Instructional Communication & Research

Welcome to Instructional Communication and Research! I am so excited to be part of this exciting interdisciplinary program in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky! Instructional Communication is one of the fastest growing interest areas in the communication discipline and for good reasons.

We play an extremely important role in serving undergraduate students by delivering cutting-edge education in integrated communication skills (which are among the top skills sought by employers of college undergraduate students in all fields of study).

Our research is valuable for improving pedagogy within traditional classroom settings within the college and across the university, as well as beyond them when we collaborate with colleagues studying, for example, risk and crisis communication, interpersonal communication, mass communication, health communication, agriculture, business, education, and engineering.

Not only that, our graduate students go on to become faculty members serving as basic course directors, directors of communication centers and labs, as well as directors of communication across the curriculum (CXC) and communication in the disciplines (CID) programs. We serve the needs of the 21st century in ways that really make a difference both at the university and beyond it. To me, that’s what it’s all about.

-Dr. Jeff Huber, Director and Professor


About Instructional Communication and Research

Instructional Communication and Research delivers cutting-edge:

  •  Instruction
    • for all undergraduate students in integrated communication skills (oral, written, visual, and digital, along with information literacy) together with the Division of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media in the College of Arts and Sciences as part of the university’s new general education curriculum (Communication across the Curriculum—CXC)
    • for graduate students in traditional coursework, independent studies, as well as funded and unfunded collaborative research projects 


  • Research opportunities in instructional communication within traditional classroom settings across the university, beyond the classroom in collaboration with colleagues across the CIS college in risk and crisis communication, interpersonal communication, mass communication, and health communication, and beyond the classroom in collaboration with colleagues across the university in, for example, agriculture, business, education, and engineering


  • Faculty development consulting services for colleagues across the university who seek to offer vertical integration of communication skills education and training in their courses and curricula (Communication in the Disciplines—CID)