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Sarah C. Vos

Postdoctoral Research Scholar


Office: 301 Breckinridge

Phone: 859-257-8133

Email: sarah.vos [at] uky.edu

Personal Website: http://comm.uky.edu/vos

Education
M.A., Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Bio
Sarah C. Vos is postdoctoral research scholar for the Risk and Disaster Communication Center. Her research lies at the intersection of health and mass communication. Her current research focus is on social media and how these emerging channels can be used by public health officials to communicate more effectively at times of public health crises. Her research has been published in the Journal of Health Communication and Health Communication. She is the recipient of multiple fellowships and awards recognizing her research accomplishments. Before earning her MA and PhD at the University of Kentucky, Sarah worked as a journalist and editor.


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Courses Taught

A course designed to examine theory and research related to criticism of the mass media and to the relationship of digital and mass communication to contemporary social issues.
To participate effectively in the 21st century, students must be adept at both communicating their ideas effectively to different audiences in a variety of formats and contexts, as well as evaluating the messages sent by others. This integrated composition and communication course is the first in a sequence of two courses that focus on developing student's abilities to communicate ideas effectively using written, oral, visual, and electronic forms. As such, students will compose and present messages targeted toward different audiences, as well as evaluate the quality of the messages shared by others. Over the course of the semester, students can expect to work independently, with a partner, or with a small group of classmates to prepare messages, as well as to practice and evaluate interpersonal and team dynamics in action.
Composition and Communication II is the second of two general education courses focused on integrated oral, written, and visual communication skill development emphasizing critical inquiry and research. In this course, students will explore issues of public concern using rhetorical analysis, engage in deliberation over those issues, and ultimately propose solutions based on well-developed arguments. Students will sharpen their ability to conduct research; compose and communicate in written, oral, and visual modalities; and work effectively in groups (dyads and small groups). A significant component of the class will consist of learning to use visual and digital resources, first to enhance written and oral presentations and later to communicate mass mediated messages to various public audiences. Over the course of the semester, class members can expect to work independently, with a partner, and in a small group (team) to investigate, share findings, and compose and deliver presentations, as well as to practice and evaluate interpersonal and team dynamics in actions.
This course examines theory and research relevant to health communication including interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication approaches. Topics include the role of communication in general models of health and illness, the relationship between patients and healthcare providers, social support, and health campaigns.