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Our Mission Statement

The Utah Valley University Communication Department is shaping students to become the industry's next top leaders in Journalism, Public Relations and Speech Communication through courses and engaged learning experiences that are theoretically-driven, innovative, and applied. The department prepares students with the necessary skills to communicate visually, orally and through written documentation within the context demanded by the business, journalism, marketing, and public relations world. Students are also equipped with a solid ethical foundation and an understanding of diversity, interdependence, and cultural perspectives in the global community. 

Find Your Advisor

The Department of Communication currently has two advisors, Natalie Shelley (Public Relations Emphasis) and Gae Robinson (Speech Communication and Journalism Emphasis), to guide students through registration, course enrollment, and graduation.

To schedule an appointment with an advisor or obtain advisor "walk-in" hours, please contact Cassi Christensen (Advisor Administrator) via email or phone, 801-863-5717.

Greetings from the Department Chair

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.


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, Kristen Smith.

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

News & Updates (Updated 10/17/2017)

On November 2nd at 5 PM in room CB 102, the Communication Department at UVU will be holding an information session regarding the German study abroad program. For more information, please visit the study abroad page. 


The UVU Public Relations program was selected to plan and host the 2017 Regional PRSSA Conference.  With more than 230+ PR students from 10+ universities, the three-day conference planned and led by UVU PR students sold out.  The nation’s top PR and media professionals traveled to UVU.  A small sampling of speakers included:

  • Matt Prince, Social Media Director, Taco Bell world headquarters (from LA)

  • Brandy King, Communications Director, Southwest Airlines (from Dallas)

  • Jane Dvorak, 2017 PRSA National Chair (from Colorado)

  • Jill Chappell, Senior Editorial Producer, CNN The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (from Washington, D.C.)

  • Troy McCombs, Senior Vice President, Edelman (from Seattle)

  • Kevin Slagle, Executive Vice President, Ogilvy Public Relations (from Sacramento)

  • Lindsay Petersen, Director of Marketing and Communications for Imagine Dragons’ Non-Profit—The Tyler Robinson Foundation

  • Chris Bailey, Director of VIP Services, Utah Jazz, Salt Lake Bees & Vivint Smart Home Arena

  • Keith Green, Vice President Marketing and Commercial Sales for Guinness World Records (from New York City)


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. 


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