Rutgers School of Communication and Information

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The School of Communication and Information (SC&I) is one of the 19 schools at the New Brunswick Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The school was created in 1982 as a result of a merger between the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and the School of Communication Studies, both of which had roots in programs established in the 1920s. The school offers 3 undergraduate majors in Communication, Journalism and Media Studies, and Information Technology and Informatics, as well as a Master of Communication and Information Studies, a Master of Library and Information Science, and an interdisciplinary PhD program in Communication, Information and Library Studies.

SC&I also has students pursuing nondegree certificates through its Professional Development Studies program. There are 55 full-time faculty at the school. In order to be a part of the Rutgers School of Communication, you must apply.

The specialization in school library media was ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.[1] Overall, SC&I's Department of Library and Information Science is No. 6 in the nation.[2]


Although SC&I was established in 1982, the roots of the academic programs housed at the school date back to the 1920s.

1926 Undergraduate program in Journalism established at Rutgers College

1927 Undergraduate program in librarianship established at the New Jersey College for Women, later Douglass College. This became defunct two decades later.

1953 Graduate School of Library Service (GSLS) opens its doors to its first class of master’s students

1971 Undergraduate major in Communication established

1978 Name of the GSLS changes to Graduate School of Library and Information Studies

1982 School of Communication, Information and Library Studies is established. At the time of its inception, the school offered two undergraduate majors (Communication, Journalism and Mass Media), a master's degree in Library Service, and established an interdisciplinary doctoral program

1983 Names of the departments are denoted as Department of Communication, Department of Journalism and Mass Media, and Department of Library and Information Studies

1987 Master of Communication and Information Studies established

2001 Undergraduate major in Information Technology and Informatics begins accepting students

2005 Online Master of Library and Information Science program admits its first students

2009 Name changed from School of Communication, Information and Library Studies to School of Communication and Information.

Academic Departments[edit]


Students and faculty in the Department of Communication study the nature and effects of communication on individuals, social groups, and society, including the ways in which communication is practiced in everyday life and the choices about communication that affect individuals and their situation. This program was founded as an undergraduate program in 1971.

Organizational communication, mediated communication, language and social interaction, and interpersonal communication are primary areas of faculty research with change, collaboration, culture, health, gender, globalization, identity, leadership, persuasion, policy, and relationship development prominent problem-centered research foci across areas.

Department Chair[edit]

  • Laurie Lewis

Journalism and Media Studies[edit]

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies is concerned with the relationships among media texts, institutions, and audiences, especially in the way that media and society affect each other politically, culturally, and socially. This includes study of both the “traditional” mass media and newer electronic technologies and telecommunications. The Journalism and Media Studies program was founded in 1926.

Research examines media content and effects; audience reception and interpretive processes; the emergence of audiences understood in terms of race, age, gender, class, and politics; the sociology and production of culture; communication law, regulation, and policy; and the media’s roles in political and international communication and in educational systems.

Department Chair[edit]

  • Jack Bratich

Library and Information Science[edit]

The Department of Library and Information Science focuses on the role of information in personal, social, institutional, national, and international contexts. Research of information-seeking activity, information retrieval systems, and information structures are core interests. These research interests involve considerations of design, management, and evaluation of information systems and services along with the development and assessment of tools responsive to the information needs of users. Digital libraries, school libraries and youth services, knowledge management, and information personalization are areas of notable emphasis within the department. The program was founded in 1927.

Department Chair[edit]

  • Marie L. Radford

Centers and Institutes[edit]

Alexandria Project Lab - APLab[edit]

The APLab hosts research on the development and user-centered evaluation of library and information systems, with particular attention to the Internet and Networked Information Environments. Projects are supported by government, foundation and corporate sponsors.

Center for Media Studies[edit]

The Center for Media Studies is concerned with the impact of media on contemporary society and finding ways for the media to better serve the public interest.

Center for Mobile Communication Studies[edit]

The Center for Mobile Communication Studies is arguably the world’s first academic unit to focus solely on social aspects of mobile communication. Established in June 2004, the Center is an international focal point for research, teaching and service on the social, psychological and organizational consequences of the mobile communication revolution.

Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL)[edit]

The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) is dedicated to research, scholarship, education and consultancy for school library professionals. It focuses on how learning in an information age school is enabled and demonstrated by school library programs, and how inquiry-based learning and teaching processes can contribute to educational success and workplace readiness for learners. CISSL’s Director is Professor Carol Gordon and Professor Ross Todd is Director of Research.

University Center for Organizational Development and Leadership (ODL)[edit]

The Center for Organizational Development and Leadership serves as a resource to the university community in support of efforts to create a more service-oriented culture. Emphasis is placed on relationship building and "teaching in all we do" - inside and outside of the classroom. Education and instruction, consultation and facilitation, and research and development in organizational leadership are core center activities.

Center for Communication and Health Issues[edit]

CHI is a consortium of educators, counselors and students conducting research on communication and health issues affecting college students. Its associates design, implement and evaluate campus and community-based education, intervention and prevention programs. It was founded in 1997 by Communication Professors Linda C. Lederman and Lea P. Stewart, health educators Richard Powell and Fern Goodhart, and substance abuse counselor Lisa Laitman, as an ongoing collaboration.

Journalism Resources Institute[edit]

The Journalism Resources Institute is active in a broad range of mass media and communication issues in journalism and the dissemination of news information to all segments of society. It works with professionals from print and electronic news media, and with students and faculty with special interest in mass communication studies and research. JRI also assists government, corporate, nonprofit and private agencies that depend on the mass media for news and information distribution.

Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Information Policy and Security (ISIPS)[edit]

The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Information Policy and Security at SC&I promotes collaboration among scholars in multiple disciplines, including behavioral sciences, information processing and retrieval, natural and computer languages, and organizational research. ISIPS researchers analyze alternatives and design systems that focus on the human user of systems, on the user's community and on the concern with privacy and individual rights in the context of security needs.

Invitational Masters Student Institute[edit]

The Invitational Masters Student Institute is designed for students in (or recent graduates of) Masters of Communication / Media Studies programs who are seriously considering going on for their Ph.D. in Communication or Media Studies.

Knowledge Institute[edit]

The Knowledge Institute is dedicated to primary and applied research to advance the understanding of knowledge management in the areas of knowledge generation, knowledge sharing, knowledge use, and the management of knowledge objects. The Knowledge Institute takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of knowledge creation and sharing.

Rutgers LAIR[edit]

The Rutgers LAIR is a laboratory for advanced information research which is home to a number of research projects directed by members of the Library and Information Science faculty at Rutgers. The projects range over many areas, but are all broadly related to the issues of digitally storing, organizing and retrieving information, in order to serve diverse communities of users. The LAIR is also home to the Alexandria Project Laboratory (APLab). Another resident activity is the Rutgers Distributed Laboratory for Digital Libraries (RDLDL), the predecessor to the LAIR. LAIR is active in sponsoring and organizing workshops on a variety of activities.

Student organizations[edit]

Core Faculty Members[edit]



  • Mark Aakhus (Social Interaction, Organizational & Mediated Communication)
  • Jeffrey Boase (Mediated Communication, Personal Networks)
  • Galina Bolden (Language & Social Interaction)
  • Marya L. Doerfel (Organizational Communication, Social Networks)
  • Gustav Friedrich (Interpersonal/Small Group Communication)
  • Jennifer Gibbs (Organizational Communication, Mediated Communication)
  • Kathryn Greene (Health Communication)
  • James Katz (Communication Technology & News Media)
  • Hui-Min Kuo (Organizational Culture, Intercultural Communication, Leadership)
  • Laurie Lewis (Organizational Communication)
  • Jenny Mandelbaum (Social Interaction, Conversational Analysis, Relationships,Identity, Interpersonal Communication)
  • Hartmut Mokros (Social Interaction, Identity, Microanalysis, Childhood Mental Health)
  • Jeffrey Robinson (Social Interaction, Health Communication)
  • Brent Ruben (Organizational Communication)
  • Jorge Reina Schement (Communication, Information Science, Latino-Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Public Policy)
  • Michelle Scollo (Ethnography of Communication, Cultural & Intercultural Communication)
  • Craig Scott(Organizational Communication, Communication Technologies, Anonymous Communication)
  • Lea P. Stewart (Health Communication, Communication and Gender, Communication Ethics)
  • Jennifer Theiss (Interpersonal Communication, Relationship Development)
  • Itzhak Yanovitzky(Health Communication)

Journalism and Media Studies[edit]

  • Jack Bratich (Critical Cultural Studies, Social Political Theory, Popular Culture)
  • David Greenberg (U.S Political and Media History, Media and Politics)
  • Susan Keith
  • Montague Kern
  • Robert Kubey (Psychology and Politics of Media, Media Literacy, Human Creativity)
  • Deepa Kumar (Class, Gender, Race and Media, Middle East, War and Media, Social Movements)
  • Regina Marchi (Race, Class, Gender and Media, Social Movements & Media, Community-based Media, Latino Media and Pop Culture)
  • Steven Miller (Undergraduate Studies, Internships)
  • Ronald Miskoff (The Practice of Journalism)
  • John V. Pavlik (New Media, Journalism and Society)
  • Barbara S. Reed (U.S. Social History, Ethnic Press, Contemporary and Historical Studies, Print and Online Magazines)
  • William Solomon

Library and Information Science[edit]

  • Nicholas Belkin (Information Science)
  • Kay Cassell (Reference and Information Science)
  • Marija Dalbello (Social History of Knowledge, Documents, Collections)
  • Carol Gordon (Information Science)
  • Jacek Gwizdka (Information Science, Human-Computer Interaction)
  • Lydia Eato Harris
  • Waller A. Hastings (Children's Literature)
  • Paul Kantor (Information and Computer Science and Operations Research)
  • Michael Lesk (Information Science)
  • Ya-Ling Lu (Information Science)
  • Claire R. Mclnerney (Information Science, Information and Communication Technology, Social Informatics)
  • Stewart Mohr (Knowledge Management, Information Science)
  • Smaranda Muresan (Natural Language Processing, Digital Libraries)
  • Mor Naaman (Social Media, Mobile, Multimedia, Location-Based Information)
  • Daniel O. O'Connor (Information Science)
  • Lilia Pavlovsky (Information Science, Social Computing, Distance Learning)
  • Marie L. Radford (Interpersonal/Small Group Communication)
  • Tefko Saracevic (Information Science)
  • Jorge Reina Schement (Communication, Information Science, Latino-Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Public Policy)
  • Chirag Shah (Information Seeking, Social Media)
  • Anselm Spoerri (Information Science)
  • Ross J Todd (Information Science)
  • Jana Varlejs (Information Science)
  • Nina Wacholder (Natural Language Processing, Information Access, Organizing Information, Information Systems)
  • Xiangmin Zhang (Information Science)

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