Kimberly Stoltzfus


Office: 250 Grehan

Phone: 859-218-3776

Email: kimberly.stoltzfus [at] uky.edu

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

University of California, Santa Barbara

Research: homeland security, terrorism communication, decision making, change mgmt

Kimberly Stoltzfus is a Lecturer at the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. She also has served as a Research Fellow with the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany. A former senior change management consultant in Washington, D.C., her work primarily focuses on inter-organizational change deliberation, stakeholder analysis and risk and policy in government, terrorism communication, and science and technology innovation. Dr. Stoltzfus holds a PhD in communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

College of Education ‘Teachers Who Made a Difference' Award 2015

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Courses Taught

Considers various theoretical perspectives which lead to a more thorough understanding of communication processes. Begins with discussion of the development of theory and inquiry. Includes perspectives of systems, cognitive, behavioral, affective, symbolic interactionist, dramatic, cultural and social reality, interpretive and critical theories.
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.
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.
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.
This course examines strategic risk and crisis communication research, theory, and practices. Special emphasis is placed on crisis planning, media relationships, image restoration, ethical responses, and organizational learning.
Communication Strategies for Professional Excellence introduces students to a variety of technical and business theories and practices designed to be applicable to business communication in the real world. This course is focused on communication strategies to use once the job has been secured, rather than those to get the job (i.e., resume, cover letter, interviewing). Specifically, the course teaches the fundamentals of good business communication, including protocols for writing media notices/releases, marketing copy, business letters, memoranda, electronic mail, thank you notes, apology letters, persuasive messages, and business plans. Throughout these writing assignments, you will also become acquainted with the strategies used by communication professionals such as functions of media, employee, community, government, investor, and consumer relations. In addition, there will be instruction in oral presentation and in depth practice on both an individual and a collaborative basis. Finally, students will also learn tactics for running a business meeting, dealing with organizational conflict, and finding ways to enhance their business communication through technically based media.

Refereed Journal Publications

Stoltzfus, K., Stohl, C., & Seibold, D. R. (2011). Articulating Òstakeholder paradoxÓ in decisions about government change. Journal of Organizational Change Management.

Myers, K., Jahn, J., Gailliard, B., & Stoltzfus, K. Vocational Anticipatory Socialization (VAS): A communicative model of adolescents? Interests in STEM. Management Communication Quarterly.

(in review) Newfield, C., Alimahomed, K., Macala, J., & Stoltzfus, K. Is nanotechnology changing scientific collaboration?: Survey evidence from a nano-oriented campus. Nature and Nanotechnology.

Busselle, R. W., Reagan, J., Pinkleton, B., & Jackson (Stoltzfus), K. (1999). Factors affecting Internet use in asaturated-access population. Telematics and Informatics, 16, 45-58. *Also in Communication Abstracts, 23(4), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

(in review) Stoltzfus, K., Gamboa, C., Seibold, D. Toward a method for stakeholder analysis in organizational change. Organizational Studies.

Book Chapters

Putnam, L., et al. (2009). 21st century STEM careers: Communication perspectives and research opportunities. In L. Harter & M.J. Dutta (Eds.), Engaging communication theory, research, and pedagogy to communicate for social impact. Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

National Report Contributor

Meares, C., et al. (1999). The digital work force: Building infotech skills at the speed of innovation. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce.

Other Publications

Stoltzfus, K. (2008, Winter). Top 10 Principles for enticing organizations to support your research. UCSB Grad Division News, Winter Ed.