Communication Studies


psychological safety of teams
Psychological safety can be defined as the “belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes.” Clearly, no one sets out to appear incompetent in the eyes of their boss or co-workers. As a result, workers often avoid asking questions, voicing concerns, admitting to weaknesses, or...
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communication studies
The topic of first impressions is explored extensively in communication studies courses, such as business and professional speaking or interpersonal communication. Research suggests that impressions of others are formed within the first seven seconds of an interaction. This means that before we utter the first words of a presentation or conversation, we are already being...
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sarah kelley communication studies
Sarah Kelly graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. Sarah is currently a student services program coordinator for the University of Louisville. She completed her bachelor’s degree online and recently shared her thoughts about her EKU Online experience.
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John T. Strada Communication
A veteran and multiple award-winning EKU instructor for more than 15 years, John Strada believes in accessibility and taking an active part in his student’s educational experience. Strada goes above and beyond to ensure his online students have just as much opportunity to interact and build a relationship with him as their on-campus counterparts. Strada’s...
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overcoming anxiety
Many social science undergraduate students are required to take a courses in research methods and/or statistics. This is most likely the most dreaded class among students.
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Communication Award Fairchild
Dr. Jennifer Fairchild, a professor in the School of Communication at EKU, received two awards at the Kentucky Communication Association (KCA) annual conference in September 2021. Fairchild received the Excellence in the Art of Teaching Award, which recognizes pedagogy and curriculum development as well as an educator who is devoted to bettering students and assisting...
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Smiling radio host working in sound room
An effective communicator is able to resolve conflict, sell products and services to the public, maintain strong relationships with clients, customers, and investors, and make sure everyone is operating on the same page. Employers increasingly list communication skills as the heart of advancement, promotion, and leadership opportunities.
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Young professional gives a presentation to employees
Employers recognize that competent communication skills are the heart of advancement, promotion, and leadership opportunities. According to a 2017 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, employers and administrators report that competent communication skills are one of the top three skills graduates need to succeed. The Association of American Colleges and Universities reported in 2015...
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Mother, father, and daughter have a conversation in their kitchen as they eat
We are all members of a family. Some of us interact with our family on a daily basis, some of us are not in contact with our families at all, and some of us have non-blood ties with our families.  Every family is different and the perfect family does not exist.  Communication within our families...
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