The article presents a study which aims to discover characteristics of hybrid speech/theatre departments that describe themselves as highly cooperative and collegial. To test the hypothesis that departments that are highly integrated between disciplines enjoy higher degrees of cooperation than departments where the disciplines function independently, a national survey of combined speech/theatre departments was conducted. The first procedure was a mail survey, which was followed by a telephone survey. The mail questionnaire began with a question regarding the types of degrees offered by the department. The survey then included a series of yes/no questions pertaining to the degree of integration between the two disciplines in the department, several yes/no questions pertaining to the difficulty of administering a hybrid department, and several open questions asking the respondent to describe the advantages and disadvantages of being a combined department. The questionnaire responses indicated that the vast majority of speech/theatre departments get along well.
Halperin-Royer, E. (1998). Administering the hybrid department: A national survey of combined communications/theatre arts departments. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 27(1), 30–43.