College of Arts & Sciences Communication Studies

Jill Tyler

Jill Tyler
Associate Professor
Communication Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
UB Beacom Hall 217
Phone: 605-677-5476
Jill Tyler (PhD, University of Iowa) is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of South Dakota.
Teaching Interests:
Interpersonal Communication, Heatlh Communication, Popular Culture/Cultural Studies, Family Communication, Communication Research, and Communication Theory
Research Interests:
Dr. Tyler studies adult friendships and social networks as they are constituted through societal structures, with a particular focus on intersections of relational communication, health, technology, and social class.
  • Ph D, Communication Studies, The University of Iowa, 2007
  • MA, Communication Studies, The University of Iowa, 1989
  • BA, Theater Arts/Business Management, Simpson College, 1983
  • Tyler, J., Social Networks - Old and New (It's Complicated, Together Alone, Personal Connections in the Digital Age), Journal of Communication - Wiley Publishing.
  • Tyler, J., (2014), Media Clubs: Social Class and Critical Media Studies, pp. 80-97.
  • Tyler, J., Hearns, MD, V., Wallenberg, B., Hall, MD, J., Bertsch, K., (2014), Asthma Exacerbation (Adult), Blended Simulation, MedEd Portal Publications.
  • Tyler, J., (2010), Media clubs: Social class and the shared interpretations of media texts, Southern Journal of Communication.
  • Tyler, J., (2009), The future of relational communication: Interrogating the social, economic, and financial forces that influence personal and social relationships, Kentucky Journal of Communication.
  • Tyler, J., (2008), Friendship, talk and taste: The interpretation of books in social networks, Cambridge University Press.
Awards and Honors:
  • Msgr James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities Division of the College of Arts and Sciences, the University of South Dakota, 2009
  • Prentice, C., Tyler, J. (2014, November). "That Woman who Married my Brother!"; The Problematic Sibling-in-Law's Influence on Adult Sibling Closeness. Presented at the Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Ward, S. K., Rognstad, L. B. (2014, October). Transforming an Advising Culture: Evidence of a Professional Advising Model's Effect on First Year Retention. Presented at the NACADA 2014, Minneapolis.
  • Tyler, J. (2014, February). Teaching and Assessing Patient-Centered Communication to First Year Medical Students. Presented at the Becker Memorial Conference on Communication & Health, Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Davison, J., Tyler, J., McKay-Semmler, K., Sternadori, M. (2012, October). Fifty Shades of Grey Panel -- Psychology of Relationships and Writing in the Trilogy. Presented at the Women's Research Conference , University of South Dakota.
  • Tyler, J. (2012, April). “Modern Love: Health Narratives and Personal Relationships” . Presented at the Medical Humanities, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Tyler, J. (2011, November). "Real Simple: the voice that calls to us from the coffee table." Women and Media: A Critical Analysis of Women’s Magazines.. Presented at the National Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Tyler, J. (2011, November). “Mind, self and facebook” Symbolic Interactionism. . Presented at the National Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Tyler, J. (2011, March). "Digital Parenting". Presented at the Roundtable on Language and Linguistics, Washington, D.C..
  • Tyler, J. (2010, November). “Social class and marriage” Critical Approaches to Relational Communication. Presented at the National Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Tyler, J. (2010, April). “Two and a Half Mad Men of a Certain Age” .