» Dr. Kerk Kee
Assistant Professor

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Communication Studies
Dr. Kerk Kee
Office Location:
Doti Hall 205
Office Hours:
Spring 2015: Tue. 12-4 p.m.; Wed. 5-7 p.m.
(714) 532-6036
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Bachelor of Science
San Diego State University, Master of Arts
The University of Texas At Austin, Ph.D. in Communication Studies

Kerk F. Kee's (Ph.D. 2010, The University of Texas at Austin) research employs diffusion theory to examine organizational communication technologies and health communication strategies. Specifically, his communication research lies at the intersection of sociotechnical systems (i.e., social media, computational tools in collaborative cyberinfrastructure, etc.) and virtual organizing (in scientific distributed collaborations, health intervention disseminations, corporate enterprise 2.0 activities, etc.). In Aug 2013, he received a major grant from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled, "Computational Tools, Virtual Organizing, and Dynamic Innovation Diffusion" (2013-2016) to support a research team with 4 students at Chapman. In 2010-2011, he received a subcontract and participated in a multi-institutional project on family health innovation dissemination funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (PI: Jim Dearing, Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado).

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Sparks, L., Kee, K. F., & Struppa, D. C. (2014). Social aggregates in the health context. In T. L. Thompson (Ed.), Sage encyclopedia of health communication, 3 (pp. 1272-1274). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Kee, K. F., Sparks, L., Struppa, D. C., Mannucci, M., & Damiano, A. (in press). Information diffusion, Facebook clusters, and the simplicial model of social aggregation: A computational simulation of simplicial diffusers for community health interventions. Health Communication.
Kee, K. F., Sparks, L., Struppa, D. C., & Mannucci, M. (2013). Social groups, social media, and higher dimensional social structures: A simplicial model of social aggregation for computational communication research. Communication Quarterly, 61(1), 35-58.
Stephens, K. K., Murphy, M., & Kee, K. F. (2012). Leveraging multicommunication in the classroom: Implications for participation and engagement. S. O. Ferris (Ed.), Teaching and learning with the Net Generation: Concepts and tools for reaching digital learners (pp. 269-288). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Dearing, J. W. & Kee, K. F. (2012). Historical roots of dissemination science. In Brownson, R. Colditz, G. & Proctor, E. (Eds.), Dissemination and implementation research in health: Translating science to practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kee, K. F., & Thompson-Hayes, M. (2012). Conducting effective interviews about virtual work: Gathering and analyzing data using a grounded theory approach. In S. D. Long (Ed.), Virtual work and human interaction research. Hershey: IGI Global.
Iorio, J., Kee, K. & Decker, M. (2012). Instructional technology training: Developing functional and applied skill sets. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (pp. 1188-1193). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
Rakovski, C., Sparks, L., Robinson, J. D., Kee, K. F., Bevan, J. L., & Agne, R. (2012). A regression-based study using jackknife replicates of HINTS III data: Predictors of the efficacy of health information seeking. Journal of Communication In Healthcare, 5(3), 163-170.
Browning, L. D., Morris, G. H., & Kee, K. F. (2011). The role of communication in positive organizational scholarship. In Cameron, K. & Spreitzer, G. (Eds.), Handbook of positive organizational scholarship (pp. 566-578). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kee, K. F., Cradduck, L., Blodgett, B., & Olwan, R. (2011). Cyberinfrastructure inside out: Definitions and influencing forces shaping its emergence, development, and implementation. In D. Araya, Y. Breindl & T. Houghton (Eds.), Nexus: New intersections in Internet research (pp. 157-189). New York: Peter Lang.
Kee, K. F., & Browning, L. D. (2010). The dialectical tensions in the funding infrastructure of cyberinfrastructure. Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 19 (3-4), 283-308.
Valenzuela, S., Park, N., & Kee, K. F. (2009). Is there social capital in a social network site?: Facebook use and college students' life satisfaction, trust, and participation. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 14(4), 875-901.
Park, N., Kee, K. F., & Valenzuela, S. (2009). Being immersed in social networking environment: Facebook Groups, uses and gratifications, and social outcomes. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 12(6), 729-733.
Bird, I., Jones, B., & Kee, K. F. (2009). The organization and management of grid infrastructures. Computer, 42 (1), 36-46.