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Faculty and Staff Profile

Stephanie Michelle Pangborn

Assistant Professor

Office: Strode 404
Phone: 864-656-3855
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 Educational Background

Ph.D. Health Communication & Relating and Organizing
Ohio University 2014

M.A. Organizational Communication
Western Michigan University 2010

B.A. Visual Communication
Spring Arbor University 2006

 Courses Taught

COMM 3010 - Communication Theory
COMM 3110 - Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
COMM 3480 - Interpersonal Communication
COMM 3990 - Creative Inquiry - Memory Care Creative Studio
COMM 4660 - Special Topics - Narrative Resources for Resiliency, Community, and Social Change
COMM 4700 - Communication and Health
COMM 4950 - Senior Capstone Seminar
COMM 6700 - Qualitative Health Communication (MACTS)
COMM 8070 - Health Communication Campaign Planning and Evaluation (MACTS)
COMM 8110 - Communication Research Methods II (MACTS)
COMM 8640 - Communication and Organizing (MACTS)

 Research Interests

Guided by aesthetic, narrative, and pragmatist sensibilities, my scholarly agenda focuses on the communicative experience of well-being (social, emotional, psychological) for individuals, families, friendships, communities, and society at large. My aim is to (1) explore the complex ways that the primary dimensions of health are experienced within cultural, political, and economic social structures, (2) celebrate the ways that edifying relationship is pursued amid the myriad markers of difference that individuals confront in their daily lives, and (3) uncover opportunities in which individuals might collectively reconstruct more just social conditions in which everyone has the potential to thrive. Specifically, I am interested in practices of cultivating inclusive communities which acknowledge, engage, and appreciate the varieties of individuals’ age, ability, health condition, gender, class, and experience that too often impose relational challenges rather than invite growth and connection. The contexts of most interest to me are life-altering health experiences, community-based health activism, storytelling for social change, intergenerational relationships, young adult populations, and service learning in university communities.

 Research Publications


Pangborn, S. M. (2017). Reimagining interdisciplinary team communication in hospice care: Disrupting routinization with narrative inspiration. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 45. doi: 10.1080/00909882.2017.1382710

Harter, L. M., Pangborn, S. M., Ivancic, S., & Quinlan, M. M. (2017). Storytelling and social activism in health organizing. Management Communication Quarterly, 31, 314-320. doi: 10.1177/0893318916688090

Pangborn, S. M. (2016). Creating possible … Aesthetically engaging life amid reminders of our mortality. Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1196519

Beck, C., Aubuchon, S., McKenna, T., Ruhl, S. M., & Simmons, N. (2014). Blurring personal health and public priorities: An analysis of celebrity health narratives in the public sphere. Health Communication, 29, 244-256. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2012.741668

Ruhl, S. M. (2013). Dialogic moments and a wicked spin on aging. Health Communication, 28, 853-855. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2012.739950

Ruhl, S. M., & Harter, L. M. (2013). Systems theory as scaffold for storytelling … and other reflections on health care organizing. Health Communication, 28, 747-748. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2012.721336

Quinlan, M. M., Ruhl, S. M., Torrens, A., & Harter, L. M. (2013). Sensing gender by coupling visual and verbal storytelling. Communication Teacher, 27, 45-49. doi 10.1080/17404622.2012.737925


L. M. Harter, Pangborn, S. M., & E. Shaw (Producers). (2017). Realistically ever after: A Turn It Gold movement. Feature-length documentary. Athens, OH: WOUB Center for Public Media. Charlie Dina traded in part of his childhood for chemotherapy, a cocktail of drugs that saved hi life. Charlie’s scans now reveal no evidence of disease. Even so, he lives with late-effects of treatment. The Dina family founded Turn it Gold to elevate the cause of childhood cancer and survivorship. Realistically Ever After profiles their efforts as they partner with schools, athletic teams, and community members to communicate the hard facts of childhood cancer and increase funding for research. The film illustrates how brave individuals inspire others and bold action creates change.

Ruhl, S. M. (Associate Producer). (2014). A beautiful remedy. A feature-length documentary produced by L. M. Harter & E. Shaw. Athens, OH: WOUB Center for Public Media. Part of The Courage of Creativity series that explores connections between art and well-being. A Beautiful Remedy profiles the Arts in Medicine program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Arts in Medicine offers pediatric, adolescent and young adult cancer patients opportunities to express themselves, connect with others, and transcend or transform their social realities. This film was accepted for national broadcast and distribution by the National Education Television Association (NETA) to PBS affiliate stations beginning in September, 2015, and remaining available for broadcast until September, 2018.


Beck, C. S., Chapman, S. A., Simmons, N., Tenzek, K., & Ruhl, S. M. (2015). Celebrity health narratives and the public health. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Book Chapters

Harter, L. M., Quinlan, M. M., & Ruhl, S. M. (2013). The storytelling capacities of arts programming in healthcare contexts. In L. M. Harter’s Imagining new normals: A narrative framework for health communication (pp. 29-50). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt.

Ruhl, S. M. (2009). Health communication and community engagement. In C. Edwards, & A. E. Lyons (Eds.), Communication and Community Engagement (pp. 63-68). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

 Honors and Awards

Best Aural/Visual Project (2017). Awarded by the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association our documentary project, A Beautiful Remedy.

Outstanding Professor of the Year (2015). Awarded by the Clemson Department of Communication Studies undergraduate students for excellence in teaching.


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