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Kelly Weikle, M.M.C.

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Fall 2018 Cohort
SCHN 417

Specialization: Interpersonal Communication

Kelly Weikle (M.M.C., University of South Carolina) also earned her B.S. in Journalism from West Virginia University. Kelly specializes in interpersonal communication. Her research interests center on how people navigate and construct their identities as the move through significant or difficult life experiences, mostly within the context of parenting and motherhood. Additionally, she is interested in understanding and exploring discourse surrounding parenting and motherhood. Her research includes projects on partner support during breastfeeding, motherhood identity and breastfeeding, and discourse on social networking sites for mothers.

Before pursuing her PhD, Kelly worked in public relations and corporate communication, where she specialized in employee communication across digital platforms. Her professional experience spans several industries and includes work for a state governor, a Fortune 500 company, nonprofit, business, and agency. Her work won several professional awards in the public relations field. In 2016, she was named Young Professional of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America, West Virginia chapter. 

Kelly is a passionate reader, writer, and historical enthusiast. She’s the mother of two young children who keep her on her toes and motivate her to do her best and work hard every day. She’s also a fan of NPR, cupcakes, and running short distances