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Jennifer Anderson

Jenn Anderson

Title

Associate Professor, Health Communication Minor Coordinator

Office Building

Pugsley Center

Office

115

Mailing Address

Pugsley Cont Ed Center 115
School of Communication & Journalism-Box 2218
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007

Biography

Jenn Anderson (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at South Dakota State Universityand the Coordinator of the Health Communication Minor.

In addition to teaching courses in Health Communication, she also teaches research methods, as well as Interpersonal Communication.

Her research has appeared in American Behavioral Scientist, Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Human Lactation, and Qualitative Health Research, among others.

Education

2012
Doctor of Philosophy, Communication, Michigan State University.

2008
Master of Arts, Communication, Miami University.

2004
Bachelor of Arts, Communication, Truman State University.

Academic Interests/Expertise

Health Communication
Community-Based Research
Social Justice
Research Methodology (surveys, measurement, interviews, focus groups, qualitative data analysis, statistics)

Academic Responsibilities

I teach 3 courses each semester.

I regularly teach these courses:
SPCM 201 (Interpersonal Communication)
SPCM 305 (Communication Research)
SPCM 440 (Health Communication)
SPCM 441 (Health Communication Research Methods)
SPCM 787 (Research Methods in Speech Communication)

I also mentor undergraduate and graduate student research. 7 student researchers I mentored have had their work published in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. My mentees have given a total of 23 research presentations at national, regional, and local academic conferences. Below is a list of their research accomplishments.

Published Student Research Articles (*denotes a graduate student researcher, **denotes an undergraduate student researcher)

1) Roscoe, R. A.*, & Anderson, J. (2019). Civilian and veteran perceptions of communicated stigma about veterans with PTSD. Discourse: Journal of the SCASD, 5, 1–17. https://openprairie.sdstate.edu/discoursejournal/vol5/iss2/1/
2) Anderson, J., Dirks, L.**, Graesser, N.**, & Block, P.** (2017). Family size decreases conversation orientation and increases conformity orientation. Discourse: Journal of the SCASD, 4, 7–24. https://openprairie.sdstate.edu/discoursejournal/vol4/iss1/2/
3) Malterud, A.*, & Anderson, J. (2016). Weight-based stigma and self-esteem: A test and extension of the stigma communication model. Discourse: The Journal of the SCASD, 3, 16–38. Retrieved from https://openprairie.sdstate.edu/discoursejournal/vol3/iss1/4/
• We won Scholars of the Year, from the National States Advisory Council (of the National Communication Association), based on this article
4) Smith, A.**, & Konda, K.** (2013). Differences in relational maintenance strategies: A comparative study. Journal of Undergraduate Research [South Dakota State University], 11, article 8. Retrieved from http://openprairie.sdstate.edu/jur/vol11/iss1/8

Student Research Presented at National Conferences

1) Buisker, L.**, & Anderson, J. (2019, November 13–17). How women describe the influence of maternity leave experiences on their perceptions of and loyalty to their employers [Conference session]. NCA Convention, Baltimore, MD, USA.
2) Roscoe, R. A.*, Anderson, J. (2019, November 13–17). Civilian Descriptions of Veterans with PTSD: Communicatively Managing Stigma on Behalf of the Stigmatized [Paper presentation]. NCA Convention, Baltimore, MD, USA.
3) Roscoe, R. A.*, & Anderson, J. (2019, November 13–17). "Diseased animals”: How veterans use metaphors to describe PTSD [Conference session]. NCA Convention, Baltimore, MD, USA.
4) Roscoe, R.*, & Anderson, J. (2018, November 7–11). Civilian and veteran perceptions of communicated stigma about veterans with PTSD [Paper presentation]. NCA Convention, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
5) Roscoe, R.*, & Anderson, J. (2018, November 7–11). War Games: Can stigma communication and stigma management communication “play nicely together” to explain how civilians talk about veterans with PTSD [Conference session]. NCA Convention, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
6) Smith, A., & Konda, K. (2013, November). “Relational maintenance strategies, communication channels, and relationship types: A comparative study.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA, Washington, D.C.

Student Research Presented at Regional Conferences

7) Hartelt, J.*, & Anderson, J. (2019, April 3–7). “I don’t want to hear about your dick”: Communicatively managing stigma surrounding foreskin restoration [Paper presentation]. Central States Communication Association (CSCA) Convention, Omaha, NE, USA.
8) Malterud, A.*, & Anderson, J. (2017, April). Weight-based stigma and self-esteem: A test and extension of the stigma communication model. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the CSCA, Minneapolis, MN.
• Won Top Paper in the Health Communication Interest Group
9) Williams, E. (2019, April). Communicating with College Students About Mental Illness. Paper presented at to the UHRC for presentation at the CSCA Annual Conference, Omaha, NE.
10) Bendix, K. (2017, March). Social media, social comparison, self-esteem, and student success. Poster presented at the Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference, Brookings, SD.
• Won first place poster in the Arts & Humanities category
11) Dirks, L., & Block, P. (2017, March). The effect of number of siblings on relational maintenance and family communication orientations. Paper presented at the Upper Midwest Regional Undergraduate Communication Research Conference, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD.
12) Smith, A., & Konda, K. (2013, April). Differences in relational maintenance strategies across relationship types and communication channels: A comparative study. Paper presented at the St. Thomas Undergraduate Communication Research Conference, St. Paul, MN.
13) Malterud, A. (2016). Do college students see stigma the same way experts do? An experimental test of lay perceptions of body-size stigma. Poster presented at the Health Communication Mini-Conference, Brookings, SD.
• Won top graduate student poster

Student Research Presented at Local Conferences

14) Pappas, K. (2021). Ageism against young adults: Comparing the differences between “typical” older adult and younger adult healthcare experiences. Poster presented at the SDSU Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Day.
15) Monson, A. (2020). Nurses need our help as much as we need theirs. Poster presented at the SDSU Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Day.
16) Zybaylova, S., & Anderson, J. (2020, February). #MyCommunityMyStory: Providing Access to Higher Education to Native American Students through Photovoice. Presented at South Dakota Higher Education Association Annual Conference, Sioux Falls, SD.
17) Scofield, S. (2019, April). Comparing communication practices of physician assistants, nurse-practitioners, and physicians: An observational study. Poster presented at the SDSU Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Day.
18) Glanzer, R. (2018, April). Bridging the communication gap: The impact and implications of communication in international service trips. Poster presented at COMM Day poster session.
19) Bendix, K. (2017, April). Social media, social comparison, self-esteem, and student success. Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity Day (URSCAD) at South Dakota State University (SDSU).
• Won award for “Most Relevant to Communication”
20) Dirks, L., & Block, P. (2017, April). The effect of number of siblings on relational maintenance and family communication orientations. Poster presented at URSCAD at SDSU.
21) Reiner, S. (2016, April). The role of faith in medical practice: A critique of its influence on health care provider communication. Poster presented at URSCAD at SDSU.
• Won top poster from the College of Arts & Sciences
22) Jorgenson, A. (2013, April). Social media and voting behavior in the 2012 election. Poster presented at URSCAD at SDSU.
23) Smith, A., & Konda, K. (2013, April). Differences in relational maintenance strategies across relationship types and communication channels: A comparative study. Poster presented at URSCAD at SDSU.
• Won top poster from the Communication Studies & Theatre Department

Committee Activities

University Faculty Senate
• Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 | President
• Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 | Vice President
• Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 | Secretary
University Committees
• Fall 2020 – Five-Year Administrative Review Committee for Vice President and University General Counsel
• Summer 2020 – Faculty Handbook Committee
• Spring 2019 – Spring 2021 | Integrated Marketing & Communications Committee
o Fall 2020 – Spring 2021, Chair [automatic succession from Vice Chair]
o Fall 2019 – Spring 2020, Vice Chair
o Fall 2018 – Spring 2019, Member
• Spring 2019 | Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Member

Awards and Honors

Research
11 grants totaling $193,575. 40 peer-reviewed publications [23 international, 13 national, 4 regional/state]. 478 citations. 32 peer-reviewed conference presentations. 18 peer-reviewed conference panels. 2 top papers. Berg Outstanding Young Scholar (SDSU), Scholar of the Year (National States Advisory Council), Outstanding Scholar (College of Arts & Sciences, SDSU).

Teaching
Advanced Online Teaching Certification. Outstanding Young Speech Teacher (Speech Communication Association of South Dakota. Six sections of bridge courses taught online. Nine courses taught overall, from SPCM 101 to graduate research methods. Recognitions for outstanding teaching: David Fee Memorial Lecture, Victor Webster Faculty Lectureship.

Mentorship
12 master’s advisees. 100% placement rate in doctoral programs (among those who applied). 13 undergraduate research advisees. 3 co-authored publications. 6 national peer-reviewed presentations, 6 regional peer-reviewed presentations, 7 local presentations. Graduate advisees were awarded: Scholar of the Year (National States Advisory Council), Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award, First place poster (Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference), top graduate poster (Health Communication Mini-Conference), top poster in Communication Studies & Theatre (Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & Creativity Day at SDSU).

Leadership
Faculty Senate, Integrated Marketing & Communications Committee, College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Council, COJO Graduate Programs, Interest Groups in Central States Communication Association, Health Communication Minor Coordinator, Search Committee Chair

Service
Faculty Senate, Integrated Marketing & Communications Committee, College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Council, COJO Graduate Programs, Interest Groups in Central States Communication Association, Health Communication Minor Coordinator, Search Committee Chair

Grants

Isaacson, M. (PI), & Anderson, J. (co-PI). (2021). “Efficacy test of culturally responsive messaging about palliative care for Native Americans.” R-21 grant proposal for submitted to the National Institute of Nursing Research [PAR-19-057] in June 2021; $250,000.

Anderson, J. (Co-PI), Hendricks, M. (Co-PI), & Lucchesi, R. (Co-PI). (2020). “South Dakota Department of Health 2020-21 Ad Evaluation.” South Dakota Department of Health Tobacco Control Program, $30,000.

Anderson, J. (2019). “#MyCommunityMyStory: Wokini Scholars and college hopefuls from Oglala Sioux Nation tell their stories through photovoice.” Wokini Challenge Grant, $6,880.  

Kuehl, R. A., & Anderson, J. (2016). “Women in human trafficking public education event.” Funded by the Women and Giving Program at the SDSU Foundation, $1,500. 

Britt, B. (Co-PI), Britt, R. (Co-PI), & Anderson, J. (Co-PI). (2015). “Sharing Hope and Healing: Evaluating and Promoting Living Kidney Donation through a Social Media Campaign.” Internal grant through Dean of College of Nursing who had surplus funds on an NIH grant. Awarded $99,974. 

Britt, R. (PI), Britt, B. (Co-PI), & Anderson, J. (Co-PI). (2015). “The Health Communication Mini-Conference at South Dakota State University.” Funded by the National Communication Association, $5,000.  

Schwaegerl, M., Anderson, J. [Principal evaluator], Hildreth, M., Yoder, J., Gerlach, A., & Klug, S. (2014). “Prenatal Education Outreach to University Students.” Funded by the March of Dimes South Dakota Chapter, $2,000. 

Anderson, J. (Co-PI), Kuehl, R. (Co-PI), Tschetter, L., Schwaegerl, M., Yoder, J., Gullickson, H., Hildreth, M., Bachman, C., Drury, S. (2013). “Baby-Friendly Brookings: Promoting Civic Discourse to Support Breastfeeding.” Funded by the Bush Foundation, $73,721.  

Schaefer, R., Mehrib, V., Stalley, J., & Anderson, J. [Principal evaluator]. (2013, 2014). “State-wide evaluation of Clubs against Tobacco program at Boys and Girls Clubs in South Dakota.” Funded by the South Dakota Department of Health.  

Anderson, J. (PI), Hungerford, H., Kang, S. W., Kuehl, R. A., Schwaegerl, M., Delbridge, E., & Yoder, J. (2012). “Rural mothers’ experiences with the innovative doula program at Brookings Health System.” Funded by the Rural Health Research Center at South Dakota State University, $2,500. 

Anderson, J. (PI), Hungerford, H., Kang, S. W., Kuehl, R. A., Schwaegerl, M., Delbridge, E., & Yoder, J. (2012). “The impact of a volunteer doula program at Brookings Health System: Implications for rural mothers and female SDSU students.” Funded by the Women and Giving Program at the SDSU Foundation, $2,000. 

Professional Memberships

National Communication Association
Central States Communication Association

Area(s) of Research

Health Communication

Stigma Communication

Community-Based Participatory Research

To access research publications follow the links to my Google Scholar Profile or Open Prairie page listed at the top of this page.

Applications of Research

Understanding how we talk about health issues helps us develop innovative, sustainable approaches to improving health in our communities.

For example, in 2014, our team held a public deliberation event about breastfeeding support in local workplaces. Based on the suggestions from community members, we created action steps. Our team then collaborated with the South Dakota Department of Health to implement the Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Initiative, which met many of the community's goals for increasing breastfeeding support. Over 100 Brookings businesses have taken the pledge to be breastfeeding-friendly. The initiative has now spread across the state of South Dakota.

Department(s)

Links

Curriculum Vita (updated 9.22.21) -- accessible Word documentHealth Communication MinorGoogle Scholar Profile

Open Prairie

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