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 the study of communication in everyday life. Known for its internationally recognized and diversified faculty, the Hugh Downs School's mission is excellence in human communication research, education and creative endeavors.

Our school is aptly named for Hugh Downs, a master communicator who demonstrates a nuanced understanding of communication across a wide array of contexts.

 

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, Conflict Transformation, Project for Wellness and Work-Life, Center for Strategic Communication, and Innovative Inquiry.

Announcements

Congratulations to ASU’s Speech Team! At the season opener, the team won 7 competitive speaking...

Some of ASU's funniest teachers gathered in the MU on September 15 to present the second annual...

The Association of Human Communication, the Hugh Downs School undergraduate student organization...