About


Mission, Values and Strategic Plan

The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences is a comprehensive multidisciplinary division in which teaching, research and service are focused on shared creation, presentation, dissemination, retrieval, collection, analysis and evaluation of messages and meanings in a variety of settings. The mission is supported by one of the country’s most diverse combinations of academic and service programs.

Values

  • Personal and professional excellence
  • Creativity and intellectual curiosity
  • Interpersonal adaptability and negotiation
  • Integrity and ethical grounding
  • Diversity and appreciation for differences
  • Passion and resilience
  • Collaboration and unity

Our commitment to fostering diversity

In the University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences, diversity is celebrated, appreciated and embraced. We encourage the exploration and appreciation of diversity in everything from college-wide communication to the classes in our curriculum and student organizations designed to build leadership skills in the area of diversity.

Our efforts in diversity have been nationally recognized by the AEJMC and used as a model for the International Mass Communication Training and Research Center. Each year, the College’s regional diversity symposium attracts community members and scholars who share their research in diversity and facilitate conversations on topics surrounding diversity.

C&IS 2016-2021 Strategic Plan

In charting our path forward, C&IS faculty, staff and alumni outlined a plan toward five strategic priorities: cultivate high-quality academic programs, enhance the research culture, improve the internal and external communities, provide a learning environment that promotes diversity, equity, leadership and service, and strengthen the national and international profiles of the College. These priorities and goals are outlined in our C&IS 2016-2021 Strategic Plan Document.


Executive Council

The Executive Council of the College of Communication and Information Sciences is composed of the Dean, assistant and associate deans, directors and department chairs who serve the college in a leadership capacity. This council serves in an advisory role to the Dean and represents the faculty and staff as they work to achieve the college’s mission, vision and strategic priorities.

Dr. Mark Nelson

Dean 

Dr. Kim Bissell

Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Bill Evans

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Dr. George Daniels

Assistant Dean for Administration

Dr. Sara Hartley

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies and External Relations

Dr. Elva Bradley

Assistant to the Dean for Grants and Collaborative Activity

Dr. Joseph Phelps

Department Chair for Advertising and Public Relations

Dr. Cory Armstrong

Department Chair for Journalism and Creative Media

Dr. Jim Elmborg

Director of the School of Library and Information Studies

Dr. Jim Bailey

Director of Strategic Initiatives
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Melanie Danner

Director of Financial Affairs
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Elizabeth Brock

Director of the Digital Media Center
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NOT PICTURED: Dr. Beth S. Bennett, Senior Associate Dean


Board of Visitors

The C&IS Board of Visitors is an external advisory group who supports the college’s development and advancement activities and promotes a close working relationship between communication leaders, faculty and students. Members of the C&IS Board of Visitors are leaders and innovators in the fields of communication and information.

Awards

The College of Communication and Information Sciences is committed to recognizing and honoring outstanding contributions to the fields of communication and information. Each year, we work with our Board of Visitors, Executive Council, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to identify those deserving of recognition for their work. For more information on our college-wide awards, or to nominate a candidate, please click the links below.


Accreditation

The College of Communication and Information Science’s degree programs are accredited by nationally recognized accrediting agencies. Accreditation is a voluntary process that includes an external review of the College’s ability to provide quality programs to ensure students are learning relevant material the right way. The rigorous accreditation process includes assessment of curriculum, faculty, administration, students, facilities and resources. Our programs are accredited by ACEJMC, NASAD and ALA/ALSDE.