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Kevin Real

Associate Professor


Office: 247 Grehan

Phone: 859-257-6938

Email: Kevin.Real [at] uky.edu

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

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

Specialties
Organizational communication, health communication, group communication, research methods

Bio
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.

Awards
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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Organ Donation Decisions in Imminent Death

Researchers: Kevin Real

Sponsors: Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates

Dates: October 16, 2015 to October 15, 2017


Courses Taught

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.
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.
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.
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 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., Bardach, S., & Bardach, D. (in press). The role of the built environment: How decentralized nurse stations shape communication, patient care processes and patient outcomes. Health Communication.

Fay, L.L., Carll-White, A., Schadler, A., Isaacs, K., & Real, K. (in press). Shifting landscapes: The impact of centralized and decentralized nursing station models on the efficiency of care. Health Environments Research and Design (HERD) Journal

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

Bardach, S., Bardach, D., & Real, K. (in press) Perspectives of healthcare practitioners: Challenges with electronic medical record utilization for interprofessional communication. BMJ Quality Safety

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.

Real, K., Bardach, S., & Bardach, D. (in press). The role of the built environment: How decentralized nurse stations shape communication, patient care processes and patient outcomes. Health Communication.

Handbook Chapters

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.

Conference Papers

Real, K, Guinther, L., Carll-White, A. (2014, November). ÒThereÕs no good face-to-face communication unless we go hunt them downÓ: Analyzing communication in emergency department design. Healthcare Design Conference, Sand Diego, CA

Real, K. & Kim, S. (2013, April) Employing the risk perception attitude framework to understand communication and patient safety in a healthcare organization. Southern States Communication Association, Louisville, KY. (Top Competitive Paper Panel, Applied Communication Division).

Real, K., Bernard, A., Fields-Elswick, K. (2013, March). Communication, mindfulness, and medical resident performance in hospital critical care rotations. DCHC George Mason Univ Health Communication conference, Alexandria, VA.

Real, K. & Cooper, M. D. (2009, May). The importance of communication factors to safety climate: An exploratory analysis International Communication Association, Chicago.

Real, K. & Dixon, K. (2007, November). Communication in the field: A study of safety critical messages in a high reliability organization. National Communication Association, Chicago.

Real, K. (2007, May). Information seeking and workplace safety: A field application of the Risk Perception Attitude Framework. International Communication Association, San Francisco.

Real, K., & Putnam, L. L. (2005, May). Ironies in the discursive struggle of ÒPilots Defending the ProfessionÓ International Communication Association, New York.

Rimal, R., N., Real, K. & Morrison, D. (2004, May). Expanding the theory of normative influences: The role of ambiguity and identity. International Communication Association, New Orleans. (Top Three Paper, Health Communication Division).

Real, K., Bramson, R., & Poole, M. S. (2003, November). ÒÓKnow your limitationsÓ: A field study of memorable messages and the construction of physician identityÓ. National Communication Association, Miami.

Real, K., Poole, M. S., & Bramson, R. (2003, May). Identity types and organizational contexts: An inquiry into physicians in organizations International Communication Association convention, San Diego, CA.

Rimal, R. N., Cook, R. J., Lapinski, M. K., & Real, K. (2003, May) Toward a theory of normative influences: How injunctive norms and group identity moderate the influence of descriptive norms on behaviors. International Communication Association, San Diego, CA. (Top Three Paper, Health Communication Division).

Real, K. & Rimal, R. N. (2002, November). Friends talk to friends about drinking: Examining the role of communication in alcohol use by college students. National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA. (Top Three Paper, Health Communication Division).

Rimal, R. N., Real, K., & Hamm, F. (2002, July). How do normative perceptions influence behaviors? The moderating role of six underlying cognitive mechanisms. International Communication Association, Seoul, South Korea. (Top Three Paper, Health Communication Division).

Rimal, R. N & Real, K. (2001, May). Perceived risk and self-efficacy as motivators of change: Support for the risk perception attitude framework from two studies. International Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Real, K. & Rimal, R. N. (2001, May). Assessing the importance of skin cancer: Effects of frames of reference and issue involvement. International Communication Association, Washington, D.C. (Top Three Paper, Health Communication Division).

Real, K. (2000, November). Gender and perceptions of relational interaction in task groups. National Communication Association, Seattle. (Top Student Paper Group Communication Division).