Kelly E. Tenzek

Ph.D. Student

Phone: 414-229-4261
Curriculum Vitae: PDF


M.A., Communication Studies: Department of Communication, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri. Doctor-Patient Communication: Applications of Neurosurgery in Telemedicine. Certificate: Conflict Dispute and Resolution. Thesis Advisor, Dr. Kelly S. Wood (McNeilis). May, 2008.

B.S., Communication Studies: Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Minor: Public Relations, Advertising and Management, June 2006.

Focus of Graduate Studies:

Kelly is a doctoral student in health communication with an emphasis in interpersonal communication including end-of-life care, conflict, and the Internet. Currently she is working on her dissertation examining chaplaincy and role conflict during end-of-life care.

Teaching Interests and Experience:

Her coursework has prepared her to teach all levels of courses related to health communication, interpersonal and peace/conflict classes and a qualitative methods course. In the doctoral program Kelly has taught Introduction to Peace Studies 201, Business and Professional Communication 105, and Health Communication 381. In her MA program, Kelly also taught stand alone sections of public speaking. She would love to continue to teach health communication and a special topics course in end-of-life care.

Relevant Activities:

National Communication Association Student Reviewer for Peace and Conflict Division, 2011.
Editorial Assistant Communication Monographs University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, 2009-2010.
NCA Student Volunteer Chicago convention, 2009.

Graduate Affairs Committee President University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010.
Events Include, Biweekly meetings with GAC members and planning social events.

Urban Debate League Training and Judge, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2010, February). I volunteered to judge local high school students debates. I was in charge of ranking their oral arguments according to their performance.

Rising Star Training and Volunteer (2010, Fall). Through my local church, I was trained to be a volunteer to a Hispanic Elementary school where I tutored a student after school in math, social studies, English, and any other homework she needed help with.

Kelly enjoys playing on a summer and fall recreational softball team, hiking, and cooking with her husband. Her dog Maggie keeps her on her toes while begging for just one more walk. She likes to spend time working at coffeeshops and for fun takes practicing photography outdoors and watches TV shows such as LOST for new research ideas.

Recent Research:

May, A. & Tenzek, K.E. (In Press). Seeking Mrs. Right: Uncertainty reduction in online surrogacy ads. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.

Gattoni, A., & Tenzek, K. E. (2010). The practice: An analysis of the factors influencing the training of health care participants in a digital culture, Communication Education, 59, 263-273.

Gattoni, A. & Tenzek, K.E. (2010). The practice: Improving doctor-patient communication, Communication Currents, 5.

Peterson, J. L., Johnson, M. A., & Tenzek, K. E. (2010). Spirituality as a life line: Women living with HIV and the role of spirituality in their support system, The Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought, 4, 1-26.

Turkiewicz, K. L., Kim, J., Tenzek, K., & Antos, A.R. (2010). Behind the scenes: Life as an editorial assistant. Communication Monographs, 77, 452-459.

Under Review

May, A. & Tenzek, K. E. (Under Review). Bridging the gap between in-group and out-group: The gay surrogacy journey. Journal of Family Communication.