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Message from the Chair | Mission | Faculty and Staff | Strategic Plan | Jag Media | Awards | Statement on Diversity

Message from the Chair

Our department offers undergraduate courses in communication studies, journalism (multimedia and broadcast), strategic communication (advertising and public relations), digital cinema and television. Through our course offerings, we try to reach the right balance of practical, professional, and theoretical experience in coursework for our students to graduate ready for the workplace. 

Our faculty have a balance of professional experience in their fields in addition to advanced academic degrees. They understand the ability to communicate effectively is essential no matter what industry you work in. They are also focused on providing our students with the skills, background, and experiences to assist them in obtaining meaningful employment after graduation.  

Students have the opportunity to apply the skills learned in the classroom through internships. Additionally, as members of the student media group, Jag Media, students can hone their feature writing skills as writers for the university cultural magazine Due South, report on news in The Vanguard, gain on-air experience or create and produce a television show for JagTV, or produce radio programs for The Prowl.

Graduate program integrates theoretical and research components of mass communication with a special emphasis in strategic communication, digital media and communication leadership. Students have an opportunity to learn from faculty who conduct research in journalism history, public memory, media and consumer psychology, social media, media effects, and public speaking anxiety. 

We invite you to join us!   

Pavica Sheldon
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication


The mission of the Communication Department is to strive for quality in our teaching, research and service in order to empower our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in their endeavors.

Faculty and Staff

The Department of Communication faculty are highly accomplished with a broad range of experience and expertise. Each faculty and staff member is dedicated to teaching and advising students to best suit their individual needs. Here is a full list of current faculty and staff.

Strategic Plan

To view the department of communication strategic plan, click here. 

Jag Media

Jag Media is the student media group of the University of South Alabama under the direction of the Department of Communication. Jag Media includes The Vanguard newspaper, Due South magazine, JagTV and WJGR 97.1 The Prowl. All media is student-operated and open to all currently enrolled students regardless of major. Click here to learn more about Jag Media. Click here to learn more about Jag Media.


The Department of Communication awards recognize the achievements and accomplishments undergraduate and graduate students have made academically, departmentally, scholarly and creatively. Click here to see the latest student awards. 

Statement on Diversity

The Department of Communication is committed to preparing students to work in a diverse society. As such, our classes will include lectures and activities which promote an awareness of and sensitivity towards difference of race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, religion, age and disabilities. Such an environment will contribute to the growth and development of each member of the class, as it will encourage students to embrace diversity as a positive aspect of learning and scholarships.