Elizabeth Spencer

Teaching Assistant

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, and Visual Communication

Elizabeth Spencer is a doctoral student 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. Ms. Spencer has taught COM 252, Interpersonal Communication; multiple sections of Persuasive Speaking, COM 287; and has served as a teaching assistant for COM 313, Close Interpersonal Relationships. She is currently teaching COM 325, Organizational Communication. Follow Ms. Spencer 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.