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Melinda Farrington, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Communication

Melinda Farrington


  • Ph.D., Duquesne University
  • M.A., Boston College
  • B.A., State University of New York at Albany
  • Courses

  • Creative Campaigns (Capstone)
  • Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • Non-Profit Communication
  • Public Relations Strategies
  • Writing for Media
  • About Melinda Farrington Ph.D.

    Dr. Farrington brings 20 years of integrated marketing and communication experience into the classroom. Prior to joining the faculty at Saint Vincent college career highlights include leading public relations initiatives for organizations in both the non-profit and private sectors, as well as leading these organizations through major rebranding initiatives. She has in-depth marketplace experience in crisis communication and fundraising communication. Her research interests include studying how media environments affect human communication in both intended and unintended ways. She also focuses on communication ethics and organizational communication with particular interest in issues of equity and inclusion.


    • Co-Editor Ethica – The Newsletter of the National Communication Association’s Communication Ethics Division Vol. 28, Special Issue March 16, 2017


    • Eastern Communication Association Annual Conference 2013 – “Walter Fisher’s Narrative Paradigm as a Lens for Tattoos as Visual Rhetoric”
    • Eastern Communication Association Annual Conference 2015 – “Orality and Vernacular: Ong’s opening via Peter Ramus”
    • Eastern Communications Association Annual Conference – 2012 – “Is Dialogic Presence Possible in a Mediated World?”
    • Integrated Marketing and Communication Conference 2011 – “Zhu Zhu Pets and the Power of Public Demand in Aiding Corporate Crisis Recovery”
    • Media Ecology Association Annual Conference 2014 – “Walter Ong and Peter Ramus: Parallel Historical Moments”
    • National Communication Association Annual Conference 2017- "Rhetoric Rearranged: Ong's Role for Rhetoric in a Mediated World"
    • Pennsylvania Communication Association Conference 2010 – “Presentiments, Sympathies and Signs: Dreams of Children in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre - An Aesthetic Reading”
    • Sewickley Academy Diversity Training 2013, 2014 – “pa???s?a or Everyone is an *%#$hole Sometimes”
    • Southern States Communication Association 2010 – Chair – Learning by Giving: Engaging Students in Theories and Praxis of Philanthropy; roundtable
    • Southern States Communication Association Conference 2012 – “Free Speech and the Military: The Case of Chelsea Manning”