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Amanda Slone

Email: amanda.slone [at] uky.edu

Personal Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandaslone

B.A., Organizational Communication, University of Kentucky, 2014; M.A., Communication, University of Kentucky, 2016

Organizational and Instructional Communication

Amanda Slone (M.A., University of Kentucky, 2016) is a second-year Ph.D. student in Communication and Information Studies in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky. Her research interests include both organizational and instructional communication, and she focuses on topics like training and development; socialization/assimilation; feedback messages; professionalism; work-life balance; leadership; network analysis; classroom justice; cross-cultural differences; and technology. Amanda takes a mixed-methods approach to her research - applying both quantitative (e.g., machine learning, topic modeling) and qualitative (e.g., inductive coding) methods in her work. Her research has been published in journals such as Communication Education and Communication Teacher. In addition, she is a graduate teaching assistant and has experience teaching both organizational and interpersonal communication. Amanda remains active within the graduate program. Most recently, she was elected the President of the Communication Graduate Student Association (CGSA) for the 2017 - 2018 academic year.

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Courses Taught

This writing intensive course examines basic verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process between individuals in various interpersonal contexts. Course also requires participation in written and oral activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills. Topics may include: perspective-taking, relationship and conversation management, effective listening, conflict management, communication climate, communication anxiety, and cultural/gender differences in interpersonal communication.
A study of the processes involved in attitude change, with emphasis on the preparation and delivery of persuasive messages.
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.