About Kelly Dorgan, PhD.

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Academic Background

Doctorate, Speech Communication (1998-2001)

University of Georgia; Athens, Georgia
Health Communication and Intercultural/Interracial Communication
Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society

Dissertation: From behind the screen: Women’s use of online disclosures about sexually transmitted diseases to manage uncertainty.

Committee: Roxanne L. Parrott (Chair), Donald Rubin, Tina M. Harris, Kenzie Cameron, Ruth Ann Lariscy

Master of Arts, Communication (1990-1991)

University of Kentucky; Lexington, Kentucky
Intercultural/International Communication

Bachelor of Science, Communication (1986-1990)

Appalachian State University; Boone, North Carolina
Communication/Public Relations
Supporting Programs: Political Science and Marketing
Cum Laude

Academic Experience

Full Professor (2016-Present)
East Tennessee State University; Johnson City, Tennessee

Associate Professor (2008-2015)
East Tennessee State University; Johnson City, Tennessee

Assistant Professor (2003-2008)
East Tennessee State University; Johnson City, Tennessee

Assistant Professor (2001-2003)
Augusta State University;Augusta, Georgia

Teaching Assistant (1998-2001)
University of Georgia; Athens, Georgia

Instructor (1993-1997)
Appalachian State University; Boone, North Carolina

Instructor (Fall 1993)
Caldwell Community College; Boone, North Carolina

Teaching Assistant (1990-1991)
University of Kentucky; Lexington, Kentucky

Research Program

Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Dorgan, K.A., Hutson, S.P., Duvall, K.L., Kinser, A.E., & Hall, J.M. (2014). Connecting Place to Disease and Gender: Cohabitating Morbidities in Narratives of Women Cancer Survivors in Southern Central Appalachia. Women’s Studies in Communication, 37 (3), 292-312, DOI: 10.1080/07491409.2014.950440
  2. Dorgan, K.A., Duvall, K.L., Hutson, S.P., & Kinser, A.E. (2013). Mothered, Mothering & Motherizing in Illness Narratives: What Women Cancer Survivors in Southern Central Appalachia reveal about mothering-disruption. Journal of Appalachian Studies, 19(1&2), 59-81.
  3. Dorgan, K.A., Duvall, K.L., & Hutson, S.P. (2013). Omnibus Survivorship Narratives: Multiple Morbidities among Female Cancer Survivors in South Central Appalachia. Business Research Yearbook, XX(1), 255-262.
  4. Duvall, K.L., Dorgan, K.A., & Hutson, S.P. (2013). Navigating Family Cancer Communication: Communication Strategies of Female Cancer Survivors in South Central Appalachia. Business Research Yearbook, XX(1), 263-270. Duvall, K. L., Dorgan, K.A., & Hutson, S.P. (2012). Personal Identity Changes of Female Cancer Survivors in Southern Appalachia. 2012 Business Research Yearbook, XIX(1), 287-293.
  5. Duvall, K. L., Dorgan, K.A., & Kinser, A.E. (2012). Barriers to Family Cancer Communication in Southern Appalachia. 2012 Business Research Yearbook, XIX(1), 281-286.
  6. Hutson, S.P., Dorgan, K.A., Duvall, K.L., & Garrett, L.H. (2011). Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection and Cervical Cancer Communication: The Protection Dilemma Faced by Women in Southern Appalachia. Women & Health, 51(80), 795-810
  7. Dorgan, K.A., Lang, F., Floyd, M., Kemp, E. (2009). Overcoming Barriers to Physician-Patient Communications of International Medical Graduates. Academic Medicine.84 (11), 1567-1575.
  8. Hutson, S., Dorgan, K.A., Phillips, A., & Behringer, B. (2007). The Mountains Hold Things In: The Use of Community Research Review Workgroups to Address Cancer Disparities in Appalachia. Oncology Nursing Forum, 34(6), 1133-1139 DOI: 10.1188/07.ONF.
  9. Behringer, B., Friedell, G.H., Dorgan, K.A., Hutson, S.P., Naney, C., Phillips, A., Krishnan, K., & Cantrell, E.S. (2007). Understanding the Challenges of Reducing Cancer in Appalachia: Addressing a Place-Based Health Disparity Population. California Journal of Health Promotion.
  10. Dorgan, K.A., Hutson, S., & Phillips, A. (2007). [In]Credible Agents: Cancer Communication Partners in Appalachia. 2007 Business Research Yearbook, XIV (1), 597-602.
  11. Dorgan, K.A., Shah, J., Kemp, E. (2007). International Medical Graduates: Changing Cultures, Ways of Being and Ways of Being with Others. 2007 Business Research Yearbook, XIV (1), 556-562.
  12. Dorgan, K.A., & Bambino, L.E. (2006). Navigating Illness by Navigating the Net: Women’s Information Seeking about Sexually Transmitted Infections. 2006 Business Research Yearbook, XIII (1), 380-384.
  13. Dorgan, K.A., Bambino, L.E., & Floyd, M. (2006). Communication as Cause and Cure: Sources of Anxiety among International Medical Graduates in Rural Southeast Appalachia. 2006 Business Research Yearbook, XIII (1), 385-389.
  14. Parrott, R.L., Silk, K.J., Dorgan, K.A., Condit, C.M., & Harris, T.M. (2005). Risk Comprehension and Judgments of Statistical Evidentiary Appeals. Human Communication Research, 31 (3), 423-452.
  15. Parrott, R.L., & Dorgan, K.A. (2005). Transformational Telecaring: Organizations’ Use of Telephone Conferencing for Breast Cancer Survivors. 2005 Business Research Yearbook, XII (1), 422-426.
  16. McNeill, K.B., Dorgan, K.A., King, J. (2005). The Recommendation of a Health Care Practitioner and Symptoms as Cues to Action Prompting Women in Appalachia to Seek Mammograms. 2005 Business Research Yearbook, XII (1), 407-411.
  17. McNeill, K.B., & Dorgan, K.A. (2005). The Influence of Media Messages and Social Networks in Prompting Appalachian Women to Have Mammograms. 2005 Business Research Yearbook, XII (1), 412-416.
  18. Harris, T. M., Parrott, R. L., Dorgan, K.A. (2004). Talking About Human Genetics within Religious Frameworks. Health Communication, 16 (1), 105-116.
  19. Dorgan, K. A., Williams, S. L., Parrott, R. L., & Harris, T. M. (2003). Hope and Despair in Pandora’s Box: Perceiving Reproductive Reward and Risk of Genetics Technologies and Information. Women’s Studies in Communication, 26 (1), 88-117.

Mediated Publications

  1. Dorgan, K.A. (2005). Physician-Patient Partnership: Overcoming Barriers to Breast Cancer Screening. CD Rom

Essays and Invited Publications

  1. Dorgan, K.A. (Forthcoming). Taking Care. borrowed solace.
  2. Dorgan, K.A. (2017, August 21). The Truth about the Surrender of My Foster Child. Motherwell Magazine.
  3. Dorgan, K.A. (2017). Big Mama and the Uncertain Leap. Every Pigeon, 1, 62-68.
  4. Duvall, K.L., Dorgan, K.A., & Hutson, S.P. (2016). Revisiting Appalachia, Revisiting Self. In William Schumann & Rebecca Fletcher (Eds). Revisiting Appalachia. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press.
  5. Dorgan, K.A., Duvall, K.L., & Hutson, S.P. (2015). At the Intersection of Cancer Survivorship, Gender, Family, and Place in Southern Central Appalachia—A Case Study. In C. Park Rice & M. Tedesco (Eds.). Women of the Mountain South: Identity, Work, and Activism. Athens, OH: The Ohio University Press.
  6. Dorgan, K.A. (2014). Controlling My Voice: Producing and Performing a Special-Mothering Narrative. In A. Kinser, K. Freehling-Burton, T. Hawkes (Eds.). Performing Motherhood. (132-148). Toronto, ON: Demeter Press
  7. Dorgan, K.A., Hutson, S.P., Gerding, A., & Duvall, K. (2009). The Highways and Back Roads of Appalachia: A Dialogue about Culturally Tailored Cancer Communication, Education and Research. Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy
  8. Behringer, B., Mabe, K., Dorgan, K.A., & Hutson, S. (2009). Local Implementation of Cancer Control Activities in Rural Appalachia, 2006. Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy
  9. Dorgan, K.A. (2008). All Hail the Militant Mom: Love and War in the Foster-to-Adopt Home. In A. Kinser (Ed.). Mothering in the Third Wave. (140-151). Toronto, ON: Demeter Press

Book Reviews

  1. Dorgan, K.A. (2005). Book Review [Privacy and disclosure of HIV in interpersonal relationships]. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 22, 858.

Books / Manuals

  1. Dorgan, K.A., Silk, K.J., Harris, T.M., & Orbe, M.P. (2001). Interracial Communication: Theory and Practice (instructor’s manual). Thousand Oaks, CA: Wadsworth.

Conference/Seminar Presentations

  1. Baker, K., Dorgan, K.A., Fletcher, R., Hutson, S., & Kinser A. (2017, April 12). Health, Wellness, and Illness in Appalachia (Moderated Panel). Presented for the National Communication Association Partnership Program. East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. https://youtu.be/7VQko-nRbOE
  2. Dorgan, K.A. (March 28, 2015). Mothers of Southern Central Appalachia: Family Guides through Health, Illness, and Wellness. Presented at the 38th Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Johnson City, TN.
  3. Kinser, A.E., Dorgan, K.A., Hutson, S.P., Duvall, K.L., & Hall, J.M. (2014). Claiming Center by Refusing Center: Women as Family Health/Illness Tellers. Presented at the Conference of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, San Francisco, CA.[Presented by Kinser]
  4. Dorgan, K.A., Duvall, K.L., & Hutson, S.P. (2013, April 12). Omnibus Survivorship Narratives: Multiple Morbidities among Female Cancer Survivors in South Central Appalachia. Presented at the 25th Annual International Academy of Business Disciplines Meeting, Atlanta, GA. [Presented by Dorgan]
  5. Duvall, K.L., Dorgan, K.A., & Hutson, S.P. (2013, April 11). Navigating Family Cancer Communication: Communication Strategies of Female Cancer Survivors in South Central Appalachia. Presented at the 25th Annual International Academy of Business Disciplines Meeting, Atlanta, GA. [Presented by Duvall].
  6. Dorgan, K.A., Duvall, K.L., & Hutson, S.P. (2013, March 24). Telling Stories about Cohabitating Morbidities: Female Cancer Survivors’ Interconnecting Illness Narratives in Southern Central Appalachia. Presented at the 36th Annual Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference; Boone, NC. [Presented by Dorgan].
  7. Duvall, K. L., Dorgan, K.A., & Hutson, S.P. (2012, April 19). Personal Identity Changes of Female Cancer Survivors in Southern Appalachia. Presented at the 24th Annual International Academy of Business Disciplines Meeting, Long Beach, CA. [Presented by Duvall].
  8. Duvall, K. L., Dorgan, K.A., & Kinser, A.E. (2012, April 19). Barriers to Family Cancer Communication in Southern Appalachia. Presented at the 24th Annual International Academy of Business Disciplines Meeting, Long Beach, CA. [Presented by Duvall].
  9. Dorgan, K.A., Duvall, K.L., Hutson, S.P., & Kinser, A.E. (2012, March 24). Surviving Cancer and Mothering in Appalachia. Presented at the 2012 Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference; Indiana, PA. [Presented by Dorgan].
  10. Duvall, K. L., Dorgan, K.A. & Hutson, S.P. (2011, September). "I Just Kept It to Myself": A Qualitative Analysis of Barriers to Family Cancer Communication Experienced by Female Appalachian Cancer Survivors. Presented at the Kentucky Communication Association/Tennessee Communication Association Conference; Cadiz; KY. [Presented by Duvall].
  11. Duvall, K.L., Dorgan, K.A. & Hutson, S.P. (2011, March 12). "We’re Going to Talk About It": A Qualitative Analysis of Family Cancer Communication Styles in Appalachia. Presented at the 2011 Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference; Richmond, KY. [Presented by Duvall & Dorgan].
  12. Dorgan, K.A., Hutson, S.P. Duvall, K.L. & Garrett., L (2011, March 12). Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Cervical Cancer Communication: The Protection Dilemma Faced by Women in Southern Appalachia. Presented at the 34th Annual Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference; Richmond, KY. [Presented by Dorgan and Duvall]
  13. Hutson, S.P., Dorgan, K.A., Duvall, K.L. & Garrett., L (2011, February 11). Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Cervical Cancer Communication: The Protection Dilemma Faced by Women in Southern Appalachia. Presented at the 2011 Oncology Nursing Society Conference; Los Angeles, CA. [Presented by Hutson]
  14. Dorgan, K.A., Hutson, S.P., Duvall, K.L. (2009, November 14). Negotiating [Un]told Story-telling: Experiences Infield-Researching Cancer Narratives among Women in Appalachia. Presented at the 2009 National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference; Atlanta, GA. [Presented by Dorgan].
  15. Dorgan, K.A., Lang, F., Floyd, M., Kemp, E. (2008). Overcoming Barriers to Physician-Patient Communications of International Medical Graduates (Intercultural Division, Juried). Presented at the 2008 Southern States Communication Associations; Savannah, GA. [Presented by Dorgan].
  16. Dorgan, K.A., Floyd, M., & Kemp, E. (2007). Communication and Adaptation among International Medical Graduates within Rural Appalachian Family Medicine Residencies: Curriculum Implications. Presented at the 28th Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine; Chicago, IL. [Presented by Dorgan]
  17. Dorgan, K.A., Hutson, S., & Phillips, A. (2007). [In]Credible Agents: Cancer Communication Partners in Appalachia. Presented at the 2007 Conference of International Academy of Business Disciplines; Orlando, FL. [Presented by Dorgan]
  18. Dorgan, K.A., Shah, J., Kemp, E. (2007). International Medical Graduates: Changing Cultures, Ways of Being and Ways of Being with Others. Presented at the 2007 Conference of International Academy of Business Disciplines; Orlando, FL. [Presented by Dorgan]
  19. Dorgan, K.A., & Hutson, S.P. (2007). “The Mountains Hold Things In”: Community Research Workgroups’ Cancer Stories. Presented at the 30th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference; Maryville, TN. [Presented at Dorgan]
  20. Dorgan, K.A., Bambino, L.E., Shah, J., Lang, F., Floyd, M., & Kemp, E. (2007). Communication, Anxiety, and Adaptation: International Medical Graduates in Rural Appalachia. Presented at the 30th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference; Maryville, TN. [Presented by Dorgan]
  21. Hutson, S.P., & Dorgan, K.A. (2007). The Mountains Hold Things In: The Use of Community Research Review Workgroups to Explore Cancer Disparities in Southern Appalachia (Juried). Presented at the 9th National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research; Hollywood, CA. [Presented by Hutson]
  22. Dorgan, K.A., Bambino, L.E., Floyd, M., Lang, F., & Kemp, E. (2006). Communication and Cultural Adaptation: Sources of Anxiety among International Medical Graduates in Rural Appalachia (Juried). Presented at the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare Research and Teaching Forum; Atlanta, GA. [Presented by Dorgan]
  23. Dorgan, K.A., & Bambino, L.E. (2006). Navigating Illness by Navigating the Net: Women’s Information Seeking about Sexually Transmitted Infections (Health Communication & Public Policy Division, Juried). Presented at the 2006 Conference of International Academy of Business Disciplines; San Diego, CA. [Presented by Dorgan]
  24. Dorgan, K.A., Bambino, L.E., & Floyd, M. (2006). Communication as Cause and Cure: Sources of Anxiety among International Medical Graduates in Rural Southeast Appalachia (Health Communication & Public Policy Division, Juried). Presented at the 2006 Conference of International Academy of Business Disciplines; San Diego, CA. [Presented by Dorgan]
  25. Dorgan, K.A., Lang, F., Floyd, M., Kemp, E., & Bambino, L. (2005). Overcoming Barriers to Physician-Patient Communications of International Medical Graduates (Health Communication & Public Policy Division, Juried). Presented at the 2005 International Conference on Communication in Healthcare; Chicago, IL. [Presented by Dorgan]
  26. Parrott, R.L., & Dorgan, K.A. (2005). Transformational Telecaring: Telephone Conferencing about Breast Cancer to Educate, Empower, and Ease (Health Communication & Public Policy Division, Juried). Presented at the 2005 Conference of International Academy of Business Disciplines; Pittsburgh, PA. [Presented by Dorgan]
  27. McNeill, K.B., Dorgan, K.A., & King, J. (2005). The Recommendation of a Health Care Practitioner and Symptoms as Cues to Action Prompting Women in Appalachia to Seek Mammograms (Health Communication & Public Policy Division, Juried). Presented at the 2005 Conference of International Academy of Business Disciplines; Pittsburgh, PA. [Presented by Dorgan]
  28. McNeill, K.B., Dorgan, K.A., & King, J. (2005). "The Influence of Media Messages and Social Networks in Prompting Appalachian Women to Have Mammograms." Presented at the 2005 Conference of International Academy of Business Disciplines; Pittsburgh, PA.[Presented by Dorgan]
  29. Parrott, R.L., Silk, K.J., Dorgan, K.A., Condit, C.M., & Harris, T.M. (2004). “Verbal Versus Visual Statistical Evidence in Genetic Risk Appeals: When a Picture is not Worth a Thousand Words.” (Health Communication Division, Juried). Presented at the 90th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association; Chicago, IL. [Presented by Parrott]
  30. Dorgan, K.A. (2004). Taking to the Streets: Narratives of Abortion Carried into the March on Washington. Presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender; Notre Dame, IN. [Presented by Dorgan]
  31. Dorgan, K. A. & Parrott, R.L. (2004). Growing and Reshaping in the Cocoon: The Role of Uncertainty in Women's Online Disclosures about Sexually Transmitted Disease. Presented at the 2004 Southern States Communication Association Convention (Interpersonal Division, Juried); Tampa, FL. Top Paper Award, Interpersonal Communication Division [Presented by Dorgan]
  32. Harris, T.M., Brown Givens, S., Dorgan, K.A. (2003). Coping from the Margins: The Intersection of Race, Gender, Spirituality and Professional Identity in African Americans Graduate Student Experiences (Juried). Presented at the 2003 Annual Convention of the National Communication Association; Miami Beach, FL.[Presented by Harris]
  33. Dorgan, K. A. & Parrott, R.L. (2003). From Behind the Screen: Women’s Use of Online Disclosures about Sexually Transmitted Disease to Manage Illness and Relational Uncertainty. Presented at the 2003 Southern States Communication Association Convention (Applied Division, Juried); Birmingham, AL. Top Paper Award, Applied Division. [Presented by Dorgan]
  34. Dorgan, K. A., Williams, S. L., Parrott, R. L., & Harris, T. M. (2002). Hope and Despair in Pandora’s Box: Perceiving Reproductive Reward and Risk of Genetics Technologies and Information. Presented at the 52nd Annual Convention of the National Communication Association (Health Communication Division. Juried); New Orleans, LA. [Presented by Dorgan]
  35. Harris, T.M., Wood, J.F., Brown Givens, S., Dorgan, K.A., & Silk, K.J. (2000). Engaging Students in the Interracial Communication Classroom (Short course). Conducted at the 50th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association; Seattle, WA. [Presented by Harris, Wood, Brown-Givens, Dorgan, & Silk]
  36. Parrott, R., Silk, K., Dorgan, K.A., & Daniels, D. (1999). “Weighty” concerns: Women’s Memorable Messages about Pregnancy. Presented at the 50th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association (Health Communication Division. Juried); Seattle, WA.
  37. Dorgan, K.A. (1999). The Mentor-Protégé Experience: A Position Essay. Presented at the 1999 Annual Convention of the Southern States Communication Association; St. Louis,MO. [Presented by Dorgan]
  38. Dorgan, K.A. (1999). Sidney Poitier’s Playing the Saint: Racial Identity, Assimilation, and the Birth of Blaxploitation Films. Presented at the 49th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association; Chicago, IL.[Presented by Dorgan]
  39. Dorgan, K.A. (1999). Barriers and Benefits: Women’s Self-Disclosure about Sexually Transmitted Infections. Presented at the 49th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association (Health Communication Division. Juried); Chicago, IL. [Presented by Dorgan]
  40. Parrott, R.L. & Dorgan, K.A. (1999). Teleconferencing as a Means to Increase Access to Cancer Information and Support: The Case of Cancer Care, Inc. Presented at the 49th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association (Health Communication Division. Juried); Chicago, IL. [Presented by Dorgan]
  41. Dorgan, K.A. (1996). From Assistant to Novice Instructor. Presented at the 1996 Carolina Communication Association; Raleigh, NC.

Pre-Seminar Conference Presentations

  1. Dorgan, K.A. (2001). From Behind the Screen: Women’s Online Disclosures about Sexually Transmitted Diseases to Manage Uncertainty. Presented at the 51st Annual Convention of the National Communication Association (Pre-seminar on Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Behavior); Atlanta, Georgia
  2. Dorgan, K.A. (2000). Benefit and Barriers to Women’s Self-Disclosure about Sexually Transmitted Infections. Presented at the 50th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association (Pre-seminar on Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Behavior); Seattle, Washington.

Invited Presentations

  1. Dorgan, K.A., Duvall, K.L., & Kinser, A.E. (2015, December 2). "'I’d be telling...': Women's Stories about Well/Illness in their Communities, Families, and Bodies.” Presented at the Women on Wednesdays: East Tennessee State University Women’s Studies Lecture Series, Johnson City, TN.
  2. Dorgan, K.A. (2011, November). [Invited Speaker]. Cancer Research, Cancer Communication: Working With and Across Populations in Appalachia. Presented at the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Program; Cincinnati, OH, November 17-18, 2011.
  3. Hutson, S.P. & Dorgan, K.A. (2011, June 16). Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection and Cervical Cancer Communication: The Protection Dilemma Faced by Women in Southern Appalachia. Presented at the Tennessee Cancer Control Coalition 7th Annual Summit on the Burden of Cancer; Nashville, TN [Presented by Hutson & Dorgan]
  4. Dorgan, K.A. & Hutson, S.P. (2010, April 14). Breaking the silence: Talking about HPV & the Cervical Cancer Vaccine. Presented to East Tennessee State University Women’s Health Series Lunch Break Seminar; Johnson City, TN. [Presented by Dorgan & Hutson]
  5. Dorgan, K.A. & Floyd, M. (2007, July 3). Overcoming Barriers to International Medical Graduate-Patient Communication. Presented to ETSU Family Physician Residents, Noon Conference; Johnson City, TN. [Presented by Dorgan]
  6. Dorgan, K.A. (2006, April 3). Physician-Patient Partnership: Overcoming Barriers to Breast Cancer Screening. Presented at the 10th Annual Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Primary Care Conference, East Tennessee State University; Johnson City, TN.
  7. Dorgan, K.A., & Bambino, L.E. (September 26, 2005). Overcoming Barriers to Physician-Patient Communication of International Medical Graduates. Presented to ETSU Family Physician Residents, Noon Conference; Kingsport, TN.
  8. Dorgan, K.A., Stockwell, G., Kanniganti, R., & Bambino, L.E. (August 17, 2005). Beginning a Conversation about Culture. Presented to ETSU Family Physician Residents (PGYI); Kingsport, TN. [Presented by Dorgan, Stockwell, Kanniganti, & Bambino].
  9. Dorgan, K.A. (2005, May 12). Overcoming International Medical Graduate Communication Barriers. Presented to ETSU COM New Faculty Orientation
  10. Dorgan, K.A. (2005, February 23). Overcoming International Medical Graduate Communication Barriers Report. Presented to ETSU COM Residency Program Directors
  11. Dorgan, K.A. (2002). From Behind the Screen: Women’s Online Disclosures about Sexually Transmitted Diseases to Manage Uncertainty. Presented at the Augusta State University’s Department of Languages, Literature & Communications’ Chair’s Forum; Augusta, Georgia.
  12. Parrott, R., Silk, K., Dorgan, K.A., & Daniels, D. (1999). “Weighty” Concerns: Women’s Memorable Messages about Pregnancy. Presented at the Department of Speech Communication Fall 2000 Colloquium Series; University of Georgia.
  13. Dorgan, K.A. (1999). Barriers and Benefits: Women’s Self-Disclosure about Sexually Transmitted Infections. Department of Speech Communication Fall 1999 Colloquium Series; University of Georgia.
  14. Parrott, R.L., Dorgan, K.A., Egbert, N., Ogata Jones, K., Silk, K.A., (1999, May 26). Community Assessment: Georgia’s Skin Cancer Projects. Georgia’s Public Health Conference; Assistant Moderator, Atlanta, Georgia.
  15. Dorgan, K.A. (1998, November). From Gender to Culture: Barriers to Effective Interpersonal Communication. Guest lecture for Residence Hall Program; University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Grant Experience and Research Projects

Research Faculty, University of Tennessee-Knoxville (2015)

Communicating about End of Life through Digital Storytelling: Perspectives from Persons living with HIV/AIDS in Appalachian TN.
Under Review.

[National Palliative Care Research Center, Dr. Sadie Hutson, UT-K, PI, Proposal # 15-0838]

Research Faculty, East Tennessee State University (2011)

Influences on the Translation of a Spanish-Language Behavioral HIV Prevention Intervention into Practice.
Not funded: TSI East Tennessee State University (ETSU)-Wake Forest University (WFU) Collaboration, Pilot

Primary Investigator, East Tennessee State University (2008-Present)

Survivors’ Revival: Survivors' Revival: Appalachian Women Testifying on Surviving Cancer Survivorship.
Funded AY 2008-2009, ETSU Research Development Committee, Small Grant

Co Investigator, East Tennessee State University (2007-2015)

Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection: An Exploration of Knowledge, Risk Perception, and Vaccine Acceptability Among Women in Southern Appalachia.
Funded AY 2007-2008, ETSU Research Development Committee Major Research Grant (Sadie Hutson, PI).

Research Faculty, East Tennessee State University (2006-2008)

Rural Appalachian Cancer Demonstration Program: Implementing State Comprehensive Cancer Control Plans (SCCCP) in Appalachia, Office of Rural and Community Health & Community Partnerships (Bruce Behringer, PI)
Funded by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Appalachian Regional Commission

Research Faculty, East Tennessee State University (2005-2007)

Rural Appalachian Cancer Demonstration Program: Cancer Disparities Workgroups, Office of Rural and Community Health & Community Partnerships (Bruce Behringer, PI)
Funded by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Co-PI, East Tennessee State University (2006)

Addressing Feelings in a Medical Setting — Patient’s Preferences, RDC Major Research Grant (Forrest Lang, PI/Dorgan, Co-PI).
Not Funded

Research Faculty, East Tennessee State University (2004-2005)

Rural Appalachian Cancer Demonstration Program: Cancer Disparities and Cancer Communication, Rural Appalachian Cancer Demonstration Program, Office of Rural and Community Health & Community Partnerships (Bruce Behringer, PI)
Funded by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Primary Investigator, East Tennessee State University (2004)

Overcoming Barriers to Physician-Patient Communication of International Medical Graduates, Research Development Committee
Small Grant, Funded (RDC# 05-043m).

Research Faculty, East Tennessee State University (2004)

Improving Physician-Patient Cancer Communication and Cancer Care
National Institutes of Health, Not funded

Research Assistant, University of Georgia (2000-2001)

Communicating Genetics Information to the Lay Public
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, # R06/CCR319514-02

Participated in multiple levels of the grant. Attended planning meetings, organized and attended community liaison meetings, assisted in developing survey, moderated focus group, recruited diverse survey participants from the larger community, organized data-gathering efforts, managed grant documentation, engaged in data analysis and subsequent research write-ups.

Research Assistant, University of Georgia (Summer 1999)

Strengthening the U.S. Public Health Communication System Through a Research-Based Network. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Program Announcement #99040 (Cooperative Agreement for the Development of a National Public Health Infrastructure). Not funded

Awards and Honors

Chair’s Award of Excellence in Teaching (2011)

Department of Communication
East Tennessee State University

Dr. Patricia E. Robertson Diversity Leadership Award (2010)

University-Wide Award
East Tennessee State University

New Faculty Award (2007)

College of Arts & Sciences

Top Paper Award (2004)

Reshaping in the Cocoon: The Role of Uncertainty in Women's Online Disclosures about Sexually Transmitted Disease
Southern States Communication Association
Interpersonal Division

Top Paper Award (2003)

From Behind the Screen: Women’s Use of Online Disclosures about Sexually Transmitted Disease to Manage Illness and Relational Uncertainty
Southern States Communication Association
Applied Communication Division

Areas of Teaching Experience

Health / Cultural Communication

  • Communicating Health in Appalachia
  • Health Communication
  • Sexual Health Communication
  • Women, Health & Illness
  • Intercultural Communication

Research Methods

  • Interviewing & Focus Groups
  • Qualitative Research Methods, Graduate level
  • Qualitative Research Methods, Undergraduate level

Introductory / General Education

  • Human Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication Theory

Professional Communication

  • Business Communication
  • Group Communication
  • Interviewing (Selection Interviews)
  • Organizational Communication

Other, Undergraduate Level Courses

  • Intercultural / Interracial Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Persuasion

Other, Graduate Level Courses

  • Communication Theory
  • Foundations of Graduate Studies
  • Communication & Culture

Service

Departmental

Search Committee [Lecturer], Chair (2016, Spring; 2011, Spring)
Responsible for screening, and overseeing selection of lecture for the Department of Communication, East Tennessee State University

Interim Course Director, Public Speaking (2014-Present)
Responsible for overseeing lecturers, adjuncts, and GAs teaching Public Speaking (SPCH 2300), including review of syllabi components and GA classroom management
Department of Communication & Performance, East Tennessee State University

Interim Division Head (2013, Spring)
Responsible for coordinating and implementing scheduling, SWOT analysis for program development, student grievances review, student recruitment & retentions initiatives, Division of Communication Studies, Department of Communication, East Tennessee State University

Research Coordinator (2010-Present)
Responsible for promoting Department of Communication faculty scholarship through event planning (e.g., Communication Scholarship Showcase) and publicity, as well as for supporting faculty and student scholarship through information dissemination.

Department Chair Search Committee (2008-2009)
Responsible for designing the advertisement, screening, and selection of the new Chair for the Department of Communication, East Tennessee State University

Communication Graduate Faculty (2003-Present)
Responsible for selection and teaching of MA students. Direct theses. Engaged in ongoing review of program standards, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

Communication Faculty (2003-Present)
Review and participate in implementation of departmental policies and initiatives. Represent department at recruiting events, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

Coordinator/Senior Assessment and Exit Interviews (2001-2003)
Coordinated and co-facilitated exit survey and interview focus groups for graduating Communication majors. Coordinates efforts to expand assessment of graduating seniors. Developed, administered, and analyzed survey data. Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia.

College

Department Chair Search Committee (2011-2013)
Responsible for designing the advertisement, screening, and selection of the new Chair for the Department of History, East Tennessee State University

Faculty Senate, Arts & Sciences Representative (2005-2010)
Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Standing Committee
Academic Matters Standing Committee

Faculty Council, Arts & Sciences (2003-2004)

Campus

History Chair Search Committee (2011-2013)
Responsible for designing the advertisement, screening, and selection of the new Chair for the Department of History, East Tennessee State University

ETSU Hearing Committee (2011-2014)
Responsible for reviewing evidence, participating in two-day hearing, and providing a recommendation to University President regarding possible termination of tenured faculty member, East Tennessee State University

Cancer Control & Prevention Conference Planning Committee (2008-2009)
Responsible for assisting in the design and execution of a national conference, East Tennessee State University, VA Campus, Johnson City, TN.

General Education Advisory Council (2003-2006)

GEAC Standing Committee to Implement General Education Assessment and Improvement Plan (2005-2006)
Women’s Studies Committee, ETSU (2003-2007)
Women’s Studies Strategic Planning Subcommittee (2006)
Women’s Studies Women of Culture Subcommittee (2007)
Women’s Studies Scholarship Subcommittee (2006-2007)

Professional Development

Geier Workshop: Advising and Retention of African American Students (February 10, 2005).

The Abortion Conversation Project: "Promoting Teen/Parent Communication" [Online Course] (Octover 25-November 8, 2005).

Womyn Building Bridges
Attended a workshop intended to promote a dialogue between women of color and white women about issues of ethnicity, race, and gender (Spring 2004).

Safe Zone
Participated in special training for meeting the needs of and assisting the LGBT community on the ETSU campus (Fall 2003).

Scholarly Reviews

  1. External Reviewer (2014, Fall). Ohio University Research Council.
  2. External Reviewer (2014, Summer). Research/Scholarship Inquiry Committee, ETSU QCOM
  3. Guest Reviewer (2014, Summer). Women’s Studies in Communication.
  4. Guest Reviewer (2013, Spring). The Communication Review.
  5. Guest Reviewer (2011, Summer). Health Expectations.
  6. Grant Reviewer (2008, Fall). ETSU Research & Development Committee; Small Research Grants Reviewer.
  7. Book Reviewer (2007). Davidson & Moore. Speaking of Sexuality. Oxford Press.
  8. Reviewer (2007). Undergraduate Honors Conference Papers. Southern States Communication Association.
  9. Reviewer (2005). Outstanding Conference Paper Award. Organization for the Study of Communication, Language & Gender.
  10. Book Reviewer (2004). Dobkin, B., & Pace, R. Communication in a Changing World, McGraw-Hill
  11. Guest Reviewer (2003). Critical Studies in Media Communication.
  12. Guest Reviewer (2002). Communication Education.

Professional Membership

Appalachian Studies Association (2007-Present)

International Academy of Business Disciplines (2005-2013)

Tennessee Cancer Coalition (2011)
Nashville, Tennessee

Interview Study Group, Doctor Patient Communication (2004-2010)
Department of Family Medicine
East Tennessee State University

Community March for Women’s Lives, Delegation Coordinator (2003-2004)
Organized campus and community participants to attend and participate in a 2004 march in Washington D.C.

Diversity Trainer (Winter 2001)
Conducted a diversity training session for local primary and secondary school teachers during Dr. Barbara Blackwell’s “Issues and Trends in Educational Leadership” workshop (December 9. 2001). Augusta State University Campus; Augusta, Georgia.

Campus & Community Outreach

  1. Dorgan, K.A. & Duvall, K.L. (2013, April 1). STIs & Communication Strategies. Presented to ETSU Female Sexuality (FemSex) Workshop; Johnson City, TN. [Presented by Dorgan & Duvall]
  2. Dorgan, K.A. & Duvall, K.L. (2012, April 14). STIs & Communication Strategies. Presented to ETSU Female Sexuality (FemSex) Workshop; Johnson City, TN. [Presented by Dorgan & Duvall]
  3. Dorgan, K.A. (2012, February 24). Sexuality, Gender, STIs & Communication Challenges. Spotlight ETSU.
  4. Dorgan, K.A. & Duvall, K.L.(2011, October 24). Sexual Scripting, STIs & Communication Strategies. Presented to ETSU Female Sexuality (FemSex) Workshop; Johnson City, TN. [Presented by Dorgan & Duvall]
  5. Hutson, S.P. & Dorgan, K.A. (2011, April 27). Safe Sex Negotiation & STIs. Presented to ETSU Female Sexuality (FemSex) Workshop; Johnson City, TN. [Presented by Hutson & Dorgan]
  6. Hutson, S.P., Dorgan, K.A., Duvall, K.L., McPherson, C., Cosentino-Vonderahe, E., & Senter, K. (2010, December 2). Safe Sex Negotiation Techniques: Demonstration & Information Session. Presented at the ETSU OASIS Love Your Body Day; Johnson City, TN.
  7. Hutson, S.P., Dorgan, K.A., Duvall, K.L. (2010, October 26). Cervical Cancer Vaccine, Safe Sex negotiation & STIs. Presented to ETSU Female Sexuality (FemSex) Workshop; Johnson City, TN. [Presented by Hutson, Dorgan, & Duvall]
  8. Hutson, S.P. & Dorgan, K.A. (2010, April 22). Safe Sex Negotiation & STIs. Presented to ETSU Female Sexuality (FemSex) Workshop; Johnson City, TN. [Presented by Hutson & Dorgan]
  9. Dorgan, K.A. (2009, November 3). Safe Sex: Options & Negotiation. Presented to ETSU Female Sexuality (FemSex) Workshop; Johnson City, TN.

Consultant

Perennial Wood (Eastman) (2013)
Consulted regarding best practices for qualitative marketing research. Johnson City, TN.

Pharmacia (2002-2003)
Assessed samples of investigative reports and conducted an on-site seminar in order to develop a consistent report format, identify consistent barriers to clarity, and provide recommendations for improving the overall quality and readability of reports. Project partner: Dr. Debbie van Tuyll. Augusta, Georgia.

TenderCare Clinic (Summer 2002)
Conducted observations and in-house interviews with all clinic employees as to develop and compile comprehensive but tailored policies and procedures. Also provided the CEO with recommendations for improving employee relations and patient-provider communication. These recommendations were subsequently included in an official employee policy and procedures manual. Greensboro, Georgia.

Standardized Patient Program,University of Louisville (Summer 2002)
Conducted observations at a nationally-recognized program teaching future health care providers effective examination and communication skills. Observed and participated in the program’s training of standardized patients, as well as the subsequent training that medical students received from the standardized patients. Consulted with Dr. Gina Wesley, SPP Director, about issues of diversity, healthcare, and the standardized patient selection process. School of Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.