Elizabeth Spencer

Teaching Assistant

Office: 206 McVey Hall

Phone: 859-257-4102

Email: liz.spencer [at] uky.edu

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

M.A. Communication, Pittsburg State University; B.S. Communication-Public Relations, Mass Communication minor, Missouri Southern State University; A.A. Professional Photography, Hawkeye Community College

Health, Interpersonal, Family, Organizational, and Visual Communication, and Public Relations

Elizabeth Spencer is a doctoral candidate interested in family and interpersonal communication in health contexts. Her recent research includes investigating interpersonal communication issues and media messages in relation to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia patients, their caregivers, and care facilities. Ms. Spencer hopes to further explore family, interpersonal, and health communication variables. At the University of Kentucky, Ms. Spencer has taught health, interpersonal, and organization communication courses, and persuasive speaking. She is currently teaching COM 471, Introduction to Health Communication and COM 352, Interpersonal Communication and Social Media. Follow her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lspencercommunication/ and ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Elizabeth_Spencer7

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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.
Designed to introduce students to basic concepts in the study of organizational communication. The course considers approaches to the practice and study of communication within organizational settings, including classical approach, human relations, human resources approaches, systems approaches, cultural approaches, and critical approaches. It also introduces specific issues within the study of organizational communication, including assimilation, decision-making, conflict, change, emotion, cultural diversity and communication technologies.
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.
This course examines theory and research relevant to health communication including interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication approaches. Topics include the role of communication in general models of health and illness, the relationship between patients and healthcare providers, social support, and health campaigns.
With the proliferation of technologically advanced social media (e.g., Facebook, chat, Twitter) available at the fingertips of individuals through multiple channels (e.g., phone, iPad, laptop, online video games), interpersonal relationships are being affected. Negotiating this relatively new, understudied, and quickly evolving terrain can present relational difficulties for a variety of relationships types. Students in this class will gain a thorough understanding of multiple communication platforms and the communication theory that can explain the interactions occurring in each platform, as well as improve their mediated communication skills to enhance interpersonal relationships.