Debra J. Ford
Debra J. Ford

Debra J. Ford

Associate Professor
Graduate School

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Position

  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • ILD 803: Strategic Planning & Management
  • ILD 806: Change Theory & Practice
  • ILD 814: Proposal Construction

Education

  • 1999 - PhD Communication Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • 1990 - MA Speech Communication, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • 1985 - BA Organizational Communication, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Ford, D. J. (2018). Communication. In E. Sullivan, Ed., Effective leadership and management for nurses. New York, NY:, Pearson Education, 9th ed., 145-162, 2018
  • Ford, D. J. (2018). Conflict management. In E. Sullivan, Ed., Effective leadership and management for nurses (9th ed.). New York, NY:, Pearson Education, 199-210, 2018
  • Keyton, J., Ford, D. J., & Smith, F. E. (2012). Communication, collaboration and identification as facilitators of multiteam systems. In S. J. Zaccaro, M. A. Marks, & L.A. DeChurch (Eds.), Multiteam systems: An organization form for complex environments. NY:, Routledge, 173-190, 2012
  • Hoffman, M. F., & Ford, D. J. (2010). Organizational rhetoric: Situations and strategies.  Thousand Oaks, CA:, Sage, 2010

Articles

  • Nelson-Brantley, H. V., Ford, D. J., Miller, K. L., & Bott, M. J. (2018). Nurse executives leading change to improve critical access hospital outcomes: A literature review with research-informed recommendations., Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 18 (1), 148-179, 2018
  • Nelson-Brantley, H. V., Ford, D. J., Miller, K. L., Stegenga, K. A., Lee, R. H., & Bott, M. J. (2018). Leading change: A case study of the first independent critical access hospital to achieve Magnet® designation., Journal of Nursing Administration, 48 (3), 141-148, 2018
  • Nelson-Brantley, H. V., & Ford, D. J. (2017).  Leading change:  A concept analysis., Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73 (4), 834-846, 2017
  • Peltzer, J., Teel, C., Pierce, J.. D., Carlton, E., & Ford, D. J.  (2017). Successful communication in leadership: Experiences of the Northeast Kansas nurse leader residents., Kansas Nurse, 92 (3), 6, 2017
  • Peltzer, J., Ford, D. J., Shen, Q., Fischgrund, A., Teel, C., Jamison, M., & Pierce, J. (2015).  Exploring roles, goals, and barriers among Kansas registered nurses: A descriptive, cross-sectional study., Nursing Outlook, 63, 117-123, 2015
  • Tarnow, K., Gambino, M., & Ford, D. (2013). Effects of continuing education: Do attendees implement tools taught?, Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 44 (9), 391-396, 2013
  • Ford, D. J., & Hoffman, M. F. (2008).  Dancing with those who brought you:   Managing internal communication strategies in change initiatives and process improvement efforts. , Journal of the American Society for Quality, 34 (4), 17-20, 2008
  • Keyton, J., Ford, D. J., & smith, f. e. (2008). A meso-level communicative model of collaboration., Communication Theory, 18, 376-406, 2008
  • Bisel, R. S., & Ford, D. J. (2008).  Diagnosing pathogenic eschatology., Communication Studies, 59 (4), 340-354, 2008
  • Koesten, J., Schrodt, P., & Ford, D. J. (2008). Cognitive flexibility as a mediator of family communication environments and young adult children's well-being. , Health Communication, 24 (1), 82-94, 2008
  • Koesten, J., Schrodt, P., & Ford, D. J. (2008). Cognitive flexibility as a mediator of family communication environments and young adult children's well-being., Western Communication Journal, 24 (1), 82-94, 2007
  • Bloomquist, C., Georges, L., Ford, D. J., & Moss Breen, J. (In press.) Interdisciplinary leadership practices in graduate leadership education programs., Journal of Leadership Studies

Presentations

  • Ford, D. J. (2017). Butterflies flying in formation: Enhancing presentations in the workplace. University of Kansas School of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education presentation, Kansas City, Kansas.
     , 2017
  • Ford, D. J., & Olds, D. (2016). Building our capacity for advocacy.  Kansas Action Coalition Annual Summer Summit, Topeka, Kansas., 2016
  • Carlton, L., & Ford, D. J. (2016). Communicating for success in leadership: Report on the Kansas Nurse Leader Residency Program, Northeast Region.  Kansas Action Coalition Annual Summer Summit, Topeka, Kansas.
     , 2016
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    Ford, D. J. (2016). Butterflies flying in formation: Presentations in the workplace. Kansas Action Coalition Nurse Leader Residency Program, Northeast Region., 2016
  • Ford, D. J. (2015).  Introduction to Panel 4: Negotiations and collaborations during and after a crisis. Uniting to Save World Cultures: Investigating the Attributes of Successful Emergency Cultural Heritage Protection Interventions. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC., 2015
  • Busenhart, C., & Ford, D. J. (2015). Leading change, advancing health in Kansas through nursing. Kansas Action Coalition Annual Summer Summit, Overland Park, Kansas.
     , 2015
  • Ford, D. J. (2014). Next generation advising: Introducing the Graduate Advising Resource Center. Scholarship Forum, University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City., 2014
  • Ford, D. J. (2014). Interorganizational collaboration: Shouldn’t this be easier than it looks? KU Edwards Campus Lecture Series, Overland Park, KS., 2014
  • Ford, D. J. (2014). Organizational rhetoric and crisis. Guest lecturer, COMS 930: Stakeholders., 2014
  • Ford, D. J. (2014).  Rhetorical critique methodology. Scholarship Forum, University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City., 2014

Awards and Honors

  • Best Research Poster Presentation, International Nursing Administration Research Conference, 2016
  • Best Research Poster Presentation, 2015 Nursing Research Council Symposium, University of Kansas Hospital, 2015
  • Outstanding Service Award, Central States Communication Association, 2013
  • Top Paper, Organizational & Professional Communication Division, Central States Communication Association, 2007
  • Top Paper, Interpersonal Communication Division, Central States Communication Association, 2007
  • Donn W. Parson Graduate Faculty Mentorship Award, Communication Studies, University of Kansas, 2006