Faculty and Staff
Elizabeth Gill, Ph.D.
Office: 2060 - Coleman Hall
Office Hours: TTH 10:45-12:15, W 2:00-3:00
Frequently Taught CoursesInterpersonal Communication
Ph.D. (August 2007) Purdue University, Department of Communication
M.A. (August 2003) Purdue University, Department of Communication
B.A. (May 2001) Purdue University, Department of Communication
Professional OrganizationsNational Communication Association
Central States Communication Association
ResearchMy research interests focus on interpersonal and health communication. Embedded in much of my research are fundamental questions about uncertainty and ambivalence and how broadly shared norms shape health and family concerns. Much of my research expresses a deeply rooted concern for the wellbeing of vulnerable populations. I have examined the uncertainties inherent in both the experience of breast cancer and the struggles older adults and their families face regarding issues of paternalism and autonomy.In one recent line of research I explore the identity, role, and other relational difficulties that arise as older adults and their children encounter the decision to move to a care-related facility.And in a second line of research I have begun examining the uncertainties surrounding communication and aging for long term prison inmates.
PublicationsGill, E.A. & Morgan, M. (2011). Home Sweet Home: Conceptualizing and Coping with the Challenges of Aging and the Move to a Care Facility. Health Communication, 26, 332-342.
Morgan, M., Greene, J. O., McCullough, J.D., Gill, E.A., & Graves, A. (2010). A Phrase Well Turned: Creative Facility in Narrative Production. Communication Studies, 61, 118-134.
Morgan, M., Greene, J. O., Gill, E A., & McCullough, J.D. (2009). The creative character of talk: Individual differences in narrative production ability. Communication Studies, 60, 1-17.
Gill, E.A. (2009). Book Review: Cancer and death: A love story in two voices. Journal of Health Communication, 14.
Gill, E. A. & Babrow, A. S. (2007). To hope or to know: Uncertainty and ambivalence in women’s magazine breast cancer articles. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 35(2), 133-155.
Conference PresentationsGill, E. A. & Morgan, M. (2011, November). Adult Children’s Communication and Coping with a Parent’s Move to a Care Facility. Paper competitively selected by the Aging and Communication Division for presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Gill, E.A. (2010, November). The Ins and Outs of Initiating a Social Marketing Internship Program. Panel competitively selected by the Mid-America College Health Association for presentation at its annual meeting, Terre Haute, IN.
Gill, E.A. (2010, April). From social marketing to service learning: Innovative ideas for engaging students in health communication. Panel competitively selected by the Health Communication Interest Group to be presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Cincinnati, OH.
Gill, E.A. (2009, November). Home Sweet Home: Conceptualizing and coping with the challenges of aging and the move to a care facility. Paper competitively selected by the Aging and Communication Division for presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.
*Top Paper in Aging and Communication
Morgan, M., Greene, J. O., McCullough, J.D., & Gill, E.A. (2009, November). Creative Facility in Narrative Production. Paper competitively selected by the Communication and Social Cognition Division for presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.
*Top Three Paper in Communication and Social Cognition
Teaching and Research Awards:Achievement and Contribution Award, Balanced Category, Eastern Illinois University (2009)
Redden Grant for the Improvement of Undergraduate Instruction, Eastern Illinois University Foundation (2009)
Outstanding Honors Faculty, Eastern Illinois University Honors College (2008, 2009)
Top Paper, National Communication Association, Aging and Communication Division (2009)
Top Three Paper,National Communication Association, Communication and Social Cognition Division (2009)