Dennis Cali

Dennis Cali

Title: Distinguished Professor, Communication Studies
Department: Communication
Building: CAS 263
Phone: 903.566.7044


Ph. D. May 1986, Louisiana State University, Communication
Concentration: Generalist
Supporting Area: Historiography

M. A. 1983, Colorado State University, Speech Communication
Concentration: Generalist
Additional coursework in Communication Theory and Mass Communication
Supporting Area: History

B. A. 1981, Southeastern Louisiana University, Speech Communication
Magna Cum Laude
Concentration: Generalist
Minors: Spanish and Journalism


Dennis D. Cali, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of Texas at Tyler. He is the recipient of the Louis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the Field of Media Ecology; the President’s Scholarly Achievement Award at the University of Texas at Tyler; and the Media Ecology Association’s Top Paper Award for his essay on “The Sacramental View of Marshall McLuhan, Walter Ong, and James Carey,” which appears in the Explorations in Media Ecology journal. He is also the author of Mapping Media Ecology: Introduction to the Field (Peter Lang, 2017), two other books, and numerous scholarly articles in communication journals. His teaching interest areas include media ecology, rhetorical criticism, political communication, religious communication and relational communication. His primary research interest areas are in media ecology and in religious and sacramental communication. He served as chair of the Communication Department at UT Tyler from 2009 - 2018. As a hobby, he trains dogs in competitive obedience.