Ford, Debra J.
Debra J. Ford, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
University of Kansas School of Nursing (913) 724-2235 (home)
Mail Stop 4043 (913) 588-1646 (office)
3901 Rainbow Blvd. (816) 582-7646 (cell)
Kansas City, KS 66160 email@example.com
Degree Discipline Institution Year
Ph.D. Communication Studies University of Kansas 1999
M.A. Communication Studies University of Nebraska-Omaha 1990
B.A. Communication University of Nebraska-Omaha 1985
Honors Program Graduate
Rank/Position Department Institution Year
Research Asst. Professor School of Nursing Univ. of KS School of Nursing 2006-Present
Courtesy Professor Communication Studies University of KS Comm. Studies 2015-Present
Research Asst. Professor School of Medicine Univ. of KS School of Medicine 2008-Present
Dept: Health Policy & Management (Joint Appointment)
Lecturer Communication Studies University of Kansas 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010 & 2013-2015
Basic Course Director Communication Studies University of Kansas 2003-2006
Assistant Professor Communication Studies Creighton University 1999-2003
Asst. Basic Course
Director Communication Studies University of Kansas 1996-1997
Grad. Teaching Assistant Communication Studies University of Kansas 1995-1997
Grad. Teaching Assistant Communication University of Nebraska-Omaha 1985-1986
Program Director, Leadership Major, Graduate Programs University of Kansas School of Nursing
Coordinate course offerings, program requirements, and faculty and student needs in organizational leadership, nursing informatics, clinical research management and public health nursing MS and DNP specializations.
Graduate Advising Specialist, University of Kansas School of Nursing, 2014-Present
Serve as project manager to offer advising information to approximately 400 MS, DNP and PhD students through website development, regular online advising sessions, and individual advising appointments.
Associate Dean, Student Affairs University of Kansas School of Nursing 1/2012-9/2013
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, University of Kansas School of Nursing 8/2006-1/2012
Collaborate with associate and assistant deans in the School of Nursing in strategic planning, policy development, annual budgeting and fiscal monitoring, developing and implementing new initiatives, reviewing and revising admission requirements and evaluating quality of all missions for the school.
Provide leadership for all activities in the Student Affairs Office.
Develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive recruitment plan for all nursing programs.
Coordinate development and implementation of online application processes for all SoN programs.
Recruit and manage admission process for doctoral students, as well as all programs when needed.
Basic Course Director Communication Studies University of Kansas 2003-2006
Coordinated an average of 85 sections per year of public speaking, including development of course objectives, administration of course policies, plagiarism policy implementation, exemption exam, and textbook selection.
Supervised approximately 24 GTAs and 2 assistant directors, including orientation, coaching and performance evaluation.
Oversaw approximately $250,000 in credit hour generation for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Graduate Recruiter/ School of Nursing University of Kansas 1997-1999
RN Advisor Office of Student Affairs
Developed, implemented and evaluated recruitment plan, including marketing, interviewing prospective students, academic advising, follow-up and assistance through the graduate admission process, including web-based programs.
Coordinated student services programs for students in web-based programs, including admissions, financial aid, academic advising and enrollment.
Advisor/Recruiter School of Nursing University of Kansas 1989-1994
Increased number of applications to program by 87% through recruitment activities; average accepted student GPA increased from 3.01 to 3.5.
Developed, implemented and evaluated recruitment plan, including marketing, interviewing prospective students, academic advising, follow-up and assistance through the college admission process.
Managed enrollment for 300 students per year, including academic advising, registration, coordination with faculty and administrators, student retention and degree audits.
College Field Representative Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health 1986-1988
Tripled enrollment of freshman class through recruiting activities.
Represented Methodist to diverse individuals and groups during college fairs, high school visits, agency staff meetings, office visits and hospital inservice sessions.
Coordinated the design and implementation of a performance appraisal system for college faculty.
HONORS & AWARDS____________________________________________________
Best Research Poster Presentation: 2014 Nursing Research Council Symposium, University of Kansas Hospital
(Peltzer, Ford, Shen, & Teel)
Outstanding Service Award, Central States Communication Association, 2013 Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, for Local Arrangements Chair
Top Paper, Organizational & Professional Communication Division, Central States Communication Association,
2007 Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN (Bisel, Ford & Keyton)
Top Paper, Interpersonal Communication Division, Central States Communication Association, 2007 Annual
Conference, Minneapolis, MN (Koesten, Schrodt & Ford)
Donn W. Parson Graduate Faculty Mentorship Award, Communication Studies 2006
University of Kansas
Twice-nominated for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence
Creighton University’s highest award for teaching 2002, 2003
Touchstone Award Winner (with co-authors E. Kirby & L. Harter), Communication Teacher 2001
Omicron Delta Kappa, leadership honorary 1985
2014 OGR Faculty Research Grant $2000
Co-PI with L. Manos to support Language, Power & Identity Project to conduct focus groups;
July, 2014-December, 2015.
2013 Nurse Faculty Loan Program $17,832
Dept. of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration Role: PI
Competitive grant to provide loan funds to graduate nursing students planning careers as nurse faculty.
2013 Nurse Educator Service Program $32,000
Kansas Board of Regents Role: PI
Competitive grant to provide loan funds to graduate nursing students planning nurse faculty careers in
2007 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (SuRROuND Program) $201,000
U. S. Dept. of Education Role: PI
Competitive grant to provide fellowships to underrepresented nursing students to pursue the terminal degree in nursing. Supported two students in PhD program through degree completion.
2000 Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska $4000
Summer Faculty Research Grant
Competitive grant to conduct a case study of the Health Insurance Association of America’s strategies
during the Health Security Act Debate. Project presented to faculty in fall 2000.
2000 Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska $500
Faculty Development Research Grant
Competitive grant to support research project comparing medical student experiences with computerized interactive patients and standardized patients. Final paper published in Communication Quarterly under Harter, L., & Kirby, E. (2001).
1994 U.S. Public Health Service, Division of Nursing Approved, but not funded.
Nursing Opportunities for Disadvantaged Students Grant
University of Kansas School of Nursing
PI: Rita Clifford, RN, Ph.D.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE____(U=Undergraduate; G=Graduate; C=Co-teach)_________
Subject Institution Year
Theoretical Fdtns for Leading & Communication in Orgs. G U of KS School of Nursing 2010-Present
Applied Organizational Communication G U of Kansas 2014
Writing & Speaking for Decision Makers G University of Kansas 1998 & 2015
Teaching with Technology U of KS School of Nursing 2014 & 2015
Nursing & Informatics Technology Applications G, C Us of KS School of Nursing 2013-Present
Organizational Foundations for Leading Change G, C U of KS School of Nursing 2008-2009, &
Organizational Communication & Program Planning G, C U of KS School of Nursing 2007-2009, 2014
Organizational Rhetoric G U of Kansas 2001, 2008, 2013, 2015
Guest Instructor: Health Services Management U of Kansas School of Medicine, HP&M 2007
21st Century Organizational Communication G University of Kansas 2005, 2006
Organizational Communication U University of Kansas 2006
Seminar in Teaching the Basic Course G University of Kansas 2003-2005
Proseminar in Communication Studies G University of Kansas 2004, 05, 08, 10
Introduction to Communication Studies U University of Kansas 2005
Honors Speaker-Audience Communication U University of Kansas 2004
Directed Study G University of Kansas 2003-2006
Organizational Advocacy G University of Kansas 2001, 2004
Organizational Advocacy U University of Kansas 2003, 2004
Independent Study U University of Kansas 2004-2006
Organizational Advocacy U Creighton University 2003
Health Communication U Creighton University 2000-2003
Interviewing U Creighton University 2002
Managerial Communication U Creighton University 1999-2003
Communication Theories U Creighton University 2000-2003
Independent Study U Creighton University 2001; 2003
Freshman Seminar U Creighton University 2001
Effective Business Communication U University of Kansas 1996-1997
Speaker-Audience Communication U University of Kansas 1995
Public Speaking U University of Nebraska at Omaha 1985-1986
Ph.D. Committees (School of Nursing, University of Kansas)
Anderson, Della (Program Committee Member) Present
Boos, Virginia (Program Advisor) 2011-Present
French-Bravo, Matthew (Program Advisor) 2013-Present
Dresser, Susan (Minor Paper Advisor) Present
Hewins Kelly (Program Advisor & Dissertation Committee Member) 2011-Present
Nelson-Bradley, Heather (Dissertation Co-Chair & Program Advisor) 2012-Present
Pabico, Christine (Program Committee Member) Present
Savage, Marian (Program Committee Member) Present
Thompson, Diane (Dissertation Committee Member) 2013-2014
Walters, M. Renee (Dissertation Committee Member) 2013-Present
D.N.P. Committees (School of Nursing, University of Kansas)
Basara, Dana (Program Advisor; Residency Preceptor; Capstone Chair) 2011-Present
Boykins, Alexandra (Program Advisor) 2012-Present
Camp, Kiersten (Capstone Chair; Program Advisor) 2011-Present
Corbett, Kathy (Program Advisor) 2012-Present
Edinger, Caleb (Program Advisor) Present
Ellis, Paula (Capstone Chair) 2011-2012
French, Rebecca (Program Committee Member) Present
Glen, Jennifer (Capstone Chair through Method; Former Program Advisor) 2013-2014
Goodwin, Linda (Program Advisor; withdrawn Aug. 2014) 2013-Present
Guinn, Halie (Capstone Chair; Program Chair) 2010-2013
Henry, Kristina (Capstone Committee Member) 2011
Huff, Deborah (Program Advisor & Capstone Chair) 2011-2014
Herbert, Valerie (Program Advisor) 2010-2014
Hulett, Becky (Capstone Chair) 2014-2015
Imhoff, Daniel (Program Advisor) 2014-Present
Israel, Paula (Capstone Chair; Exam Committee Member) 2011-2012
Janes, Thu (Program Advisor & Capstone Committee Member) 2011-Present
Knoeppel, Cynthia (Program Advisor) Present
Mejia-Johnson, Lydia (Program Advisor) 2010-Present
Julian, Dawn (Capstone Committee Member) 2010
Luger, Shelly (Capstone Chair ) 2014-Present
McGee, Jerrihlyn (Program Advisor; Capstone Member) 2011-2014
Miquelon, Liz (Program Advisor) 2013-Present
Moody, Linda (Program Advisor) 2011-Present
Murray, Lori (Program Advisor & Capstone Chair) 2011-2014
Ohrloff, Denise (Program Advisor) 2013-Present
Pepper, Rachel (Capstone Chair, Exam Co-Chair) 2009-2011
Pietrocola, Marlene (Capstone Chair; Program Advisor) 2011-2014
Pimple, Cathy (Program Advisor) Present
Saim, Sharon (Capstone Chair, Program Advisor) 2011-2013
Stanfill, Teresa (Capstone Chair, Program Advisor) 2014-2015
Tyzckowski, Brenda (Program Advisor & Capstone Chair) 2009-2011
Vail, Lisa (Program Co-advisor; Capstone committee) 2009-2010
Wheeler, Lynette (Program Advisor; Capstone Chair) 2013-Present
Whitney, Cynthia (Capstone committee member) 2013-2015
Withers, Gail (Program Advisor; Committee member) 2009-2012
Young, Christine (Program Advisor) Present
D.N.P. Capstones Chaired & Completed:
Ellis, Paula (2013). The Clinical Nurse Leader as Guide to Decrease Unnecessary Hospital Admissions: A Quality Improvement Project.
Guinn, Halie (2013). Perceptions of Health Culture Among Occupational Health Care Staff.
Huff, Deborah (2014). Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Education Component for Staff Communication in an Assisted Living Facility.
Hulett, Becky. Clinical Nurse Leader Implementation Program.
Israel, Paula (2012). Obstacles and Opportunities for Independent Nurse Practitioner-Owned Clinics in Missouri.
Murray, Lori (2014). Development and Implementation of a Clinical Summary Tool for Improving Patient Centered Communication in Primary Care.
Pepper, Rachel (2011). Exploring the Emotional Care Needs of Hospitalized Patients.
Pietrocola, Marlene (2014). Nurse Executives’ Perceptions of the Barriers & Facilitators Associated with Reaching an 80% Baccalaureate-prepared Nursing Workforce in Rural Kansas.
Saim, Sharon (2013). Exploring the Influence of Generational Communication Preferences on Teamwork Effectiveness.
Stanfill, Teresa (2015). Nursing Leadership Competencies: Identifying Best Practices Through a Metasummary of the Literature.
Tyzckowski, Brenda (2012). The Caring Journey: Staff Development in an Eden Alternative Facility.
Vail, Lisa (2010). Coherent Leadership: A Case Study of Nurse Executive Leadership.
D.N.P. Capstones In Progress, Chair:
Basara, Dana. Feasibility Plan for Advanced Practice Nurse at City Union Mission.
Camp, Kiersten. Evidence Synthesis: Diabetes & Workplace Policy.
Luger, Shelly. Nurse Leadership Residency Program Design.
Wheeler, Lynette. Implementing Advanced Practice Support in an Acute Care Facility.
Ph.D. Committee Member (Communication Studies, University of Kansas)
Dissertation Co-Chair: Alison Berry (with Dr. Adrianne Kunkel); Chuck Russell (with Dr. Tracy Russo); Alexandra Wages (with Dr. Adrianne Kunkel)
Dissertation Committee Member (Completed): Attig, Heather; Bisel, Ryan; Blasdel, Tracy; Carver, Leilani; Clune, Katie Fischer; Garner, Benjamin; Guthrie, Jenny; Haugen, Jenna; Helens-Hart, Rose; Kennedy, Pamela; Jones, Ginny; Leonard, Lynnette; Lewis, Jenifer; Lueders, Allyn; Mabachi, Natabhona; Manning, Jimmie; Menzie, Kathie; Messersmith, Amber; O’Toole, Thomas; Peterson, Cindy; Pilgram, Mary; Shim, Cheongmi; Villamil, Astrid; Webb, Nathan
Dissertation Committee Member Ongoing: Hodgson, Abbie
M.S. Committees (School of Nursing, University of Kansas)
Programs completed: Arthur, Jenny; Barrows, Ann; Boos, Ginny; Broich, Eileen; Brownback, Cher; Bryant, Summer; Burris, Laura; Cairns, Janet; Hardinger, Barbara; Hastings, Mike; Hatch, April; Hulse, Kathy; Huey, Kathy; King-Whitlow, Noelle; Miller, Rebecca; Noller, Tiffany; Pepper, Rachel; Rector, Deborah; Reschke, Alan; Riley, Shari; Rouch, Michelle; Schwartzkopf, Deborah; Smith, Maggie; Smith, Stacy; Thiebault, Jennifer; Thompson, Robin Albrecht; Werner, Anna; Winslow, Patricia
M.S. Research Projects (School of Nursing, University of Kansas)
Arndt, Heather (Su14, with Linda Adams-Wendling)
Cantu, Karen (with Cara Busenhart)
Huffman, Gayla (Su14)
Ice, Jill (Fall 14)
Kimball, Tim (Fall 14)
Miquelon, Elizabeth (Fall 14)
Sanchez, Cherie (with Mary Meyer)
M.A. Committees (Communication Studies, University of Kansas)
Thesis & Program Chair: Ryan Bisel 2003-2005
Integrating Control and Consent: Unobtrusive Control in a Community Leadership Program
Thesis Chair: Angela Woodard 2004-2005
Second and Third Wave Black Feminism: A Generic Variation Approach
Committee member for M.A. programs completed:
Babbit, Liz; Borhart, Jessi; Cano, Paula; Cook, Stacy; Faimon, Samantha; Hampton, Cheryl ; Heyne, Cliff ; LaBerge, Justin ; Mabachi, Natabhona ; Mayekawa, Chet; Melling, Stephen; Mayekawa, Chet; Ohrt, Jennifer Kellie; Pauly, Jessica; Rose, Melanie; Theye, Kirsten; Villamil, Astrid; Weaver, Ryan; Wilinski, John; Wolf, Nan; Zurbuchen, Nancy.
BSN Honors Mentor, School of Nursing:
Ekholm, Erin (2014-2015). Rhetorical analysis & historical analysis of documents for Language, Power & Identity study.
Jantzen, Michelle (2011-2012). Examining Nurse Leader/Manager-Physician Communication Strategies: A Pilot Study. Published in BSN Honors Journal, 2012.
Steinhoff, Andreanna. (2009-2010). An Analysis of the Strategies Used by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to Influence the Development of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sturgeon, Kendra (2013; In progress.) America’s Health Insurance Plans’ Rhetoric Related to the Affordable Care Act.
Honors Thesis Committees (All at the University of Kansas)
Chair: Holmes, Nicole 2005-2006
Ethical Public Relations Practices of Non-Profit Organizations
Chair: Santoro, William 2004-2005
Paid to be Unethical: An Analysis of Controversial Artists of Today's Music Industry
Committee Member for: Karen Butler, Justin Mackey & Christy Sims-Dale
Refereed Journal Publications
Peltzer, J., Ford, D. J. , Shen, Q., Fischgrund, A., Teel, C., Jameson, M., & Pierce, J. (2015). Exploring roles, goals, and barriers among Kansas registered nurses: A descriptive, cross-sectional study. Nursing Outlook, 63, 117-123.
Tarnow, K., Gamino, M., & Ford, D. (2013). Effects of continuing education: Do attendees implement tools taught? Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 44 (9), 391-396.
Ford, D. J., & Hoffman, M. F. (2008). Dancing with those who brought you: Managing internal communication strategies in change initiatives and process improvement efforts. Journal of the American Society for Quality, 34 (4), 17-20.
Keyton, J., Ford, D. J., & smith, f. e. (2008). A meso-level communicative model of collaboration. Communication Theory, 18, 376-406.
Bisel, R. S., & Ford, D. J. (2008). Diagnosing pathogenic eschatology. Communication Studies, 59 (4), 340-354.
Koesten, J., Schrodt, P., & Ford, D. J. (2008). Cognitive flexibility as a mediator of family communication environments and young adult children's well-being. Health Communication, 24 (1), 82-94.
Bisel, R. S., Ford, D. J., & Keyton, J. (2007). Unobtrusive control in a leadership program: Integrating control and consent. Western Communication Journal, 71 (2), 136-158.
Russo, T. C., & Ford, D. J. (2006). Teachers’ reflections on reflection. Journal of Cognitive Affective Learning, 2 (2), 1-12.
Ford, D. J. (2004). Organizational advocacy syllabus. Communication Teacher, 18 (4), 120-124.
Ford, D. J. (2003). Prism analysis of the debate over the American Medical Association’s Health Access America Plan. Proceedings of the 2004 Alta Conference on Argumentation. Washington, DC: National Communication Association.
Ford, D. J. (2002). Book review: Public health campaigns: Evidence for behavioral change. Communication Research Trends, 21 (4).
Ford, D. J. (2002). Modeling emergent organizations: A proposal for using virtual reality in teaching. Preconference proceedings: Communication as constitutive of organizations. National Communication Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
Kirby, E., Harter, L., & Ford, D. J. (2002). Using standardized and computer-simulated patients as instructional tools for health care interviewing. Communication Teacher, 16, 1, 2 & 4. Touchstone Award winner.
Whitten, P., Ford, D. J., Collins, B., Speicher, R., & Davis, N. (1998). Interactive video versus traditional delivery modes for continuing medical education. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, p. 18-21.
Ford, D. J. (1993). Tailoring strategies to institutional needs: A student-centered model for enhancing diversity. Proceedings of the Minority Student Today National Conference, 1993, 23-24.
Clifford, R., & Ford, D. J. (1991). Review of “The Registered Nurse Population: Findings from the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, March, 1988.” MAIN Dimensions, 2, 1 & 4.
Hoffman, M. F., & Ford, D. J. (2010.) Organizational rhetoric: Situations and strategies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Ford, D. J. (In press). Communication. In E. Sullivan, Ed. Effective Leadership and Management for Nurses.
Ford, D. J. (In press; in revision). Conflict Management. In E. Sullivan, Ed., Effective Leadership and Management for Nurses.
Keyton, J., Ford, D. J., & Smith, F. E. (2012). Communication, collaboration and identification as facilitators of multiteam systems. In S. J. Zaccaro, M. A. Marks, & L.A. DeChurch (Eds.), Multiteam systems: An organization form for complex environments (pp. 173-190). NY: Routledge.
Teaching Supplements for COMS 130, Speaker-Audience Communication, University of Kansas:
Ford, D. J., Leonard, L. L., & Mabachi, N. M. (2004). Basic course survival guide, 2004-2005. St. Louis, MO: Pearson Custom Publishing.
Leonard, L. L., Mabachi, N. M., & Ford, D. J. (2005). Basic course survival guide, 2005-2006. St. Louis, MO: Pearson Custom Publishing.
Mabachi, N. M., Leyerzapf, A., & Ford, D. J. (2006). Basic course survival guide, 2006-2007. St. Louis, MO: Pearson Custom Publishing.
Teaching Supplements for COM 314, Managerial Communication, Creighton University, and COMS 330, Effective Business Communication, University of Kansas:
Ford, D. J. (2002). Handbook for managerial communication. (3rd Ed.) Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Custom Publishing. Also chapter author of Fundamentals of Interviewing and co-author of Conducting Company Research. Substantial revision of original text. Worked in close collaboration with previous co-editor, Tracy Callaway Russo.
Russo, T. C., & Ford, D. J. (Eds.). (2000). Handbook of effective business communication. (2nd Ed.) New York: McGraw-Hill, Primus Custom Publishing. Also chapter author, Conducting Company Research.
Russo, T. C., Patterson, J., & Ford, D. J. (Eds.) (1997). Handbook of effective business communication. (1st Ed.) New York: McGraw-Hill, Primus Custom Publishing. Also chapter author, Conducting Company Research.
Ford, D. J. (1999). The Rhetoric of the Angry Patriarch as Exemplification of Ideological Displacement: The Rhetoric of the American Medical Association During the Clinton Health Security Act Debate. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Kansas, Lawrence.
Ford, D. J. (2015). Sea changes in the academy. Panel Chair. Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Madison, WI.
Ford, D. J. (2015). Faculty burnout. Presenter. Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Madison, WI.
Ford, D. J. (2015). Organizational communication analyses of the food industry, corporate reputation, career planning…and the culture of the New York Yankess. Respondent. Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Madison, WI.
Ford, D. J. (2014). Elevating the classroom through experiential learning: Explorations of case-in-point as a pedagogical resource. Respondent. Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Teel, C., Ebbert, D., & Ford, D. J. (2014). Faculty reflective evaluation for continuous improvement in the DNP Program: 3 illustrations. Poster presentation, American Association of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Education Conference, Naples, FL.
Ford, D. J. (2013). Nurse advocates at the boardroom table. Presented at the 2013 National Communication Association annual meeting, Washington, DC.
Teel, C., Ebbert, D., & Ford, D. J. (2013). Inviting open communication for continuous improvement in the DNP curriculum. Poster presentation, Professional Nurse Educator Group Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.
Teel, C., Ebbert, D., & Ford, D. J. (2012). Communication to promote continuous improvement in a DNP program. Poster presented at the 2012 AACN Doctoral Education Conference, San Diego, CA.
Ford, D. J. (2012). The status of organizational rhetoric: Reflections on the past and thoughts about the future--The future of emergent rhetorical critical methodology. Presented at the 2012 Central States Communication Association Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH.
Keyton, J. K., Ford, D. J., & smith, f.e. (2010). Influence of team network instability on team on interaction processes. Presented at the Interdisiplinary Network for Group Research annual meeting, Washington, DC.
Hoffman, M. F., & Ford, D. J. (2010). Teaching the college course in organizational rhetoric. Short course presented at the Central States Communication Association annual conference, Cincinnati, OH, and the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.
Ford, D. J., & Gambino, M. (2009). Creating sea change: Interdisciplinary dialogue for future healthcare leaders.
Presented at the Professional Nurse Educators Group annual conference, Rochester, MN.
Russo, T. C., & Ford, D. J. (2007). Understanding student resistance to reflection activities. Presented at the National Communication Association meeting, Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Division, Chicago, IL.
Keyton, J., Ford, D. J., & Smith, f. (2006). A meso-level communicative model of collaboration. Presented at the National Communication Association meeting, Group Communication Division, San Antonio, TX.
Koesten, J., Russo, T.C., & Ford, D. J. (2006). Taking health messages home. Presented at the National Communication Association meeting, Health Communication Division, San Antonio, TX.
Russo, T. C., & Ford, D. J. (2006). Student perceptions of reflection as teaching practice. Presented at the National Communication Association meeting, Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Division, San Antonio, TX.
Simonds, C., Titsworth, S., & Ford, D. J. (2006). Assessment of GTA evaluation training in the basic course. Presented at the 2006 Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
Ford, D. J., & Hoffman, M. (2005). Negotiating double-bind stakeholder interests: The AARP and the Medicare Prescription Drug Act (Pilot findings). Presented at the 2005 National Communication Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
Ford, D. J. (2005). Using rhetorical criticism to go beyond best practices in organizational advocacy. Presented at the 2005 Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.
Ford, D. J. (2002). Modeling the emergent organization: A proposal for using virtual reality in teaching. Presented at the 2002 National Communication Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Ford, D. J. (2002). Leading America down the warpath: The Bush Administration’s rhetoric following Sept. 11, 2001. Presented at the 2002 Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI.
Ford, D. J. (2002). The myths of motherhood: A literature review on child-free couples. Presented at the 2002 Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI.
Paulson, J., & Ford, D. J. (2001). Rhetorical structures undergirding the health care reform debate. Research poster presented at the 2001 National Communication Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Harter, L. J., Kirby, E. L., & Ford, D. J. (2001). The cultivation of communication norms for future health providers: Conceptualizing standardized patients and virtual patients as socializing agents. Presented at the 2001 National Communication Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Pawlowski, D. R., & Ford, D. J. (2001). Image restoration strategies: The case of the Firestone recall. Presented at the 2001 Regional Conference of the Association for Business Communications, Kansas City, MO.
Ford, D. J. (2000). The patriarchal rhetoric of the American Medical Association as ideological displacement. Presented at the 2000 National Communication Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
Ford, D. J. (2000). Can Dr. Welby care for patients and the bottom line? Strategies used by the American Medical Association during the Health Security Act debate. Presented at the 2000 International Communication Association Annual Conference, Acapulco, Mexico.
Russo, T., Chadwick, S., Lawson, D., Ford, D., Russo, C., and Lawson, S. (2000). Role and support of the virtual visiting professor. Presented at the 2000 National Communication Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
Ford, D. J., & Whitten, P. (1997). A rhetorical analysis of telemedicine testimony to Congress, 1985-1997. Presented at the 1997 National Communication Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
Ford, D. J. (1995). A holographic model of an ontological communication theory. Presented at the 1995 National Communication Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Ford, D. J. (2014). Rhetorical criticism and organizational rhetoric. Scholarship Forum, University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City.
Ford, D. J. (2010). Resume’ writing strategies. University of Kansas Multicultural Scholars Program Winter Workshop and Banquet. Lawrence, KS.
Ford, D. J. (2007-2013; 2003-1999; 1997; 1996). Job search strategies for seniors in nursing / Resume writing. University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, KS.
Ford, D. J. (2006 April 20). Using personal response systems in the large lecture classroom. Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas.
Ford, D. J. (2006 April 27; 2005 Oct. 27; 2004 Oct.). Organizational rhetoric. Introduction to Communication Studies, University of Kansas.
Ford, D. J. (2003 April). Designing public health campaigns. Creighton University School of Nursing, Omaha, Nebraska.
Ford, D. J. (2003 April). Communicating with professionals for pharmacy students. Creighton University, School of Allied Health Professions, Omaha, Nebraska. Two presentations: Year 1 and Year 3 students.
Ford, D. J. (2001 April). A forum on the business/professional communication course. Presented to the Organizational Communication Division, 2001 Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
Ford, D. J. (2000 May). Panel member: Cultural diversity and the nursing profession. Creighton University School of Nursing, Omaha, NE.
Ford, D. J. (2000 April). How do we “talk” about health care reform? Health Administration and Policy Student Association Lecture Series, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.
Ford, D. J. (1999). Business communication strategies for staff members. University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, KS.
Ford, D. J. (1995). Moderator, Checking in: Health concerns for women. Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center. University of Kansas, Lawrence.
Ford, D. J. (1992). Enhancing diversity in the University of Kansas School of Nursing: A student-centered model. Unanimously approved by faculty for use in conjunction with the School of Nursing Strategic Plan.
SELECTED SERVICE ACTIVITIES_____________________________________________
University of Kansas School of Nursing, 2006-Present:
Co-Chair, Search Committee for Vice Chancellor, Student Services (2011)
Co-Chair, School of Nursing Strategic Plan C-3, Policy (2010-2013)
Nursing Multicultural Scholars Program Director, 2008-2012
Student Admissions & Progressions Committee
PhD Representative, 2013-Present
Ex-officio, 2006-2013 (Also 1989-1994; 1997-1999)
Curriculum Committee, Ex-officio, 2006-2013 (Also 1990-1994)
Undergraduate Advisory Council, Ex-officio, 2006-2013
DNP/Masters Advisory Council
PhD Advisory Council
Cultural Enhancement Advisory Council (2008-2013)
University of Kansas Medical Center & University of Kansas-Lawrence
Geriatric Champions Interdisciplinary Education Program, Co-facilitator (2013-Present)
University of Kansas Leadership PhD Executive Committee (2014-Present)
University of Kansas Leadership Minor & Certificate Advisory Council (Present)
KUMC Diversity Leadership Council (2008-2013)
University of Kansas-System: Research Communication Task Force for KU’s Initiative 2015 (Strategic Plan; 2009)
University of Kansas-System: Advising Leadership Team (2007-2011)
University of Kansas Department of Communication Studies, 2003-2006:
Basic Course Director
Faculty Advisor, Lambda Pi Eta, NCA academic honorary
Faculty Advisor, Students in Communication Studies
Departmental Honors Coordinator
University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 2003-2006:
University Honors Council
UHC Curriculum Task Force, 2005-2006
Undergraduate Research Application Reviewer, 2006
Creighton Department of Communication Studies:
Departmental Admissions Coordinator, 2000-2003
Annual Awards Reception Co-Coordinator, 2001-2003
Judge, Creighton University Debate Tournament, 2000-2002
Creighton University & College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Service:
Advisor, Health Administration & Policy Student Association, 2000-2003
Advisory Board Member, Health Administration & Policy Interdisciplinary Major Curriculum Committee, 1999-2003
Carnegie Campus Steering Committee, 2001-2002
Kansas City Area Graduate Admissions Professionals, President, 1998-1999.
Nebraska Board of Medicine & Surgery, 1999-2003
Vice-chair, Review licensure applications and professional conduct issues for/with Nebraska physicians, osteopaths, physician assistants and acupuncturists (a division of the Nebraska Board of Public Health).
Acupuncture Sub-committee Member, Developed regulations to implement Nebraska statute for regulating acupuncture practice in Nebraska.
Board Secretary, Prairie Lake Homes Association, Basehor, Kansas, 2007-2012
Kansas Action Coalition, 2010-Present
Coalition’s goal is to implement the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Report through statewide Action Coalitions facilitated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & AARP.
Co-Lead, Leadership Team, 2010-Present
Executive Committee Member, 2010-Present
Central States Communication Association
Local Arrangements Chair, CSCA Annual Conference, 2013
Endowed Award Coordinator, Organizational & Professional Communication, 2005-2011; Co-Coordinator, 2014-Present
Raised $1300 to date to establish an annual endowed award for top paper
Interest Group Chair, Undergraduate Programs, 2006 Conference
Chair, Undergraduate Honors Conference, 2004
Paper Reader for Divisions: Organizational & Professional Communication, Health Communication, Communication Theory, and Graduate Student Caucus
Editorial Board (2013-Present, and 2006-2011), Communication Teacher. Editors: Deanna Sellnow, Ph.D; Cheri Simonds, Ph.D.; and Marian Hauser, Ph.D.
Guest Reviewer (2004). Journal of Applied Communication Research. Editor: Joann Keyton, Ph.D.
Guest Reviewer (2001). Journal of Applied Communication Research. Special issue focusing on managed care. Editor: Katherine I. Miller, Ph.D.
Central States Communication Association, 1994 to Present (Life Member; service noted above.)
National Communication Association, 1992-Present & 1985-1987
International Communication Association, 1994-Present
International Leadership Association, 2012-Present
Professional Nurse Educator Group, 2008-Present
American Organization of Nurse Executives, 2009-Present
American Management Association, 2011-Present
Council of Graduate Educators in Administrative Nursing, 2010-Present
Website Task Force Member, 2012 & Present
Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2007-Present
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