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Inci Ozum Ucok-Sayrak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Communication & Rhetorical Studies

340 College Hall
Phone: 412.396.6446


Ph.D., Communication Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2002
M.A., Communication Studies, Texas Tech University, 1997
B.A., Business Administration, Middle East Technical University, 1995

Ozum Ucok-Sayrak, Ph.D is Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University where she teaches courses on Intercultural Communication, Integrated Marketing Communication, Business and Professional Communication, and Public Speaking. She received her doctorate in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ucok-Sayrak has published papers on communication ethics, culture, and agency; communication, embodiment, and identity; and interactive making sense of art. Her research interests include communication ethics, philosophy of communication, ethics and epistemology, contemplative education, and communicative exploration of identity, belonging, and globalization. Her work has been published in scholarly journals such as Review of Communication, Human Studies, Communication and Medicine, Symbolic Interaction, and in several edited books.


Recent Scholarship

Journal Articles (2010 - Present)

Ucok-Sayrak, O. (2014). Interbeing and the "ethical echo" of Levinas: Exploring communication ethics beyond willed agency. Review of Communication, 14: 3- 4, 245-269.

(Contributed) Ucok-Sayrak, O. (2014). Introduction. Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 49: 1, 2-7.

(Contributed) Ucok-Sayrak, O. (2014). Knowing with one's "whole self:" Contemplative inquiry as embodied knowing in the communication classroom. Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 49: 1, 44-64.

Book Chapters (2010 - Present)

Ucok-Sayrak, O. & Kramer, G. (2015). Cultivating Rootedness and Relatedness in a Digital Age. In Saltzman, A. and Willard, C. T. (Eds.) Mindfulness with Youth: From the Classroom to the Clinic. Guilford Press, 137-154.

Ucok-Sayrak, O. & Garrett, E. (2013). Grounding Globalization: Theory, Communication, and Service-Learning. In Nganga, L., Kambutu, J. and Russell, W. B. (Eds.) Exploring Globalization Opportunities and Challenges in Social Studies: Effective Instructional Approaches. Peter Lang, 67-77.


Recent Honors and Awards



Editorial Board

Editorial Board Member, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication

Office Held

Faculty Co-Advisor: PRSSA Duquense University Chapter, 2014-present