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Kevin Real


Office: 235 Blazer Dining

Phone: 859-257-6938

Email: Kevin.Real [at] uky.edu

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

M.A. 1998, Ph.D. 2002, Texas A&M University

Organizational communication, health communication, group communication, research methods

Kevin Real, PhD, is Associate Professor and the Douglas and Carole Boyd Professor of Communication at the University of Kentucky. His research interests involve communication in healthcare organizations, implementation of quality improvement processes such as Appreciative Inquiry in organizations, and occupational safety and health. His research has been published in Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, AI Practitioner, Communication Theory, Communication Research, and Human Communication Research. He has won numerous awards Top Paper Awards at national and international conferences. He has been recognized at the University of Kentucky with a Research Excellence Award and a Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Communication and Information.

Bill Eadie Distinguished Scholar Award, National Comminication Association 2010; College of Communication and Information Excellence in Teaching Award 2007; College of Communication and Information Excellence in Research Award 2004

Curriculum Vitae

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Courses Taught

A study of communication processes in small group situations. Topics include conflict, leadership, and decision-making. Students will participate in group discussion and develop skills in analyzing group performance.
Designed to introduce students to basic concepts in the study of organizational communication. The course considers approaches to the practice and study of communication within organizational settings, including classical approach, human relations, human resources approaches, systems approaches, cultural approaches, and critical approaches. It also introduces specific issues within the study of organizational communication, including assimilation, decision-making, conflict, change, emotion, cultural diversity and communication technologies.
An introduction to the methods of philosophy of scientific research into the origins, nature, and effects of communication processes. Provides skills necessary for designing research projects and for interpreting and critically evaluating research results.
Research and study of special topics in communication. The student proposes the specific study to be undertaken and formally contracts with a faculty supervisor for guidance and evaluation. Ordinarily, projects will require the production of written materials as a basis for the evaluation. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits.
Provides field-based experience in communication through work in industry, government, education, etc. Pass-fail only. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. A maximum of three credit hours may be counted toward the communication major. For more information, visit the internship website at http://comm.uky.edu/intern.
Intensive study of a communication topic in professional, theoretical, and research methodology areas of communication.
Examines theory and research relevant to understanding advanced issues in organizational communication. Topics may include strategies of innovation, organizing, networking, decision-making, globalization, technology, power, and diversity.
Examines theory and research on the nature and development of small group communication. Topics include leadership, interpersonal relations and roles, goals, and decision-making in multiple organizational contexts.
Individual reading study on some communications aspects not treated in depth in a regular course or of topical interest. Advance consultation regarding reading list and examination procedure required.
Residency credit for dissertation research after the qualifying examination.
Professors will conduct research seminars in topics or problems in which they have special research interests.
Significant participation in important aspects of a research project under the direction of a graduate faculty member.
A topical seminar discussing issues in the field of health communication from a variety of perspectives, e.g., the relevance of interpersonal, international and intercultural and mass communication processes to the quality and availability of health care. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits.
Understanding workplace communication in U.S. society requires an interdisciplinary approach in preparing students to developing an enlightened consideration of the complex and contextual nature of communication in organizations. The emphasis on community,culture and citizenship is designed to engage students using dynamic learning experiences such as debates and discussion over topics relevant to the role of communication and organizations in U.S. society.
Intensive study of a specialized topic area in communication.
This course explores the role of communication in negotiation and conflict management in organizations. The course examines conflict theories and approaches, negotiation processes, and third party intervention through the study of strategies and tactics, interaction processes, phases and stages of negotiation development and conflict framing. The course examines strategies and tactics used in exchange of offers and counteroffers, salary negotiations, buying and selling of products, team bargaining, and multiparty negotiations.
Communication education abroad is an academically rigorous and experientially rich opportunity for students to work with a UK faculty member by participating in a formal study abroad course, research program, or service project related to one or more of many communication theories, concepts, and skills. Any communication education abroad offering will be grounded firmly in the communication discipline in ways designed to enrich one’s understanding of how individual and local communication norms and practices both shape and are shaped by global trends, communication, and interactions.
This course is concerned with theory and research relevant to organizational communication and related areas of interest. Special attention is given to various topics relevant to a specific subtitle.
This graduate course explores communication training and consultation as a research and instructional focus for students interested in applied communication. Students will learn how to identify and assess communication competence and how to develop training programs to enhance communication competency.

Journal Articles

Real, K., Santiago, J., Fay L., Isaacs, K., & Carll-White, A. (2019). The social logic of nursing communication and team processes in centralized and decentralized work spaces. Health Communication

Darnell, W., Real, K., & Bernard, A. C. (2019). Exploring family decisions to refuse organ donation at imminent death. Qualitative Health Research, doi.org/10.1177/1049732319858614

Fay, L., Cai, H., & Real, K. (2019). A systematic literature review of empirical studies on decentralized nursing stations. Health Environments Research and Design (HERD) Journal.

Real, K, Fay L., Isaacs, K., Carll-White, A., & Schadler, A. (2018). Using systems theory to examine patient and nurse structures, processes, and outcomes in centralized and decentralized units. Health Environments Research and Design (HERD) Journal https://doi.org/10.1177/1937586718763794

Scarduzio, J. A., Real, K., Slone, A., & Henning, Z. (2018, in press). Anticipatory socialization, self-determination theory, and meaningful work: Examining parents’ and children’s memorable messages about work. Management Communication Quarterly

Real, K., Bardach, S. H., & Bardach, D. R. (2017). The role of the built environment: How decentralized nurse stations shape communication, patient care processes, and patient outcomes. Health Communication, 32, 1557-1570. doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2016.1239302

Fay, L.L., Carll-White, A., Schadler, A., Isaacs, K., & Real, K. (2017). Shifting landscapes: The impact of centralized and decentralized nursing station models on the efficiency of care. Health Environments Research and Design (HERD) Journal, 10, 80-94. doi.org/10.1177/1937586717698812

Real, K. Fields-Elswick, K., & Bernard, A. C. (2017). Understanding resident performance, mindfulness and communication in critical care rotations. Journal of Surgical Education, 74, 503-512.

Bardach, S. H., Real, K., & Bardach, D. R. (2017). Perspectives of healthcare practitioners: An exploration of interprofessional communication using electronic medical records. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 31(3), 300-306.

Fay L. Carll-White, A., & Real, K, (in press). Emergency Nurses’ Perceptions of Efficiency and Design: Examining ED Structure, Process, and Outcomes Journal of Emergency Nursing

Real, K. (2016) Communication and generativity in Appreciative Inquiry practice: A review of recent peer-reviewed research. AI Practitioner, 18, 14-23.

Kim, S. & Real, K. (2016). A profile of inactive information seekers on influenza prevention: a survey of healthcare workers in Central Kentucky, Health Information and Libraries Journal

Trosten-Bloom, A. Noll Wilson, & Real, K. (2015). From “best” to “even better”: Rapid relational results at ARAG North America. AI Practitioner, 17, 57-67.

Guinther, L., White, A. C., & Real, K. (2014). One size does not fit all: A diagnostic post- occupancy evaluation model for an emergency department. Health Environments Research and Design (HERD) Journal, 7, 15-37.

Real, K., Kim, S. & Conigliaro, J. (2013). Using a validated health promotion tool to improve patient safety and increase healthcare personnel influenza vaccination rates. American Journal of Infection Control, 41, 691-696.

Hare, B., Cameron, I, Real, K. & Maloney, W. F. (2013). Exploratory case study of pictorial aids for communicating health and safety for migrant construction workers in England. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 139, 818-825.

Real, K., Mitnick, A. D., & Maloney, W. F. (2010). More similar than different: Millennials in the U.S. building trades Journal of Business and Psychology, 25, 303-313.

Real, K. (2010). Health-related organizational communication: A general platform for interdisciplinary research. Management Communication Quarterly, 24, 457-464.

Real, K., Bramson, R., & Poole, M. S. (2009). The symbolic and material nature of physician identity: Implications for physician-patient communication. Health Communication, 24, 575-587.

Real, K. (2008). Information seeking and workplace safety: A field application of the risk perception attitude framework. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 36, 338-358. Recipient, Distinguished Article Award, Applied Communication Division, National Communication Association (2010)

Real, K., & Rimal, R. N. (2007). Friends talk to friends about drinking: Exploring the role of peer communication in the theory of normative social behavior. Health Communication, 22, 169-180.

Real, K., & Putnam, L. L. (2005). Ironies in the discursive struggle of pilots defending the profession. Management Communication Quarterly, 19, 91-119.

Real, K., & Poole, M. S. (2005). Innovation implementation: Conceptualization and measurement in organizational research. In R. W. Woodman & W. A. Pasmore (Eds.), Research in Organizational Change and Development Vol. 15 (pp. 63- 135). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Rimal, R. N., & Real, K. (2005). How behaviors are influenced by perceived norms: A test of the theory of normative social behavior. Communication Research, 32, 389-414.

Rimal, R. N., Lapinski, M. K., Cook, R. J., & Real, K. (2005). Moving toward a theory of normative influences: How perceived benefits and similarity moderate the impact of descriptive norms on behavior. Journal of Health Communication, 10, 433-450.

Rimal, R. N., & Real, K. (2005). Assessing the importance of skin cancer: How question- order effects are influenced by issue involvement. Health Education & Behavior, 32, 398-412.

Rimal, R. N., & Real, K. (2003). Explaining the relationship between norms and behaviors: Implications for campaigns against alcohol abuse by college students. Communication Theory, 13, 184-203.

Rimal, R. N., & Real, K. (2003). Perceived risk and self-efficacy as motivators of change: Support for the risk perception attitude framework from two studies. Human Communication Research, 29, 370-399.

Dorsey, A. M., Sherer, C., & Real, K. (1999). The college tradition of Ôdrink Ôtil you dropÕ: The relationship between studentsÕ social networks and engaging in risky behaviors. Health Communication, 11, 313-334.

Handbook Chapters

Real, K. & Pilny, A. (2017) Health care teams as agents for change in health and risk messaging. In R. Parrott (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing. New York: Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.517

Real, K., & Poole, M. S. (2011). Health care teams: Communication and effectiveness. In T. L. Thompson, R. Parrott, & J. Nussbaum (Eds.) Handbook of Health Communication, 2nd Ed. (pp. 100-116). New York: Routledge.

Johnson, J. D., & Real, K. (2007). Organizational implementation and integration of information technology. In A. Salazar (Ed.), Handbook of Information Technology in Organizations and Electronic Markets. (pp. 77-91). London: World Scientific Publishing.

Poole, M.S., & Real, K. (2003). Groups and teams in health care: Communication and effectiveness. In T. L. Thompson, A. M. Dorsey, K. I. Miller, & R. Parrott (Eds.), Handbook of Health Communication (pp. 369-402). Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers.

Book/ Encyclopedia Chapters

Real, K. & Poole, M.S. A systems framework for health care team communication. (2015) In T. Harrison and E. Williams (Eds.), Communication, Health, and Organizations. (pp. 49-64). New York: Routledge.

Real, K. & Buckner, M. (2014). Interprofessional communication: Health care teams and medical interpreters. N. Harrington (Ed.), Health Communication: Theory, Method and Application. (pp. 147-178). New York: Routledge.

Real, K., & Street, R. L., Jr. (2009). Doctor-patient communication from an organizational perspective. In D. Brashers & D. Goldsmith (Eds.), Communicating to Manage Health and Illness (pp. 65-90). New York: Routledge.

Real, K. (2014). Health care teams. Encyclopedia of Health Communication. SAGE Publications.