Communication Faculty

Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Basic Course Coordinator and TA Supervisor

Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post, PhD

Melissa Broeckelman-Post (Ph.D. Communication Studies, Ohio University, 2009) is an Assistant Professor and serves as the Basic Course Coordinator and TA Supervisor in the Department of Communication Studies.  In the past, she has taught courses in instructional communication, communication theory, research methods, relational communication, applied writing, public speaking, interviewing, persuasion, and meeting and conference planning.  Most of Dr. Broeckelman-Post’s scholarship fits within the realm of instructional communication and rests at the intersection of interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and communication theory.  She is interested in the ways that interpersonal relationships within educational organizations (e.g. student-teacher, student- student, teacher-teacher, teacher-administrator, etc.) impact the teaching and learning process, as well as ways in which the organizational structures, priorities, and resource-distribution both enable and constrain the teaching and learning process.  Moreover, as a scholar who has been deeply influenced by dialogism, pragmatism, and critical theory, she is interested in the discourses within and about education, as well as the broader consequences (positive or negative) that accrue when such discourses merge with practice.  Across projects, whether related to education or other types of relationships and organizations, Dr. Broeckelman-Post tends toward applied research that necessarily maintains a dialectical relationship between theory and practice, and most of her research is conducted using multi-method longitudinal designs.