Hugh Downs
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Hugh Downs
Hugh Downs, one of the most familiar figures in the history of television, is an exemplar of the well-rounded communicator. He has been a role model for communication effectiveness to the American public for more than 50 years. The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication was named in his honor.
Belle Edson
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Belle Edson
Dr. Edson is the director of undergraduate studies for The Hugh Downs School and director of our Summer Study Abroad program to London, Dublin, and Edinburgh. She also oversees the development of curriculum for undergraduates and supervises the graduate teaching associates and assistants.
Dr. Anthony Roberto
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Tony Roberto
Dr. Roberto is director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program. He teaches and conducts research in social influence and health communication and has designed or evaluated different types of persuasive messages, most recently in cyberbullying prevention among junior high and high school students.
Linda C. Lederman
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our Director
Linda Lederman is a professor of health communication in the Hugh Downs School since 2006, former Dean of Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Executive Director of the Institute for Social Science Research. She is an award winning teacher, published author and researcher.
Human Communication academic advisors
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our Advisors
The Hugh Downs School academic advisors are: Carol Comito, Dan Schwimmer, Barbara Dedecker, Jason LaBret, and Michele Brennan. They provide academic information and guidance to help students successfully transition to the university and make progress towards their educational goals and graduation.
Jennifer Linde
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Jennifer Linde
Jennifer Linde is a lecturer in The Hugh Downs School and the artistic director of The Empty Space. She has designed and taught performance studies courses in communication and creativity, oral interpretation, performance, performance theory, facilitation, and adapting scholarship to the stage.
Welcome!

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication is dedicated to understanding and improving communication in everyday life.

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication is aptly named for a man with a passion for life-long learning, commitment to (and appreciation of) the role of communication in human interactions, and an ability to communicate effectively whether with one person or large and diverse groups. Although best known for his long and successful career as a professional communicator and broadcaster, Hugh Downs' accomplishments as an author, speaker and accomplished composer of concertos personifies the school's mission of excellence in research, education and creative endeavors examining the complex role of human communication in everyday life.

 

Our areas of teaching emphasis are: Intercultural Communication and Cultural Studies, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Performance Studies, Rhetoric and Public Communication. Our exciting research program features several new strategic initiatives: Health Communication, Strategic Communication, Civil, Critical, and Creative Communication, and the Transformation Project.

Announcements

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Convocation undergraduate ceremony will be held on...

The ASU Forensics Speech Team continued a remarkable awards season, repeating their National...

Online course evaluations for each Communication course offered this semester are now available...