Elizabeth Spencer, Ph.D.

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    Elizabeth A. Spencer, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC) in the College of Communication and Information (CI) at the University of Kentucky. Elizabeth holds degrees in communication, public relations, mass communication, and photography. Dr. Spencer’s research and creative scholarship examines visual communication, digital media, and communication of health issues and contexts. Much of her research investigates media messages and communication issues relating to persons living with dementia and their caregivers.  

    Elizabeth has taught communication and media courses since 2014. She currently teaches creative strategic communication, multimedia, and ethics courses for ISC. She advises and mentors ISC undergraduate and CI graduate students. In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Elizabeth has almost a decade of professional experience in leadership roles and public relations in healthcare and community organizations. 

    Courses Taught

    CI 723: Seminar in Training and Consulting

    ISC 497: Multimedia Storytelling for Tourism [cross-listed with HMT 395] 

    ISC 473: Sport Branding and Promotion 

    ISC 431: Advanced Creative Strategic Communication

    ISC 335: Multimedia in ISC

    ISC 331: Creative Strategic Communication

    ISC 311: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in ISC

    COM 471: Introduction to Health Communication 

    COM 352: Interpersonal Communication and Social Media

    COM 325: Introduction to Organizational Communication

    COM 313: Interpersonal Communication in Close Relationships

    COM 287: Persuasive Speaking

    COM 252: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Kentucky



    • H Social Sciences (General)
    • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
    • TR Photography


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