» About the School of Communication

Chapman University’s School of Communication prepares leaders to shape commerce through strategic communication, public opinion, health behavior and communication innovation, by engaging in evidence-based research projects, persuasive messaging campaigns, academic partnerships and practical applications; setting the stage for the 21st-century scholar. Our top-ranked nationally and internationally known faculty are highly regarded in the communication field and continually strive to create collaborative learning environments and distinctive class offerings, so our students can obtain the best education in the discipline.

The School of Communication was created in 2016 under the direction of founding dean Lisa Sparks, Ph.D. and has experienced a tremendous amount of growth in the past few years. Home to three undergraduate academic programs, a Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication, and a Ph.D. in Communication, the School of Communication continues to be considered a vibrant and innovative leader in the rapidly growing and critically important field of communication.

The School of Communication faculty are among the most productive and respected scholars in the communication discipline and on the Chapman campus. Consistently publish cutting-edge peer-reviewed research in top academic journals our faculty have published hundreds of research articles as well as numerous books and book chapters. Communication faculty have also landed book contracts with highly regarded publishers such as Peter Lang, University of California Press, Wiley-Blackwell, and Polity; serve as editors and on review boards for several academic journals; and have received numerous awards and accolades.

Headshot of Dean Jennifer Waldeck
Acting Dean Jennifer Waldeck, Ph.D.