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Melanie Morgan

Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D., University of Kansas
M.A., University of Arkansas
B.S., Texas Christian University

Office: BRNG 2148
Office Phone: (765) 494-3305


Professor Morgan's primary research interest is in cognitive factors underlying communication skill development and message production. Her research has focused on the production of complex messages in a variety of areas, including aging, family, legal and scientific contexts. Recent journal publications have appeared in the Journal of Communication, Communication Studies, and the Southern Journal of Communication. Morgan is the author of Presentational Speaking: Theory and Practice, 5th ed., published by McGraw-Hill.  She teaches courses in communication skills, family communication as well as consulting and training and development.

Representative Publications

Organizational Communication

  • Morgan, M., Greene, J. O., Gill, E., & McCullough, J. (2009). The creative character of talk: Individual differences in narrative production abilities, Communication Studies, 60, 1-17.
  • Greene, J. O. & Morgan, M. (2009). Cognition and information processing. In W. F. Eadie (Ed.,), 21st century communication: A reference handbook (pp. 110-118). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Morgan, M. (2008). Message Design Logic. International Encyclopedia of Communication. Blackwell Publishing.
  • Morgan, M. (2008). Cognition and Aging. International Encyclopedia of Communication Blackwell Publishing.
  • Morgan, M. (2008). Implicit stereotypes: What attitudes do I really hold? Communication Teacher, 22, 84-88.
  • Roberts, F., Francis, A. L., & Morgan, M. (2006). The interaction of inter-turn silence with prosodic cues in listener perceptions of “trouble” in conversations. Speech Communication, 48, 1079-1093.
  • Morgan, M. & Hummert, M. L. (2000). Perceptions of communicative control strategies in mother-daughter dyads across the life span. Journal of Communication, 50, 48-64.