2015 UCRC Keynote Speaker

‌ Jeffrey T. Child, Ph.D.

Jeffrey T. Child is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Kent State University. He joined the faculty ranks at Kent State University in August of 2007.  Jeff completed his doctoral studies and earned his Ph.D. degree from North Dakota State University in 2007. Jeff’s primary research explores how people manage their privacy when interacting on social media and the impact of a variety of factors on the subsequent communication practices.  Jeff has over 30 publications.  Jeff’s most recent published research relates to social media privacy management practices that occur between family members and coworkers.  His scholarship has been published in several journals, including the Journal of Family Communication, Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Communication Quarterly, and Communication Education. Dr. Child is a lifetime member of the National Communication Association (NCA), the International Communication Association (ICA), the Eastern Communication Association (ECA), and the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) and regularly presents his research at the annual conventions of these associations.

Keynote Address

Social media and interactive communication technologies allow individuals today to live out their private lives in public spaces.  In the digital era of communication

  • What does privacy mean?
  • Is privacy dead today?
  • How do we effectively respond to privacy breakdowns in the age of digital communication?
  • Is there anything that can be done to prevent privacy breakdowns from occurring through social media in the first place?

Come learn the answers to these questions and more as we explore together how people manage their privacy effectively through social media to interact with friends, family, relational partners, organizations, and colleagues in desired ways.