Tim Halkowski

Tim Halkowski Professor - Health Science; Physical Therapy
B143 Science Building


  • B.A. in Sociology: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A. in Sociology: University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
  • Ph.D. in Sociology and Applied Linguistics: University of California-Santa Barbara
  • N.I.M.H. Post-doctoral Fellowship: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
  • Major Areas of Concentration: Conversation analysis, health communication


  • HS 310 - Communication in Health Care


Born and raised in Milwaukee, Timothy Halkowski benefited greatly from the University of Wisconsin System, earning a B.S. at UW-Madison, and an M.A. at UW-Milwaukee. He then earned his Ph.D. in Sociology and Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Following that, Tim was awarded a two-year NIMH post-doctoral research fellowship to do research on primary care doctor-patient communication at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. After that, he taught medical students and residents at the UW School of Medicine for 13 years. Tim was recruited to the SUNY-Albany Communication department in 2005, but was drawn back to his home state and UWSP Division of Communication in 2008. He joined the School of Health Sciences and Welless in 2020.

Tim's current research interests remain on communication in health care settings, with a focus on tele-medicine/tele-rehab communication, and provider/patient communication regarding uncertainty. He is also concluding a number of studies on doctor-patient communication regarding alcohol and tobacco use. 

Experience and Interests

Teaching Experience

  • Professor, UW-Stevens Point (2008-Present)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, SUNY-Albany (2005-2008)
  • Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Medical School (1992-2005)
  • N.I.M.H. Post-doctoral fellow, University of Kentucky Medical School (1990-1992)

Research Interests


Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Conversation Analysis (2012-Present)
  • American Association of Applied Linguistics (1992-Present)
  • Association International for Applied Linguistics (1992-Present)
  • National Communication Association (1992-Present)
  • International Communication Association. (1992-Present)

Presentations and Publications

Recent Publications

  • Halkowski, T.  (2014). ‘Ethnomethodology’ entry in the Encyclopedia of Health Communication. Sage Publishers, New York.
  • Halkowski, T., & Gill, V.T.  (2013).  Analisi della Conversazione ed Etnometodologia: la centralità dell’Interazione. SALUTE E SOCIETÀ.  University of Bologna.
  • Halkowski. T.  (2012). ‘‘Occasional’ Drinking: Some uses of a non-standard temporal metric in primary care assessment of alcohol use,’ in Beach, W.A. (Ed.). Handbook of patient-provider interactions: Raising and responding to concerns about life, illness, and disease. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, Inc.
  • ‘Medical Discourse’ in Continuum Companion to Discourse Analysis, Ken Hyland and BrianPaltridge (eds.).  London: Continuum Publishers, Ltd., 2011.  
  • Realizing the Illness: Patients’ narratives of symptom discovery. In J. Heritage & D. Maynard (editors), Communication in Medical Care: Interaction between primary care physicians and patients. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (2006).