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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

Inci 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: Public Relations, 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 and culture; communication, embodiment, and identity; as well as aesthetic communication. Her research interests include communication ethics, philosophy of communication, ethics of knowing, 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


Ucok-Sayrak, O. (2015). Rootedness and Communication Ethics in a Transient Age. (forthcoming).

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.

Ucok-Sayrak, O. (under review). Attending to the "face of the Other" in intercultural communication: Thinking and talking about difference, identity, and ethics.

(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. & Deluliis, D. (accepted). Chapulling for Freedom and Democracy in Gezi Park: A Case for Communication Ethics, Conflict, and Social Media. In Prossner, M, Nurmakov, A., and Shahghasem. Social Media in the Middle East. (Dignity Press, 2016).

Ucok-Sayrak, O. & Kramer, G. (in press). 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, 2015).

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.



University Service

Fall 2014 Faculty presentation at Diversity Day

Spring 2014 Workshop for the Gumberg Library Staff, Practicing Mindfulness @ Work, Gumberg Library Staff Development Day, Jan 2, 2014.

Fall 2013 Workshop on Mindfulness and Attentiveness, Power Center, Fall 2013. ABC's of Mindfulness: Attention, Balance and Compassion.

Spring 2013 Workshop on Diversity and Culture at the Towers (Residential Programs).

Fall, Spring 2012 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction workshop, Power Center,
Duquesne University.

Department Service

2014-present Faculty Co-Advisor: PRSSA Duquesne University Chapter
2014 Guest Editor for Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion and Culture

Fall 2013-Spring 2014 Debate Coach, Internship Coordinator

2011-2012 Student Panel Organizer: Service Learning and Exploring Intercultural Communication; Globalization, Ethics and Culture (Silverman Center, Duquesne University).

Service to the Profession

2014-present Editorial Board Member, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.

Guest Editor Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion and Culture, 2014, 49: 1, Special Issue: Contemplative Ways of Knowing in Higher Education.

Guest Peer Reviewer Journal of Communication and Religion, Communication and Medicine, Journal of Communicative Disorders.

Association Memberships

National Communication Association

  • Philosophy of Communication Division.
  • Communication Ethics Division.
  • Ethnography Division.

Eastern Communication Association

  • Health Communication.
  • Philosophy of Communication.
  • Intercultural Communication.