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  • Dr. Melissa Cook

    Associate Professor of Communication & Chair  

    Prep Hall 221
    (724) 805-2589

    Office hours:
    Mondays 10:30-11:30 

    Wednesdays 2:00-3:00
    Thursdays 2:00-4:00
    and by appointment


    B.A., Washington & Jefferson College, 1990 
    M.P.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1994 
    Ph.D., Duquesne University, 2005

    Dr. Cook's CV 

    Courses Taught

    CA 110 Introduction to Public Relations and Advertising
    CA 140 Interpersonal/Organizational Communication
    CA224 Communication Ethics
    CA 240 Public Relations Strategies
    CA 250 Advertising Strategies
    CA 415 Creative Campaigns Capstone
    CA 440 Criticism of Media and Society

    Honors and Awards 

    Teacher of the Year Award, Pennsylvania Communication Association, 2013
    Quentin Schaut Faculty Award, Saint Vincent College, 2007
    Graduate Assistantship, Duquesne University, 2001-2004
    Graduate School Scholarship, Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, 2001

    Service to the Discipline 

    Chair & Exec. Com. Member, Communication Ethics Division, National Communication Association, 2011-2014
    President, Pennsylvania Communication Association, 2007
    Associate Editor, Pennsylvania Communication Annual, 2012-present
    Reviewer, Communication Ethics Division Conference Papers and Panels, 2008-present

    Service to Students

    SVC Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Faculty Advisor 
    Upsilon Nu Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, National Communication Honorary Society Faculty Advisor


    Cook, Melissa A. “Individual.” Encyclopedia of Identity. Ronald L. Jackson, Ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2010.

    Cook, Melissa A. and Annette M. Holba, Eds. Philosophies of Communication: Implications for Everyday Experience. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2008.

    Cook, Melissa A. “Political Communication and Ethical ‘Celebrity Advocacy’.” Philosophies of Communication: Implications for Everyday Experience. Melissa A. Cook and Annette Holba, Eds. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2008. 19-39.