Dr. Jill Cornelius Underhill








Associate Professor

250 Smith Hall

Spring 2024 Office Hours:

Mon: 2:30 – 4:30
Tue: 1:30 – 4:30
Wed: 2:30 – 4:30
Thu: 1:30 – 4:30

Office hours are times that faculty members have set aside specifically to help students. Please take advantage of these office hours if you have questions about something related to your class or are experiencing anything that is interfering with your ability to succeed in the class.


Dr. Underhill is originally from the Midwest and spent her childhood surrounded by cornfields and dairy cows. After college graduation, she decided to relocate to the East Coast to enjoy crab cakes, lacrosse, and graduate school at the University of Maryland. After moving to West Virginia in 2012, she has spent her time working toward tenure, raising a child, and exploring the food scene of West Virginia. Dr. Underhill loves all professional sports teams from Chicago, coffee, and the “track changes” function on Microsoft Word.


2012- Ph.D. in Communication, with a Persuasion & Social Influence emphasis, from the University of Maryland

2006- M.A. in Communication from the University of Maryland

2003- B.A. in Speech Communication- Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Joined Marshall Faculty in August 2012.

Scholarly Interests

My research focuses on instructional communication, health communication, and their intersections within higher education contexts.

Courses Taught

CMM 103: Fundamentals of Speech Communication

CMM 213: Interpersonal Communication

CMM 308: Persuasion

CMM 322: Intercultural Communication

CMM 374: Introduction to Health Communication

CMM 411/511: Communication Research Methods

CMM 474/574: Interpersonal Health Communication

CMM 479: Public Health Communication

CMM 601: Quantitative Research Methods

CMM 674: Communication Pedagogy

CMM 676: Health Communication Campaigns

Awards and Honors

2018 Marshall University Summer Research Fellowship

2017 Top Paper Award, Basic Course Division, National Communication Association

Administrative Service

CMM 103: Fundamentals of Speech Communication Course Director

Chair, New Graduate Student Orientation

Advisory Board Member, Herd Pathways Program

Refereed Conference Papers & Posters

Allen, T., Underhill, J. C., & Riley, B. (2018, November). Getting started with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Workshop selected for presentation at the Mid-South Educational Research Association, Pensacola Beach, FL.

Ledord, V. L. & Underhill, J. C. (2018, April). Obesity is more than Physical: An Extension of the Risk Perception Attitude Framework Among a Sample of Appalachian Young Adults. Paper selected for presentation at the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.

Underhill, J. C., Ledford, V. L., & Adams, H. (2017, November). Creating an Inclusive Basic Communication Course: The Relevance of Peers’ Knowledge, Stigma, and Attitudes Toward Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Top Paper Award in the Basic Course Division presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.

Social Media

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jillcorneliusunderhill

Contact Us

Dr. Richard G. Jones, Jr., Professor & Chair

244 Smith Hall
Department of Communication Studies
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755

Denise Parks

Administrative Secretary, Senior
254 Smith Hall
Department of Communication Studies
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755


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