Your donation to the Department of Communication can help us to achieve the potential that resides in our strong faculty and our eager student population.
Currently, your gift could support the following opportunities:
Faculty: While undergraduate enrollment has increased 100 percent in the last 15 years, faculty size has increased only 13 percent. Additional faculty positions, such as an endowed chair, will help our teaching and research expertise keep up with skyrocketing student demand, and enable us to better recruit and retain the best faculty—who in turn become magnets for top graduate students.
Students: In a turbulent economy marked by declining state support for higher education and higher tuition costs, scholarships lessen the financial burden of higher education and enable more students to access the knowledge and training enabling them to graduate as tomorrow’s leaders, regardless of background or circumstance.
We also aim to increase the placement of undergraduate and graduate interns with nonprofits, NGOs, and other community groups—giving students real-world experience, international perspective, and helping them make an immediate and positive impact on their society and environment.
We also seek to offer increased teaching fellowships and research funding to entice the most promising graduate students to enroll at CU-Boulder. While we see great demand from prospective students—with nearly 10 applications for each available graduate slot—we frequently lose them to peer schools that offer more attractive financial packages.
Student research often entails travel and extensive fieldwork, whose costs can be prohibitive to many. Your assistance will allow us to offer student interns and researchers these opportunities with reduced financial burden. We seek especially to provide our students with resources to conduct international research in the increasingly globalized spheres of business, social movements, and technologically-mediated communities.
Publication and research support will allow our scholars to more widely disseminate their work via print journals, online media, and at conferences and symposia—all the while raising the profile of our program.
Upgrading the department’s technology infrastructure will enable us to use the latest teaching tools and research applications, and engage effectively with our stakeholders.
As our faculty size and student enrollment increases, so does our need for office, laboratory, and classroom space. Instruction of communication classes is currently spread among several campus buildings. There is available space in our current Hellems Building location that can be renovated, if resources allow. This funding will help us to consolidate students and faculty more closely, and stimulate personal interaction that leads to new ideas and approaches.
Your generous support will help our Department continue to grow as a vibrant and intellectually engaging home for students and faculty. Your gifts will go directly to activities and programs that enrich our departmental community, and enable us to create positive change for our Colorado, U.S., and international stakeholders. Specific information about our various gift fund opportunities, as well as an easy way to give online, is provided by the University of Colorado Foundation by following this link:
Thank you for your consideration. We are honored to have earned your trust, and are inspired to uphold the faith you place in our capabilities.
Bryan C. Taylor, Professor and Chair