Melanie Morgan

Professor // Communication

Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 2148


Phone: (765) 494-3306

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


Faculty Associate: Center on Aging and the Life Course


Melanie Morgan (Ph.D., University of Kansas), is an associate professor of communication and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Brian Lamb School of Communication. She also directs COM 217: Science Communication and teaches courses in communication research methods, organizational communication, organizational communication consulting and intercultural communication. Dr. Morgan’s research interests include communication and aging, aging and the workforce, and employee health and wellness. Her research has focused on the production of complex messages across wide range of contexts, including: aging, legal, organizational, and scientific contexts. Dr. Morgan is the co-author of Presentational Speaking: Theory and Practice, and her work has appeared in journals such as The Journal of Communication, Health Communication, and Communication Studies.

Representative Publications

Organizational Communication

Anderson, L.B. & Morgan, M. (2017). Embracing the opportunities of an older workforce: Identifying the age-based communicative strategies for coping with emotional labor.  Work, Aging, and Retirement. doi:

Anderson, L.B., & Morgan, M. (2017). Do nurses eat their young?: Understanding nurses’  intergenerational communicative experiences in the workplace. Communication    Quarterly. doi:

Anderson, L.B., & Morgan, M. (2016). We “Honor God in all we do” at Chase Homes:  Examining the role of religion in the workplace. In J. Fyke, J. Faris, and P.M. Buzzanell  (Eds.), Cases in Organizational and Managerial Communication: Stretching Boundaries.  Routledge​

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.

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.

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