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Lauren Roberson

Teaching Assistant


Office: 206 McVey Hall

Phone: 859-257-4102

Email: brinkman.lauren [at] uky.edu

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

Specialties
Health Communicaton

Bio
Lauren is an Instructor and PhD student in the Department of Communication, College of Communication & Information. Prior to joining the department, Lauren worked as a research associate on two social marketing projects aimed at improving fruit and vegetable intake among low-resource Kentuckians for the Nutrition Education Program. Lauren also worked as a clinical dietitian at UK Good Samaritan Hospital for 2 years before that. She has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics as well as a Master of Science in Dietetic Administration; both from the University of Kentucky. Lauren's master's thesis was a qualitative study that focused on gestational diabetes education. She evaluated a gestational diabetes education program and provided feedback to the hospital to help improve the program for participants. Lauren has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 2009. She is the current President of the district association. Lauren is married to James Roberson, a mechanical engineer. Lauren and James live in Lexington, KY with their pug Winston & chug Hank.


  • Office Hours
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8:00 amCOM 326 - 001
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9:30 am COM 351 - 003
 COM 351 - 003
 
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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.
Considers various theoretical perspectives which lead to a more thorough understanding of communication processes. Begins with discussion of the development of theory and inquiry. Includes perspectives of systems, cognitive, behavioral, affective, symbolic interactionist, dramatic, cultural and social reality, interpretive and critical theories.
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.