Welcome to my blog! Wondering who I am? Here are some cold, hard facts:
Dr. Peggy Kendall, Professor of Communication Studies
Bethel University, St. Paul Minnesota USA. I have been a Bethel faculty member since 1999 (Correct. That’s over 20 years. I know, I just don’t look all that old.) In addition to teaching, writing and research, I also co-lead a study abroad semester to Europe every other fall semester.
I have published 3 books, each related to the impact technology has on our faith.
- Reboot: Refreshing Your Faith in a High Tech World published by Judson Press.
- Rewired: Youth Ministry in an Age of IM and Myspace
- Connected: Christian Parenting in an Age of IM and Myspace.
- Smith, C & P. Kendall. (2011). Youth ministry in a technological age. Kansas City: Mo: Xlibris Press.
My most recent area of research examines ElderCare.
- Kendall, P., Scott, M. and Jolivette, K. (2018) “Well, you can’t force them!”:
- Altercasting in the home health care context. Communication Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/10510974.2018.1462838.
- Our initial study was funded by the Edgren Scholarship and included analysis of interviews with 47 home health aides.
- I was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study Elder Care in Poland.
I speak around the country on issues related to things like:
- The impact of technology
- “Social Media Fruit and Our Kids”
- “Parenting with Love: Stepping out of the Cultural Stream”
- “Be here. Now.”
- “Rebooting our faith: How cell phones, Facebook, and text messages fundamentally alter our operating system.”
- “Technology: Is it Worth Paying Attention?”
- “Pop Tart Technology Theology”
- “Friendship in a wireless world”
- “Youth Ministry for a Technological World”
- “The New Normal: Finding Ways to Connect to a Tweeting, Facebooking, 3-D Generation.”
- “Facebook, Cell Phones, and Google: What Social Technology Can Teach Us About How to Better Engage our Students”
- “Deconstructing the 21st Century Learning Paradigm”
- Spiritual Growth
- “What happens when God is too small?”
- “Never enough: A Mom’s Journey of Grace in a World of Hospitals, Wheelchairs, and a Very Special Son”
The courses I regularly teach include:
- Public Speaking
- Facilitating Difficult Conversations
- Qualitative and Qualitative Research Methodology
- Group Communication
- Intercultural Communication
- Organizational Communication