Jill Tyler

Jill Tyler

Chair, Communication Studies / Associate Professor


Dakota Hall 334

Phone: (605) 677-5476

Email: Jill.Tyler@usd.edu


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 and Relational Communication, Health Communication, Popular Culture/Cultural Studies, 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


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Tyler, Jill. Media Clubs: Social Class and Critical Media Studies. In Critical Studies in Communication and Society, edited by Cao, J., Mosco, V., & Shade, L. R. , 80-97..
  • Tyler, Jill, Hearns, MD, Valerie, Wallenberg, Brian, Hall, MD, Jeremy, and Bertsch, Kim. Asthma Exacerbation (Adult), Blended Simulation. Washington, DC: MedEd Portal Publications, 2014.
  • Tyler, Jill. Media clubs: Social class and the shared interpretations of media texts. Southern Journal of Communication, 2010.
  • Tyler, Jill. The future of relational communication: Interrogating the social, economic, and financial forces that influence personal and social relationships. Kentucky Journal of Communication, 2009.
  • Tyler, Jill. Friendship, talk and taste: The interpretation of books in social networks. In Reading the readers, edited by A. Lang . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Tyler, Jill. Weak Ties and Social Networks - Old and New (It's Complicated, Alone Together, Personal Connections in the Digital Age, and Reclaiming Conversation). Hoboken, NJ: Journal of Communication - Wiley Publishing.
  • Pochop, Kayla, and Tyler, Jill. Physicians' Use of Compliance Gaining. Sioux Falls, SD: South Dakota Medicine.
  • Prentice, Carolyn, and Tyler, Jill. That Woman who Married my Brother! The Problematic Sibling-in-Law's Influence on Adult Sibling Closeness. Iowa: Iowa Journal of Communication.

Awards and Honors:

  • Msgr James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities Division of the College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Arts & Sciences, 2009


  • Tyler, Jill. Friendship, Health and Social Class. Presented at the Communication, Medicine and Ethics, Indianapolis, Indiana. (June 27, 2017)
  • Prentice, Carolyn, Tyler, Jill. The 50-year Old Baby: Negotiating Sibling Hierarchies in Adulthood. Presented at the Annual Conference, Las Vegas. (November 19, 2015)
  • Tyler, Jill. Physician-Patient Interaction. Presented at the National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV. (November 18, 2015)
  • Tyler, Jill. Friendship, Health and Social Structure. Presented at the Relationships, Health & Wellness, New Brunswick, New Jersey. (June 21, 2015)
  • Tyler, Jill, Pochop, Kayla. Physicians' Use of Compliance Gaining. Presented at the Eastern Communication Association, Philadelphia. (April 25, 2015)
  • Tyler, Jill. Alcohol Use in College Communities. Presented at the DCHC Health Communication Conference, Washington, DC. (April 17, 2015)
  • Tyler, Jill. Teaching and Assessment of Patient-Centered Communication. Presented at the DCHC Health Communication Conference, Washington, DC. (April 2015)
  • Prentice, Carolyn, Tyler, Jill. "That Woman who Married my Brother!"; The Problematic Sibling-in-Law's Influence on Adult Sibling Closeness. Presented at the Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. (November 26, 2014)
  • Ward, Steve K., Rognstad, Lynn B.. Transforming an Advising Culture: Evidence of a Professional Advising Model's Effect on First Year Retention. Presented at the NACADA 2014, Minneapolis. (October 2014)
  • Tyler, Jill. Teaching and Assessing Patient-Centered Communication to First Year Medical Students. Presented at the Becker Memorial Conference on Communication & Health, Iowa City, Iowa. (February 2014)
  • Davison, Janet, Tyler, Jill, McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Sternadori, Miglena. Fifty Shades of Grey Panel -- Psychology of Relationships and Writing in the Trilogy. Presented at the Women's Research Conference , University of South Dakota. (October 2012)
  • Tyler, Jill. "Modern Love: Health Narratives and Personal Relationships". Presented at the Medical Humanities, Boston, Massachusetts. (April 12, 2012)
  • Tyler, Jill. "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. (November 2011)
  • Tyler, Jill. "Mind, self and facebook" Symbolic Interactionism.. Presented at the National Convention, New Orleans, LA. (November 2011)
  • Tyler, Jill. "Digital Parenting". Presented at the Roundtable on Language and Linguistics, Washington, D.C.. (March 2011)
  • Tyler, Jill. "Social class and marriage" Critical Approaches to Relational Communication. Presented at the National Conference, San Francisco, CA. (November 2010)
  • Tyler, Jill. "Two and a Half Mad Men of a Certain Age".