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Inci 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

Dr. Ucok-Sayrak published papers on how people interactively make sense of paintings, the aesthetic and communicative implications of cancer treatment, and the transformations of self in surviving breast cancer in relation to changes in bodily appearance. In addition to her work that highlights visual communication, ethnography of communication, and health communication, her research interests include communication ethics and philosophy of communication. Her current research focuses on the connection of ethics, ways of knowing, and pedagogy; and the shifting experience of "connectedness," and "relatedness" in the digital-global age focusing on the lives of college-aged young adults and teenagers in contemporary American society. Her work appeared in leading communication journals such as Human Studies, Symbolic Interaction, Communication and Medicine, and elsewhere. Dr. Ucok-Sayrak teaches Intercultural Communication, Business and Professional Communication, Public Speaking, Integrated Marketing Communication.


Recent Scholarship

Journal Articles

(Contributed) Ucok-Sayrak, O. (Accepted, 2014). Knowing with one's "whole self:" Contemplation as embodied knowing in the communication classroom. Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, Spring 2014.

(Contributed) Ucok-Sayrak, O. (Accepted, 2014). Introduction. Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, Spring 2014.

Book Chapters

(Invited and refereed) Ucok-Sayrak, O. & Kramer, G. (Accepted, 2014). 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, forthcoming, 2014).

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.



Duquesne University Service

Debate Coach, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Internship Director, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Service to the Discipline

Guest Editor, Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture.

Reviewer, Journal of Communication and Religion; Journal of Communicative Disorders; Communication and Medicine.

Current Professional Memberships

National Communication Association

Eastern Communication Association