Permanently established in 1997 by the University of Utah Board of Trustees, the Communication Institute is a channel through which Communication scholarship is disseminated to broader campus, professional, and public communities in an accessible manner. The Institute views communication as an essential component in the development of dynamic, diverse, ecological, and socially just communities. The Institute supports the development, application, and promotion of scholarship in rhetorical,cultural, organizational, interpersonal, health, environmental, scientific, and mediated communication practices. It does so through offering high quality research-informed certificate programs and workshops, public events that highlight innovative and socially relevant communication research, and financial support for graduate student research. The Institute aligns with the goals of the Department of Communication, College of Humanities, and University of Utah through its commitment to research and educational development through the discovery, refinement, and exploration of knowledge.
The Communication Institute houses three non-matriculated certificate programs that benefit the community: the Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate Program, the Integrated Marketing Communication Certificate Program, and the Academy for Professional Communication.
The Communication Institute sponsors public lectures, symposia, and panel discussions that promote the value of communication theory to broader academic, professional, and public audiences.
The Communication Institute provides funding for graduate students in the Department of Communication to pursue original research projects and disseminate their research at national and international conferences.