Jessica Samens

Job Titles

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
    Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lead Faculty
    MBA, Graduate School


Samens' research interests include health communication, focusing on identity after an illness, disclosure of health status, and health disparity.

Started at Bethel



  • Winona State University - B.A. in Communication, 2004
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato - M.A. in Speech Communication, 2006
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Ph.D. in Health Communication, 2017

Courses Taught

  • Basic Communication
  • Advanced Public Speaking
  • Perspectives in Human Communication
  • Methods of Communication Research
  • Oral Interpretation
  • Inquiry Seminar
  • Public Presentations (Graduate)
  • Health Campaigns and Technology
  • Introduction to Health Communication

Areas of expertise

Health Communication

Research interests

Health and disability, identity after a health diagnosis, trauma and trigger warnings, instructional design.

Teaching specialty

Health communication and theory