Nick
Proferes
nproferes@uky.edu
859-218-3417
352 Lucille Little Library

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Fatima
Espinoza-Vasquez
Fatima.EspinozaVasquez@uky.edu
859-218-229
316 Lucille Little Library
Kelly
McAninch
kelly.mcaninch@uky.edu
859-323-4334
277 Blazer Dining
Bio: 

Kelly McAninch (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is an assistant professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Communication. She teaches several interpersonal communication and close relationships courses and serves as the course director for COM 252. Her program of research seeks to illuminate how individuals manage conversations about difficult topics, particularly discussions between romantic partners about relationship issues.

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Renee
Kaufmann
Renee.Kaufmann@uky.edu
328 Lucille Little Library
Bio: 

Dr. Renee Kaufmann joins the School of Information Science faculty with a Masters and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Kentucky. Before pursuing graduate studies, Kaufmann worked for five years as a seventh grade teacher. This is where she started to question how communication really influenced learning outcomes. “I was baffled how some teachers would say things to students and the students would love the class and them, and then on the other hand, there would be other teachers who would say the same things and the students would hate the class and the teacher.” Kaufmann’s need for understanding the impact of communication on the classroom has extended into the online classroom. “It makes sense to move what we know about the traditional classroom into the online context. In the end, we want to build and deliver quality learning experiences.” Kaufmann’s research interest includes exploring online learning in higher education and the use communication technologies for educational and relational outcomes. More specifically, she focuses on how instructors can enhance the learning experience for their online students, as well as how communication on social media platforms can enhance or hinder learning and relationships. Her recent work has appeared in Communication Education, Communication Teacher, Communication Research Reports, Health Communication, and Computers in Human Behavior.

Amy L. H.
Gaffney
amy.gaffney@uky.edu
859-257-9470
310E Lucille Little Library (LCLI)
Marko
Dragojevic
marko.dragojevic@uky.edu
859-218-3349
238 Blazer Dining
Bio: 

 

Marko Dragojevic (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. He studies language and interpersonal/intergroup communication. In particular, his research focuses on the communicative significance of linguistic variation – that is, differences in language use, including the use of different accents, dialects, and languages. His research tries to answer three broad questions: (1) How do we evaluate different language varieties and the speakers who use them? (2) How do those evaluations influence our own and others’ communicative behavior? (3) What are the cognitive and affective processes underlying those effects? He pursues these questions in three related lines of research: language attitudes, linguistic accommodation, and linguistic framing in persuasion. His recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Human Communication Research, Language in Society, and Journal of Health Communication.

Jennifer
Scarduzio
jennifer.scarduzio@uky.edu
859-257-2954
240 Blazer Dining
Bio: 

Jennifer Scarduzio (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication. Her research examines the intersections of organizational, health, and interpersonal communication. She focuses on experiences of violence, identity, and wellness. Currently, she is working on multiple projects related to intimate partner violence (IPV), including: 1) perceptions of male and female perpetrators, 2) services offered for male and female perpetrators, 3) health concerns of IPV survivors, and 4) survivors' experiences navigating through the criminal justice system. Additionally, she studies the perpetration of employee sexual harassment across multiple settings, such as on social networking sites. She has published in journals and books such as Communication Monographs, Management Communication Quarterly, Health Communication, Violence Against Women, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the Handbook of Health Communication, among others.

Andrew
Pilny
andy.pilny@uky.edu
859-257-8676
236 Blazer Dining
Bio: 

 

Andrew Pilny (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. His main research areas concerns the develop of effective organizing social systems and structures. His research has been applied to nonprofit organizations, social movement groups, work teams, and dark organizations. Andy also specializes in social network analysis. His work has been featured in Information, Communication, & Society, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, Communication Yearbook, Western Journal of Communication, and Social Psychology Quarterly. 

Kyra
Hunting
kyra.hunting@uky.edu
859-218-3747
308 Blazer Dining
Adriane
Grumbein
agrumbein@uky.edu
859-218-3748
McVey 218

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