This article attempts to offer a constructive analysis of pressures applied to the Department of Speech Communication at Iowa State University and the circumstances which have resulted in the changes that have occurred, as of September 1995. The department has been in a state of instability and insecurity for more than 20 years. There has long been a sense of foreboding over the department, probably since it began to expand its curriculum beyond simply offering basic public speaking. In the fall of 1986, the department was a multi-focus department, composed of four separate interest areas, including speech communication, theater, telecommunicative arts and communication disorders. The one constant, whether the focus is on one of the sub-group of department executive officers or on the college as a whole, was the fact that speech communication was not prioritized.
Hale, C. L., & Redmond, M. V. (1995). Speech communication at Iowa State University: A history of broken promises and shifting leadership. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 24(3), 169–179.