Inci Ozum Sayrak

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 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. Sayrak has published papers on communication ethics and culture; embodiment and identity; and aesthetic communication. Her research interests include communication ethics, philosophy of communication, ethics and epistemology, contemplative education, and communicative construction of identity. Her work has been published in scholarly journals such as Review of Communication, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Human Studies, Communication and Medicine, Symbolic Interaction, and in several edited books.


Recent Scholarship

Journal Articles (2012 - Present)

Ucok-Sayrak, O. (2016). Attending to the "face of the Other" in intercultural communication: Thinking and talking about difference, identity, and ethics. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 9: 2, 122-139.

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 (2012 - Present)

Ucok-Sayrak, O. (Accepted by editors). Agents of Awakening: Ventriloquism, Nature, and the Cultural
Practice of Dialogue. In Arnett, R. C, and Cooren, F. Dialogic Ethics.

Ucok-Sayrak, O. & Deluliis, D. (In press, 2017). Chapuling for Freedom and Democracy in Gezi Park: A Case for Communication Ethics, Conflict, and Social Media. In Prossner, M. and Shahghasem, E. Social Media in the Middle East. (Dignity Press).

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.

Encyclopedia Entries (2012 - Present)

Ucok-Sayrak, O. (Forthcoming). Thich Nhat Hanh: Mindfulness. In Arnett, R.C.,
Holba, A., Mancino, S. (Eds). An Encyclopedia of Communication Ethics.


Recent Honors and Awards

Wimmer Faculty Grant, Duquesne University, 2016



Editorial Board

Editorial Board Member, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.

Offices Held

Fall 2016- Student Conduct Board Member.

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

Debate Coach, Fall 2013 - Spring 2014.

Internship Coordinator, Fall 2013 - Spring 2014.

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