Department of Communication

The Utah Valley University Communication Department is shaping students to become the industry’s next top leaders in Journalism, Public Relations and Speech Communication. The department prepares students with the necessary skills to communicate visually, orally and through written documentation within the context demanded by the business world. Students are also prepared with a solid ethical foundation and an understanding of  diversity and multiculturalism.

The Department of Communication currently has two advisors to guide students through registration, course enrollment, and graduation. To schedule an appointment, please call (801) 863-8452.

Natalie Shelley

Gae Robinson


The Department of Communication is currently a sponsor of the German JPR Exchange Program. The exchange programs offers students the opportunity to study abroad in Germany for one semester. For more information, please contact Prof. Janet Colvin at The application form can be found here.

The Communication Club of UVU will be hosting "The Amazing Race" on September 29 at 6:30 PM in the CB 502A Study Lounge. All students are welcome to come and Race! 

One of our students, Ken Morgan, is participating in a transfer/study abroad program in Germany. You can follow his experiences here:


The department would like to welcome both Kathy Leslie and Holly Heffron. They will be joining us as faculty members.

**Attention Students: Communication Department Policy Change Effective Fall 2014

Recently the Communication Department voted and agreed that effective Fall 2014, late adds will not be accepted after week 2 of the semester. This means that the first week students will be able to add a course late if a seat becomes open through the wait list. The second week late adds will be approved at the sole discretion of the professor if they have not already reached their maximum enrollment for the course. Courses will not be available to add after the second week of coursework.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

The Department of Communication is located in the Classroom Building (CB), room 502A. Here, you can find most of the faculty/staff offices and our administrative assistant, Courtney Burns.

For general inquires and specific questions, please contact Courtney Burns at (801) 863-8452 or by email

Greetings from the Department Chair

Welcome to Communication!
Janet Colvin
The Department of Communication at
Utah Valley University has award-winning faculty and staff. We care about students and are committed to helping them gain the very best education possible, enabling them to obtain jobs in a wide variety of areas after graduation. The Department currently sponsors two students clubs, PRSSA and NCAS, as well as an honor-society to provide students with extra-curricular activities that will enhance their classroom experience. Within the Communication major, there are three emphases – public relations, speech communication, and journalism. We are committed to excellence throughout our program and to providing a wide range of classes and activities to help each student achieve their goals.

Janet Colvin, Ph.D.


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