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Dr. Kerk Kee

Associate Professor
School of Communication; Communication Studies
Expertise: Innovations; Virtual Organization; Cyber Infrastructure; Social Media; Water Conservation
Office Location: Doti Hall 205
Office Hours: M/W 1-4PM
Phone: (714) 532-6036
Scholarly Works:
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University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Bachelor of Science
San Diego State University, Master of Arts
The University of Texas At Austin, Ph.D.

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Kerk F. Kee's (Ph.D. 2010, The University of Texas at Austin) research centers on the diffusion of innovations theory as it applies to organizational and health communication. More specifically, he studies the spread of cyberinfrastructure/big data technologies through cross-disciplinary collaborations in scientific organizations, and the flow of health information through social clusters in online communities. Recently he has become interested in studying the dissemination of pro-environmental behaviors through persuasive messages in modern societies. 

His research has been funded twice by the National Science Foundation (CAREER 2015-2020, $519,753, Sole PI: Kerk Kee; VOSS 2013-2016, $324,981, Sole PI: Kerk Kee), and once by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (subcontract of $16,969 to Kerk Kee, 2010-2011, PI: Jim Dearing), totaling over $850,000 in 5 years. His research has appeared in outlets such as the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, CyberPsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Health Communication, and other peer reviewed journals. The impact of his research can be measured by the total citation of 1,550 (as of June 1, 2015, compiled from Google Scholar).

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Kee, K. F. (2017). Adoption and diffusion. In C. Scott, & L. Lewis (Eds.), International encyclopedia of organizational communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Dearing, J. W., Kee, K. F, & Peng, T. W. (2017). Historical roots of dissemination science. In Brownson, R. Colditz, G. & Proctor, E. (Eds.), Dissemination and implementation research in health: Translating science to practice (2nd ed) (pp. 47-61). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kee, K. F., Sleiman, M., Williams, M., & Stewart, D. (2016). The 10 attributes that drive adoption and diffusion of computational tools in e-science. In P. Navrátil, M. Dahan, D. Hart, A. Romanella, & N. Sukhija (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2016 XSEDE (Extreme Science & Engineering Discovery Environment) Conference. New York: ACM. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2949550.2949649
Liang, Y. J., & Kee, K. F. (2018; Online First 2016). Developing and validating the A-B-C framework of information diffusion on social media. New Media & Society, 20, 272-292. DOI: 10.1177/1461444816661552
Kee, K. F., Sparks, L., Struppa, D. C., Mannucci, M., & Damiano, A. (2016). Information diffusion, Facebook clusters, and the simplicial model of social aggregation: A computational simulation of simplicial diffusers for community health interventions. Health Communication. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2014.960061. Advanced Online First Publication in 2015.
Kee, K. F., & Liang, Y. J. (2015). Subjective numeracy scale. In D. K. Kim, & J. W. Dearing (Eds.), Health communication measures (pp. 247-254). New York: Peter Lang.
Kee, K. F. (2015). Three critical matters in big data projects for e-science. In H. Ho, B. C. Ooi, M. J. Zaki, X. Hu, L. Haas, V. Kumar, S. Rachuri, S. Yu, M. H. I. Hsiao, J. Li, F. Luo, S. Pyne, and K. Ogan (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (pp. 2001-2007), New York: Springer. DOI: 10.1109/BigData.2015.7363991
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. (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.