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Whittney Darnell

Teaching Assistant


Office: 308 Breckinridge

Phone: 859-218-6663

Email: whemmi0 [at] g.uky.edu

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

Specialties
Health Communication, Interpersonal Communication

Bio
Concentrated in the discipline of Health Communication, my focus is on quality conversations between healthcare professionals, patients, and their families. Current research interests/projects include investigating evisit doctor-patient communication, communicating teen miscarriage, KODA organ donation conversations, and parent-provider conversations.


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Courses Taught

An examination of the interplay between the technology and content of the mass communication media.
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 communicatiion.
A study of the processes involved in attitude change, with emphasis on the preparation and delivery of persuasive messages.
Focuses on describing and explaining communication processes that occur within the context of close relationships. Three general topic areas include: (1) developing and escalating relationships, (2) satisfying relationships, and (3) coping with relational challenges.
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.