Melissa A. Cook, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Arts
Phone: 724-503-1001, Ext. 3376
Office: Burnett Center 010
Areas of Study
Dr. Melissa A. Cook attended Duquesne University, Ph.D. in Rhetoric, 2005; University of Pittsburgh, Masters of Public Administration, 1994; Washington & Jefferson College, Bachelor of Arts, 1990. Dr. Cook comes to W&J from St. Vincent College, where she has been since 2004. Starting in 2011, she served as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at St. Vincent, as well as the director of the College’s Fred Rogers Scholars Program. From 1998 to 2004, Melissa taught as an adjunct in W&J’s Theatre and Communications department.
Melissa also brings management and leadership experience from her work in non-profit management. Her research interests include Communication Ethics as they apply to organizations, communities, families and personal relationships, Presidential Campaign Rhetoric, Rhetoric and Philosophy of Marketing and Public Relations. Her dissertation title was “The Scholarship and Praxis of Communication Ethics: Rhetorical Interruptions in Historical Narratives.” In collaboration with Annette Holba, Dr. Cook edited the book Philosophies of Communication: Implications for Everyday Experience, published by Peter Lang Publishers in 2008. Dr. Cook teaches courses in Rhetoric and Communication Arts, Public Relations, Advanced Public Speaking, and Research Methods.