About the program
The Ph.D. Program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media prepares doctoral students to analyze the social, cultural, and political dimensions of information technologies, new communication media, and digital texts and to actively engage digital media through research, criticism, production, and practice.
Students work with program faculty from the departments of Communication and English and with affiliated faculty from departments across the university to study oral, written, visual, computational, and multimodal forms of communication and rhetoric and digital media; to examine the transformation of communication in the context of converging digital media and communication networks; and to address the theoretical challenges of innovative, interdisciplinary research.
Faculty guide students in this work by utilizing a broad range of social scientific and humanistic methods in which they specialize. The program offers comprehensive mentoring for professional development, diverse opportunities for teaching experience, and research assistantships associated with grant-funded faculty projects. CRDM faculty and students collaborate with colleagues in science and technology fields across the university and the Research Triangle. To date, the program has a 100% job-placement rate, and its graduates have competed successfully for tenure-track positions (both at research-intensive universities and at teaching-oriented liberal arts colleges) and for professional research jobs in the public and private sector, where there is a growing demand for the interdisciplinary skill sets developed in CRDM.
Social Networks & Social Media • Science, Technology, and Risk Communication • Interpersonal and Group Communication in a Network Society • Game Studies • Environmental Communication • Mobile Technologies and Culture • Emerging Digital Genres • Technology and Pedagogy • Visual Rhetoric • Visual Communication • Digital Humanities • Online Information Design • Digital Rhetoric • Public Relations • Organizational Communication • Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods in Digital Media Research • Digital Media Production • Cultural Studies
CRDM is . . .
- A vibrant intellectual community of award-winning faculty, students, and alumni
- A key node in an interdisciplinary network of faculty across the university
- An innovative, flexible curriculum of core seminars and electives
- An ongoing conversation drawing on intellectual perspectives from the social sciences, digital humanities, and critical/cultural studies
- A place to gain teaching and research experience
- A program where students and faculty produce innovative projects in digital media arts, gaming, and multimedia communication
- Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, within the Research Triangle — a constantly expanding cultural community and internationally recognized site of research and innovation
CRDM student blog
Read the latest posts for more news about the program.
- 2015 CRDM Research Symposium
Media<>Epistemologies<>Power On April 10 and 11 we will hear work from Peter Galison (Harvard University), Mark Andrejevic (Pomona College), Lori Emerson (University of Colorado), Paul Edwards (University of Michigan), Orit Halpern (New School), and Chris Russil (Carleton University). Click here to view a full description.
- 3/26/15 Congratulations to Johanne Laboy (1st place) and Sarah Evans (3rd place) for being winners of the Tenth Annual Graduate Research Symposium! This is the first time two CRDM students won in the Humanities category. To see their winning posters and look at the winners from other categories click here.
- 3/13/15 Calling all Dissertating PhD students! If you are due to defend your dissertation, please consider applying for the Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant which would cover the period of July 1, 2015-December 31, 2015. To apply or get more information click here.
- 3/13/15 Congratulations to Melinda Leonardo, PhD! She successfully defended her doctoral dissertation titled: Lost in transfer: How training participant narratives reveal training transfer experiences. Her committee consisted of Jessica Jameson (chair), Bill Kinsella, Susan Katz, Jason Swarts, and External Consultant Kathy Sturgis.
- 3/6/15 Congratulations to PhD students Gwendolynne Reid and Keon Pettiway! They presented “Checking the Pulse of Multimodal Pedagogy: A Genre-based Inquiry of Rhetoric Across the Disciplines" at this year's North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing. Gwendolynne Reid also presented "Digital Academic Genres in the FYC Classroom: A Pedagogical Thought Experiment" at this conference.