• We’re very proud of Assistant Professor Dr. Allison Scott, whose research was highlighted in the cover article of the latest issue of Psychology Today! “Talking about an issue in the wrong way can be more detrimental than not talking about it at all…” Read the full article here.
  • Greetings from the Department of Communication! Read our latest news here.
  • We are proud to welcome new Assistant Professor Dr. Jeannette Sutton, who comes to us from the University of Colorado. Dr. Sutton’s research focus is on the evolving role of information and community technology, including social media and mobile devices, for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Dr. Sutton will also be assuming the role of Director of the Division of Risk Sciences for our college. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sutton!
  • This Fall, Dr. Alan Desantis will be heading up our college’s new Living Learning Program CI Connect, located at UK’s newly built Champions Court. Read the full story on UKNow.
  • Dr. Shari Veil recently received an “Education Abroad Program Site Visit” grant, which she will use to set up a new education abroad site in Brussels, Belgium! Read more about Study Abroad Opportunities for Communication students…
  • Congratulations to our Chair and Professor, Dr. Elisia Cohen! Dr. Cohen was recently awarded the 2014 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award, sponsored by the UK Women’s Forum. The award is granted annually to “women working at the University who promote the growth and well-being of other women at the University and across the Commonwealth.”
  • Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Boyd! Dr. Boyd has been notified that he will be the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Education Service Award. The Distinguished Education Service Award is awarded by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) yearly, “to an individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the American system of electronic media education by virtue of a singular achievement or continuing service for or in behalf of electronic media education.” This year’s award will be presented this April at a ceremony during the BEA conference in Las Vegas. See story on UKNow…
  • Great turnout for the Spring Information Fair!

  • Dr. J. David Johnson recently published his eighth book, entitled Dosage: A Guiding Principle for Health Communicators. The book outlines the best practices for communication in a health care setting.
  • Congratulations to our wonderful teacher and internship director, Cyndy Miller. Ms. Miller won the the University of Kentucky Alumni Association’s 2014 Great Teacher Award!
  • Dr. Elisia Cohen is the editor of the International Communication Association’s Communication Yearbook, which is released annually.
  • UK’s Department of Communication has proudly hosted the biennial Kentucky Conference on Health Communication since 1989.
    Click here for more details on KCHC.
  • Dr. Alan Desantis was a guest recently on WBUR Boston’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook, where he weighed in on the problem of “Adderall on Campus.” Listen to the February 6 recording here.
  • Faculty and graduate students get to know each other and learn about current research endeavors at the annual “Meet-and-Greet.”
    Click here to learn more about the Graduate Program in Communication.



COM News

Join Dr. Real in Peru for Summer II 2015

Dr. Kevin Real has developed a course that will be taught during Summer II, 2015 in Peru. This 3-4 week course will be a mixture of classroom and hands-on experience in facilitating students’ understanding of the global workplace. The format will include the following: Pre-departure meetings focused on course expectations, travel guidelines, culture, safety issues, and self-reflection; A 2-day “survival Spanish” course taught in
Continue Reading →

Save the Date: Pro-Am Day is October 29th

“Professional-Amateur Day” is scheduled on October 29th, 2014. Interested juniors, seniors, and alumni are invited to participate in this event from 11:30 – 3:30 pm at off and on-campus sites. Students, faculty, alumni, and friends will be invited to attend lunch, with a keynote and professional advice breakout sessions. Registration information will be provided in September. If you are an alumnus or local small business owner a
Continue Reading →

COM 535 in Ireland

Eleven communication majors from the University of Kentucky traveled to Ireland this summer to partake in a two-week travel study program on risk and crisis communication. The COM 535 class visited crisis communication consulting agencies, the Dublin Fire Brigade, Croke Park Stadium, international corporations like Guinness and Waterford Crystal, and dozens of historic sites near Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Limerick, Galway, and the Aran Islands. Tau
Continue Reading →

Summer 2014 News and Notes

Dear Students, Friends, and Colleagues, Thank you for your interest in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. At present, we support over 400 major students and 100 minor students, and we will enroll over 3,000 students in seats for courses this fall.  To help with this growth, we are welcoming seven faculty to the Department of Communication, including five new faculty and two returning faculty who join the department fro
Continue Reading →

Partnership with ORAU leads to expansion of Media Monitoring Lab

Development of the Department’s Digital Content Analysis Lab (DCA) took a big leap forward through a funded partnership with Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). The grant (Principal Investigator, Dr. Nancy Harrington) has given us the opportunity to further develop our media monitoring system and expand our access to television coverage to include the Huntsville, Alabama television market. During the first year of the grant, the Depar
Continue Reading →