Faculty

Northwestern’s top-ranked School of Communication faculty is comprised of world-class instructors who possess extensive hands-on experience as leading academics and industry experts in their discipline and as consultants to business, government, and foundations. This means you will have the unique ability to learn from leading scholars and practitioners of new media, public culture, social networking, technology and social behavior, and more.

Every class our faculty teaches is above their tenure load. That means our professors choose to spend time, both on Saturdays for the Custom Leadership Program and online for the Hybrid Leadership Program, here with our students because they believe in the importance of the program and also know that you’re adding value to their network, just as they are to yours.

MSC Faculty

Paul Arntson teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Paul Arntson

Program Co-Founder, CLP & HLP: Leadership and Decision-Making
David Bernal teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

David Bernal

CLP: Managing Global Teams
Jeremy Birnholtz teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Jeremy Birnholtz

HLP: Collaboration and Technology
Randall Bush teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Randall Bush

CLP: Challenges in Workplace Communication
Susan D Carver teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Susan D Carver

HLP: In Residence Seminar: Cultural Intelligence and Managing Inclusion
Noshir Contractor teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Noshir Contractor

CLP & HLP: Understanding and Leveraging Networks
Kate Cooper teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Kate Cooper

CLP: Experiential Learning Practicum
Leslie DeChurch teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Leslie DeChurch

CLP: Leading Collaboratively
Jason DeSanto teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Jason DeSanto

CLP: Public Persuasion
Dilip Gaonkar teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Dilip Gaonkar

CLP: Strategy in the Global Economy
Robert Hariman teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Robert Hariman

CLP: Communication, Management, and Ethics
Amy J Hauenstein teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Amy J. Hauenstein

CLP: Workplace Learning and Communities of Practice
Randall Iden teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Randall Iden

CLP & HLP: Capstone Supervisor, HLP: Communication Skills Practicum, CLP: Foundations of Strategic Communication Management
Alexis Lauicella teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Alexis Lauricella

HLP: Using Data to Make Informed Decisions
Rick G Morris teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Rick G. Morris

CLP & HLP: Current Issues in Law, Technology, and Strategy
Eric Patrick teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Eric Patrick

CLP: Visual Communication
Irving Rein teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Irving J. Rein

Program Co-Founder and HLP: Crisis Communication Management

Michael Roloff teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Michael Roloff

CLP: Change Management
Michelle Shumate teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

Michelle Shumate

Faculty Director, HLP: Foundations of Strategic Communication Management, CLP: Nonprofit Leadership
James Webster teaches in the Master of Science in Communication program

James G. Webster

CLP: Understanding Media Markets: Users, Makers, and Metrics




Learn More: Blog Posts

  • Northwestern MSC Spotlight: A Conversation with Michelle Shumate
    Northwestern MSC Spotlight: A Conversation with Michelle Shumate Michelle Shumate is the Faculty Director of the MSC program .  In this role she manages the strategic direction of the MSC program as liaison between the staff, faculty, and senior leadership at the School of Communication. Michelle also teaches the Nonprofit Leadership elective in the CLP  and the Introduction to Strategic Communication in the HLP. What ... Read more
  • Faculty Spotlight: A Conversation with Northwestern MSC Professor Irv Rein
    Faculty Spotlight: A Conversation with Northwestern MSC Professor Irv ReinIrving Rein earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. His primary research and teaching interests are popular culture, crisis management, and place marketing. He is also the author of many books on effective communication strategies, and currently researching the distribution and content changes ... Read more