University of Kentucky Department of Communication
  • Early in the semester, Kentucky Senator Reggie Thomas met with COM students Kendall Randolph (left) and Miles Thompson (right). Kendall and Miles are researching facts for Senator Thomas regarding charter school legislation. They will be joining him on the Kentucky Senate floor on February 2.
  • Greetings from the Department of Communication! Read our latest news here.
  • Congratulations to communication major Lauren Thompson, who was selected among several candidates by President Eli Capilouto to represent her class at the December 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony! “Being selected as the Commencement speaker is honestly a dream come true,” said Thompson. “As a freshman, I decided I wanted to speak at my college graduation, and now I am!” Read full story on UKNow…
  • Dr. Allison Scott was recently featured in a UKnow story. Click to see the full article and the accompanying video, in which she speaks about her recent research on the quality of communication about end-of-life health decisions. “When I tell someone that I’ve just met what it is that I do, they all have a story that they want to tell me about someone that they know or their own experience. The fact that so many people resonate with it, right off the bat, lets me know that I’m doing something that really matters to a lot of people.”
  • Congratulations to Professor Nancy Grant Harrington on the publication of her new book, Health Communication: Theory, Method, and Application. Dr. Harrington’s text book “provides coverage of the major areas of interest in the field of health communication, including interpersonal, organizational, and health media.” See more at
  • Congratulations to COM grad and UK Football Center/Guard Max Godby, who was one of only 11 players nationwide named to the 2014 Allstate Good Works Team! More at

  • Info Session Tuesday, December 9: 5-6pm, 224 Grehan Journalism Building

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Fall 2014 COM 399 Internship Breakfast

On December 5th, students in Ms. Cyndy Harbett Miller’s COM Internship program got together for breakfast at the Boone Center at UK. Ms. Miller addressed the forty-two students present at the event: “I tell you all the time, and it’s so true: ‘when you look good, you make us look good.’ And once they have you, they want you back—I get emails every week, ‘be sure to send me more COM majors.’ So, thank you for continuing our reputation for ex
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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
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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
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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
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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
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