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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 is a Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication.  Dr. Morgan holds a B.S. in Economics from Texas Christian University, an M.A. in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Arkansas, and a PhD from the University of Kansas in Communication and Social Gerontology. Dr. Morgan’s research interests and publications focus on the production of complex messages across wide range of contexts, including aging, legal, organizational, and scientific contexts. She is a co-author of the book Presentations That Matter. She is a recipient of the National Communication Association’s Don Yoder Outstanding Faculty Award. She is also the recipient of the National Communication Association’s Program of Distinction Award for her innovative design and management of one of the largest oral communication programs in the country. At Purdue, Dr. Morgan is a recipient of Purdue’s highest teaching award, the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, and she is a fellow of Purdue’s Teaching Academy. For the past two years, Dr. Morgan has served as an Associate Dean in the Graduate School and directs the Postdoc Office, Fellowships, Professional Development, and Diversity Recruitment Programs.

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.