Dr. Leah LeFebvre Ranked as Prolific Scholar in Communication Studies

Jan 9, 2023

Dr. Leah LeFebvre, associate professor in communication studies, was recently named one of the most prolific scholars in communication studies based on a study published this month in Communication Education.

The study measured the publication rates of authors from a sample of 24 journals published between 2017 and 2021. LeFebvre published 11 articles within the time frame, ranking her as the 10th most published communication studies scholar.

LeFebvre’s exemplary publication rate demonstrates her commitment to research, and her focus on studying romantic relationships fills a gap in contemporary scholarship.

“Dr. LeFebvre’s studies of relationship formation in dissolution in the age of social media provide insight into an important aspect of everyone’s life,” said Dr. Brian Butler, dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. “Her impressive collection of work exemplifies our mission to provide ground-breaking communication research that enhances health and well-being.”

LeFebvre and the 39 researchers included in the list represent the top 1 percent of prolific communication studies scholars, making this an even more impressive feat.

As the study mentions, research output is an important measurement of academic productivity and scholarly effectiveness. A prolific scholar’s individual accolades can support their ability to teach students and promote the institution they represent.

LeFebvre’s accomplishment makes a significant impact on positioning C&IS as a leader in communication and information research.

Her work, and the work of all C&IS faculty, lead the College toward its goal of providing life changing education, transformative partnerships and ground-breaking research, scholarship and creative work.

To view the research article, click here.

Communication Education is a peer-reviewed publication of the National Communication Association. Communication Education publishes original scholarship that advances understanding of the role of communication in the teaching and learning process in diverse spaces, structure, and interactions, within and outside of academia.

UA’s College of Communication and Information Sciences faculty and students conduct cutting-edge research that creates knowledge and provides solutions to global issues across the full communication and information spectrum. To learn more about the College’s research initiatives, visit cis.ua.edu/research.