Faculty Image Placeholder 500x

Jennifer L. Fairchild, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


  • B.A. Georgetown College, English
  • M.A. University of Kentucky, Communication
  • Ph.D. University of Kentucky, Communication, emphasis in Health & Interpersonal Communication

Research/Academic Interests

  • Extended dissertation research involving women’s narrative reconstruction post-miscarriage and the social support offered to women post-miscarriage
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Health communication
  • Leadership and change
  • Intercultural communication
  • Gender and communication


Dr. Fairchild’s dissertation work has been presented at meetings of the National Communication Association, Kentucky Communication Association, and the Southern States Communication Association. Her research also has been featured in such journals as:
  • PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, Illness, Crisis, and Loss
  • Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Journal of Effective Teaching
  • The Communication Center Journal

Associations/Affiliations/Work History

  • NCA, member
  • KCA, member
  • SSCA, member


  • 2017 recipient of the Excellence in Online Teaching Award, presented by the Office of e-Campus Learning at Eastern Kentucky University
  • 2018 recipient of the Most Outstanding Distinguished Educational Leader Award, presented by the EKU Student Government Association
  • 2021 recipient of the Excellence in the Art of Teaching Award
  • 2021 recipient of the Undergraduate Mentor Award