Kelly McKay-Semmler

Kelly McKay-Semmler

Associate Professor

COMMUNICATIONS STUDIES

Dakota Hall 316

Phone: (605) 677-5476

Email: Kelly.McKay-Semmler@usd.edu

Bio:

Dr. McKay-Semmler is a native of Hill City, South Dakota. She studies intercultural communication, in particular, the role of interpersonal communication in the cross-cultural adaptation process. She has conducted research on the cross-cultural adaptation experiences of Hispanic youth in the Siouxland area. More recently, her research has examined the influence of interpersonal and mediated messages on the receptivity of host culture members toward immigrants.


Teaching Interests:

intercultural communication, intergroup communication, conflict resolution, quantitative and empirical qualitative research methods, communication and gender


Research Interests:

cross-cultural adaptation, host community attitudes toward immigrants and immigration, intercultural conflict and dialogue


Education:

  • Ph D, Communication, University of Oklahoma, 2010
  • MA, Communication Studies, University of South Dakota, 2004
  • BS, Political Science, Black Hills State University, 2001

Grants:

  • Curriculum Transformation Grant, College of Arts & Sciences. (2013)

Publications:

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  • Albert, Rosita, and McKay-Semmler, Kelly. Communication Modes, Latin American/Latino. In International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication, edited by Young Yun Kim (General Editor) and Kelly McKay-Semmler (Associate Editor). Wiley Blackwell, 2017.
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly. High- and Low-Context Cultures. In International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication, edited by Young Yun Kim (General Editor) and Kelly McKay-Semmler (Associate Editor). Wiley Blackwell, 2017.
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, and Semmler, Shane. The unfinished work of feminism: An analysis of online user-generated comments responding to public opinion polls about gender equality. In Gender and Work: Exploring Intersectionality, Resistance, and Identity, edited by M. Sternadori & C. Prentice, 279. Cambridge Scholars, 2016.
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Semmler, Shane, and Kim, Young Y.. Local news media cultivation of host receptivity in Plainstown, 188-208. Vol. 40, Iss. 2. Human Communication Research, 2014. (DOI: 10.1111/hcre.12024)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, and Kim, Young Y.. Cross-cultural adaptation of Hispanic youth: A study of communication patterns, functional fitness, and psychological health. Edited by Kory Floyd, 133-156. Vol. 81, Iss. 2. Communication Monographs, 2014. (DOI: 10.1080/03637751.2013.870346)
  • Semmler, Shane, McKay-Semmler, Kelly, and Robertson, Terry. Gendered issue depictions in Commander in Chief vs West Wing, 247-262. Vol. 21, Iss. 5. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 2013. (DOI: 10.1080/15456870.2013.840304 )
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, and Semmler, Shane. The art of making conversation: Learning the skills of small talk, 48-55. Vol. 40. Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 2013.
  • Kim, Young Y., and McKay-Semmler, Kelly. Social engagement and cross-cultural adaptation: An examination of direct and mediated interpersonal communication activities of educated non-natives in the United States. Edited by Dan Landis, 99-112. Vol. 37, Iss. 1. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 2013. (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2012.04.015)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly. Student workbook for Communication 1113. Iss. 2nd. Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill Custom Publishing, 2006.
  • Robertson, Terry, McKay-Semmler, Kelly, and Raabe, Erica. Political websites: Female senatorial and gubernatorial candidates and their opponents in the 2002 election, 1-24. Vol. 36, Iss. 1. Cedar Falls, IA: Iowa Journal of Communication, 2004.
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly. Fundamentals of speech: A student workbook. Edited by Kelly McKay-Semmler, Shane Semmler, Terry Robertson. Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing, 2003.

Awards and Honors:

  • Nominated for Belbas-Larson Award, 2015
  • Top Faculty Paper Award, International Communication Association, Intergroup Communication Interest Group, 2014
  • Ralph Cooley Award for Top Faculty Paper in the Division, International/Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association, 2013
  • Top Faculty Paper Award, National Communication Association, International and Intercultural Communication Division, 2013
  • Intercultural Communication Division Dissertation Award, International Communication Association, 2011
  • Ralph Cooley Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Intercultural Communication, University of Oklahoma (OU) Department of Communication, 2010
  • Provost Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Area of Social Science, Education, and the Professions, University of Oklahoma (OU) Graduate College, 2008
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, OU Department of Communication, 2008
  • International Communication Association (ICA) Award for Excellent Teaching by a Graduate Student, International Communication Association (ICA), 2007
  • Top Graduate Student Paper Award, Sooner Communication Conference, 2006
  • Top Paper Award, Central States Communication Association Conference, Political Communication Interest Group, 2003
  • Top Paper Award, National Communication Association, Political Communication Division, 2003

Presentations:

  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly. Intergroup contact and host community attitudes toward immigrants in Plainstown. Presented at the 2017 Biennial Congress of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, Staten Island, New York. (June 2017)
  • Semmler, Shane, McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Meints, Tyler D.. House of Cards' influence on support for a female executive: A content analysis and national cultivation study. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA. (November 10, 2016)
  • Patel, Sama H., McKay-Semmler, Kelly. Disclosure of romantic relationship histories with parents and spouses: Cross-cultural differences between young adult Indian-raised and American-raised South Asian Indians. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV. (November 19, 2015)
  • Semmler, Shane, McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Prodanovich, Rachel. Cultivation of host community attitudes by local television newscast immigration coverage.. Presented at the 2015 Biennial Congress of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, Bergen, Norway. (June 30, 2015)
  • Semmler, Shane, Rachel, Prodanovich, McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Froehlich, Rebecca, Novotny, Alaina, Patel, Sama, Peitz, Stacie, Schley, Elizabeth. The undone work of feminism: User-generated comments responding to feminism's ostensible unpopularity. Presented at the Biennial Women and Gender Research Conference , University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD. (April 10, 2015)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Kim, Young Y.. Cross-cultural adaptation of Hispanic youth: An integrative research method. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL. (November 23, 2014)
  • Kim, Young Y., McKay-Semmler, Kelly. Interethnic communication among American college students: An empirical test of the context-behavior interface. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL. (November 22, 2014)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Patel, Sama, Prodanovich, Rachel, Semmler, Shane. Intergroup contact and host community attitudes toward immigrants in Plainstown: A mixed methods study. Presented at the International Communication Association, Seattle, WA. (May 22, 2014)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Semmler, Shane, Kim, Young Y.. Local media cultivation of host community attitudes in Plainstown, USA. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Washington, D.C.. (November 22, 2013)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Kim, Young Y.. Ethnic group strength in the process of cross-cultural adaptation: A study of Hispanic youth. Presented at the 2013 Biennial Congress of the International Academy for Intercultural Research Conference, Reno, NV. (June 25, 2013)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Cheah, Wai H., Parenteau, Julie, Kim, Yang Soo. Research, application, and future frontiers: Young Yun Kim's integrative theory of communication and cross-cultural adaptation. Presented at the International Academy for Intercultural Research Conference, Reno, NV. (June 24, 2013)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Semmler, Shane. Cultivating host receptivity and host conformity pressure: Exploring media use and host attitudes on immigration. Presented at the International Communication Association Conference, London, UK. (June 18, 2013)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Semmler, Shane, Kim, Young Y.. Cultivating host receptivity and host conformity pressure: Exploring the relationship between media use and host community members' attitudes toward immigrants. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Orlando, FL. (November 15, 2012)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Kim, Young Y.. Interethnic conflict: A theoretical integration of findings from qualitative case studies. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Orlando, FL. (November 15, 2012)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly. Fifty Shades of Grey: A feminist conflict?. Presented at the 2012 Biennial Women and Gender Research Conference, Vermillion, SD. (October 18, 2012)
  • 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)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Kim, Young Y.. Cross-cultural adaptation among Hispanic youth: A theoretical thematic analysis. Presented at the International Communication Association Conference, Phoenix, AZ. (May 25, 2012)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Kim, Young Y.. Hispanic voices on the northern plains: A thematic analysis of adaptation among Hispanic youth in Siouxland. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, New Orleans, LA. (November 17, 2011)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Kim, Young Y.. Cross-cultural adaptation of Hispanic youth: A study of communication patterns, ethnic group strength, and intercultural transformation. Presented at the International Academy for Intercultural Research Conference, Singapore. (July 25, 2011)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Kim, Young Y.. Cross-cultural adaptation of Hispanic youth: A study of communication patterns, functional fitness, and psychological health. Presented at the International Communication Association Conference, Boston, MA. (May 29, 2011)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Kim, Young Y., Murachver, Tamar, Gallois, Cindy, Noels, Kim, Krieger, Janice, Pitts, Maggie. Identity and communication: Interactive roundtable discussion by the International Association of Language and Social Psychology. Presented at the International Communication Association Conference, Boston, MA. (May 27, 2011)
  • Kim, Young Y., McKay-Semmler, Kelly. Interethnic communication among adult Americans: An empirical test of the context-behavior interface. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference , San Francisco, CA. (November 2010)
  • Kim, Young Y., McKay-Semmler, Kelly. The context-behavior interface in interethnic communication: An empirical test among college students. Presented at the International Communication Association Conference , Singapore. (May 2010)
  • Kim, Young Y., Izumi, Satoko, McKay-Semmler, Kelly. The role of direct and mediated interpersonal communication in cross-cultural adaptation: A study of educated and long-term non-native residents in the United States. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL. (November 2009)
  • Kim, Young Y., Izumi, Satoko, McKay-Semmler, Kelly. Social engagement and cross-cultural adaptation of foreign-born individuals: An exploratory study. Presented at the International Academy for Intercultural Research Conference , Honolulu, HI. (August 2009)
  • Kim, Young Y., McKay-Semmler, Kelly. Interethnic communication among college students: An examination of behavioral and contextual factors. Presented at the International Communication Association Conference , Chicago, IL. (May 2009)
  • Semmler, Shane M., McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Robertson, Terry. Consequential depictions of female leadership in Commander in Chief. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Conference, St. Louis, MO. (April 2009)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Kim, Young Y.. Case studies on interethnic conflict: An interdisciplinary review and synthesis. Presented at the International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, Tucson, AZ. (July 2008)
  • Kim, Young Y., Izumi, Satoko, McKay-Semmler, Kelly. Face-to-face and computer-mediated interpersonal communication in the context of cross-cultural adaptation: A study of educated foreign-born residents in the United States. Presented at the International Communication Association Conference, Montreal, Canada. (May 2008)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly. The no-kill shelter: Re-defining dignity and the humane society. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference , Chicago, IL. (November 2007)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly. The photographs are us: A semiological reflection on images of Abu Ghraib. Presented at the International Communication Association Conference , San Francisco, CA. (May 2007)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly. Case studies on interethnic conflict: An interdisciplinary overview. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference , San Antonio, TX. (November 2006)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly. All dogs go to Heaven: Redefining the humane society. Presented at the Sooner Communication Conference , Norman, OK. (February 2006)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly. Presented at the Department of Defense Short Course: "Intercultural Communication," Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, United States. (June 2005)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly. The United States and Turkey: A case study in justice and international conflict. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference , Chicago, IL. (November 2004)
  • McKay-Semmler, Kelly. A 'New Deal' for women: FDR's rhetoric on the inclusion of women in politics. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Conference , Cleveland, OH. (April 2004)
  • Robertson, Terry, McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Raabe, Erica. Political websites: Female senatorial and gubernatorial candidates and their opponents in the 2002 election. Presented at the National Communication Association Convention , Miami, FL. (November 2003)
  • Robertson, Terry, McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Raabe, Erica. Political websites: Female senatorial candidates and their opponents in the 2002 election. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Conference , Omaha, NE. (April 2003)