Kimberly A. Parker Named Director of Undergraduate Studies for ISC

Lexington, KY—The Department of Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC) in the College of Communication and Information has named Kimberly A. Parker as its Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). Dr. Parker is the third ISC faculty member to assume the title, succeeding professors Beth Barnes and Hyun Ju Jeong.

Dr. Jeong, who pioneered the position in 2018, describes the DUS role as “[contributing] to the academic and intellectual growth of the department through consultation with faculty, staff, and committee members on matters including enrollment policy, curriculum development, and course offerings.”

The DUS supports the academic experience of ISC students by advising them one-on-one, collaborating with CI advising staff on course enrollment, and working with various faculty and staff members to address pressing needs for ISC’s undergraduate program.

Dr. Parker holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma and was a Fulbright Scholar during the 2019-2020 school year in Macedonia. She studies strategic communication, social marketing and social influence (persuasion and resistance). Her scholarship has appeared in numerous presentations (five top paper awards), book chapters, and journal publications, such as Communication Monographs, Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Journal of Public Relations Research, Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, and Health Communication, among other journals. Dr. Parker also has  25 years experience working with non-profits in the area of social change campaigns. She is currently working with the UNHCR-Macedonia, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass, and Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice.

“I am excited to assume the DUS position,” Dr. Parker says, “as it allows me the privilege to work closely with ISC students as they lay the foundation for their future careers.”

Contact ISC Director of Undergraduate Studies Kimberly Parker at kimberly.a.parker@uky.edu, or by phone at (859) 218-3746.