Dr. Kimberly Field-Springer
Dr. Kimberly Field-Springer is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She graduated with her Ph.D. in 2013 from the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University with an emphasis on health communication and received a secondary certificate in women’s and gender studies. Prior to continuing her education at Ohio University, Dr. Field-Springer worked as a public relations and marketing professional for seven years, including five years at a hospital and two years at a Chamber of Commerce. At the hospital, she continued researching and producing healthcare educational materials for print, radio and television advertisements, in addition to organizing a number of women’s, employee, senior and community healthcare educational programs. She continued her community outreach efforts at the chamber where she was awarded grant funding for downtown renovation and streetscapes, initiated a college scholarship fund and designed and distributed economic development recruitment materials. While at Ohio University, Dr. Field-Springer held a one-year appointment as graduate research assistant for Scripps College of Communication and the American Cancer Society partnership. Her duties included organizing internal grant competition, budgets and reporting for the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Field-Springer’s teaching philosophy is heavily informed by a praxis-based approach that is driven by the constructive relation of theory to real world experiences. She has taught such classes including, Public Speaking; Persuasion; Interviewing; Group Communication; Gender Communication; and Conference and Meeting Planning. In 2011, students involved in a conference and meeting planning class organized, implemented and executed a health promotional campaign for the Athens community in collaboration with their stakeholders: Live Healthy Appalachia and the American Cancer Society. Her philosophy embraces the reflexive nature of learning to lead, whereby, both student and teacher continue to learn from each other about how to become better citizens in order to make informed decisions that will affect their own and others’ lives. Her classroom is guided by a discussion format that fosters a co-learning environment encouraging listening and respect for others.
Dr. Field-Springer’s research interest is guided by how we negotiate meanings in a health context while also attending to the ways these experiences come to inform being (e.g. selfhood), doing (e.g. action) and becoming (e.g. interplay among being and doing). In exploring alternative potentialities of meaning, she strives to examine and unpack imagined possibilities from and in-between the sites of multiple realities contingently informed by our lived experiences. Her ongoing work has covered topics related to patient-provider caregiving, nurse-physician relations, women’s agency in aging and practitioners-consumers of health information. Her work has been published in Research on Aging and Health Marketing Quarterly, which has been recently highlighted in the CDC’s Health Communication Science Digest. Dr. Field-Springer recently completed her dissertation work, Just Walk/Walk with a Doc: Organizing for Health, where she followed a nonprofit that joins healthcare professionals with community members to walk and talk together about current healthcare trends and personal healthcare concerns. In 2012, Dr. Field-Springer received the Judy C. Pearson graduate scholarship award from Ohio University for her commitment to research in the areas of gender and family communication. She continues to dedicate time to her discipline by serving as a reviewer for the National Communication Association and the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender and ad hoc journal reviewer for Research on Aging.