adjunct Professor of Communication

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Donna Downs

Associate Professor of Communication

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Kurt Hostetler

Adjunct Professor of Photography

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David Jesse

Adjunct Professor of Journalism

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Shannon Lewis

Adjunct Professor of Communication

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Rob Oller

Adjunct Professor of Sports Journalism

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Taylor Tatum

Adjunct Professor of Communication and Admissions Counselor

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Linda Taylor

Assistant Professor of Professional Writing