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Tara Watterson

Teaching Assistant


Office: 308 Breckinridge

Email: tara.watterson [at] uky.edu

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

Education
M.S., North Carolina State University

Specialties
Strategic Communication, Organizational Communication

Bio
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 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 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.