Welcome to the Spring 2018 Semester!

Welcome, new and returning students!  We have a lot of exciting courses and activities in the planning stages for the Spring 2018 semester.  Keep track of what’s happening in the department by visiting our website and checking out our Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn pages. We will be adding a YouTube channel soon. In exciting news, our building was recently approved for a name change. You may have noticed that the building graduated from the “Speech” Building to the “Communication Sciences” Building. This name change better represents the Communication Studies discipline.

If you are getting your undergraduate degree in Comm Studies, I encourage you to consider our new accelerated Master’s degree. For those Comm Studies students who are excelling in their work, be sure to join the Alpha Chi Rho chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta honor society this year. This semester will bring interesting guest speakers, fun events, and many opportunities for you get to know your fellow students and professors better. Department presentations in spring will include a public talk by Comm Studies MA student Bless Ngoe about the current political crisis is his home nation of Cameroon, various alumni talking about what they are doing now with their Comm Studies degree backgrounds, and others to be announced. 

The Military and Family Communication Project in our department was recently awarded a research grant and will continue helping military families in our state with post-deployment family integration as well as building the research literature about how communication and stress are interrelated in military families. 

Dr. Eric Morgan has a new book about environmental communication out; Dr. Greg Armfield is working on a new book regarding sports communication; and the new book about the Internet and democracy written by Jan van Dijk and Kenneth Hacker will be released in June 2018. 

By now you know that rooms 247, 249, and 251 in the Speech Building had makeovers in during Summer 2017 – new furniture, tables, paint, glass panels, and carpet. Thanks to Heather Watenpaugh (NMSU Architect) Ron Tarazoff (Project Manager) for their fantastic help on this.  As the weather warms, be sure to take advantage of the new park just outside of our building. It’s a great place to rest and socialize between classes!

Have a great new semester!  

Dr.  Kenneth Hacker

Professor and Department Head


About Communication Studies:

Communication Studies focuses on the complex role that human communication plays in everyday life. Our courses provide students with the tools to make sense of and respond to communication processes in interpersonal, organizational, political, intercultural, and mediated contexts. In today’s increasingly global, mediated, and diverse workplace, studying communication and learning to communicate effectively are more important than ever. Thus, our program prepares students to excel in variety of careers in our ever-changing world. We offer both Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees, as well as minors in Communication Studies and Communication and National Security. The Department of Communication Studies is dynamic, thriving, and ready to accept new majors. Come see where a degree in Communication Studies can take you!


Department Head: Dr. Kenneth Hacker
Email: khacker@nmsu.edu
Administrative Assistant: Cynthia Moore
Email: clm@nmsu.edu
Main Office: Communication Sciences Building, Room 304
Office Phone Number: (575) 646-2801
Fax Number: (575) 646-4642


Join us!

“State Repression and the Birth of Civilian Radicalism in Cameroon: 1982-Present”

Blessed E. Ngoe

Thursday, March 1st – 6:10 PM (Health and Social Services Auditorium)





Department News

New Year, New Name: The “Speech” Building is Now the “Communication Sciences” Building

Dr. Hacker is pleased to announce that by working with some really great people on campus, he was able to move forward with getting the “Speech” Building renamed as the “Communication Sciences” Building. Many thanks go the university architect Heather Watenpaugh, Dean Enrico Pontelli (Arts and Sciences), Dean Don Pope-Davis (Education), Dr. Victoria White (Communication Disorders department), and the university Naming Committee. This gives the two departments in the building (Communication Studies; Special Education and Communication Disorders) more accurate and up-to-date signage. 



S.P.A.C.E. Project Hosts Forum on Controversial Statues in the US

Department of Communication Studies

In November, the S.P.A.C.E. (Spreading Peace and Countering Extremism) Project, developed by Dr. Hacker and his Political Communication students, sponsored a forum on controversial statues in America. The purpose of the forum, which included a panel consisting of NMSU professors, was to promote an open and peaceful discussion about this current issue.

The S.P.A.C.E. project was also featured on KRWG radio in May 2017 and in the Las Cruces Sun-News in June 2017. Learn more about the S.P.A.C.E. Movement here!



Dr. Eric Morgan Co-Edited Recently Published Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice

Dr. Eric Morgan, along with colleagues Dr. Tema Milstein and Dr. Mairi Pileggi, recently co-edited a volume of Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice, an important resource for helping educators, practitioners, and students effectively navigate and consciously contribute to the communication shaping our environmental present and future. Read the editors’ interview with Routledge here and learn more about the book here.





Comm Studies Establishes Undergraduate Honor Society

Lambda Pi Eta 

The Department of Communication Studies established the Alpha Chi Rho Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta during the Fall 2017 semester.  Learn more about the organization here



Comm Studies Alum Shared her Insights from the CDC

Michelle Johns (BA, 97; MA, 99) is as a health communication specialist for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s office in Atlanta, GA. On September 21st, she discussed her expertise related to health communication and persuasion, as well as her work on the successful National Tobacco Education Campaign entitled Tips From Former Smokers. Michelle credits much of her professional success to the lessons she learned in the Department of Communication Studies at NMSU.


Helping the Community through Experiential Learning

Department of Communication Studies

Mike Halliwell’s Spring 2017 Persuasion Theory class developed persuasive campaigns to raise money for local charities. Read more about their experiential learning projects here.  



Merj Hemp is Passionate about Making a Difference

Communication Studies Alumna is successful author, motivational speaker, and community engagement specialist

After graduating from NMSU, Merj created the Complicated Conversations Post-9/11 Project, a self-funded program in which she engages members of different communities in difficult conversations about the most pressing issues facing Americans and people around the world today. Among her most notable accomplishments are her Let’s Talk (It’s Time America) podcast and her #jump4thevets skydiving events.


Center for Communication Development (CCD)

Speech Building, Room 327

Through the CCD, the Department of Communication Studies graduate assistants offer students individualized tutoring with communication skill development and course assignments. Students can visit the CCD Monday-Thursday for assistance with speech preparation and managing speech anxiety.