Tara Watterson

Teaching Assistant

Office: 308 Breckinridge

Phone: -

Email: tara.watterson [at] uky.edu

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

M.S., North Carolina State University

Strategic Communication, Organizational Communication

Tara Watterson, M.S., is a communication researcher, strategist, and teacher. My focus is developing communication solutions using data to inform strategy and research to evaluate results. My curiosity and drive to develop more tools for problem solving led me to the University of Kentucky, where I am teaching and studying to earn my Ph.D. in communication. My studies currently focus on improving communication to increase performance and outcomes among healthcare and social sector organizations, particularly interorganizational collaborations.

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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 communicatiion.
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.