Andrea Meluch, Ph.D.

Andrea Meluch, Ph.D.

Title: BOS Coordinator & Associate Professor
Dept/Program: School of Communication
Office: Kolbe Hall 110F
Phone: 330-972-5189


  • • PhD, Kent State University
  • • MA, The University of Akron
  • • BA, Cleveland State University

Professional & Academic Experience

Andrea L. Meluch (PhD, Kent State University, 2016) is an Associate Professor of Communication in the School of Communication at The University of Akron. Her research focuses on the intersections of health, organizational, and instructional communication. Specifically, she is interested in how individuals manage their health information in organizational contexts and, in particular, how they make decisions about disclosing personal health information and provide others with social support. She has published in Communication Studies, Communication Education, Southern Communication Journal, Health Communication, Journal of Communication in Healthcare, and the Journal of Communication Pedagogy. She has also authored/co-authored more than two dozen book chapters and/or encyclopedia entries.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Gettings, P., & Meluch, A. L. (2021). “This happens in the real world?:” Perceptions of student-developed workplace case studies. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.  Advance online publication.

Meluch, A. L. (2021). Waiting to be seen: Provider-patient communication in the emergency room about miscarriage. Health Communication. Advance online publication.

Meluch, A. L., & Starcher, S. (2020). College student concealment and disclosure of mental health issues in the classroom: Students’ perceptions of risk and use of contextual criteria. Communication Studies, 75(5), 768-782.

Meluch, A. L. (2020). Getting to know you: Understanding organizational information-seeking through the application of uncertainty management theory. Carolinas Communication Annual, 36, 89-94.

Meluch, A. L., & Gettings, P. E. (2019). Communication concepts in action: Best practices in case study pedagogy in the organizational communication course. Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2, 119-126. 

Meluch, A. L., Starcher, S., & Feehan, K. (2019) Instructor disclosures of communication apprehension and student perceptions of instructor credibility in the public speaking classroom. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 31(2), 299-309.

Meluch, A. L. (2018). “Above and beyond”: An exploratory study of breast cancer patient accounts of healthcare provider information-giving practices and informational support. Qualitative Research in Medicine & Healthcare, 2(2), 113-120.  

Meluch, A. L. (2018). Spiritual support experienced at a cancer wellness center. Southern Communication Journal, 83(3), 137-148.

Meluch, A. L. (2017). Mixing methods in instructional research. Communication Education, 66(4), 477-479.

Meluch, A. L. (2017). Communicating diversity: Writing and reflections about diversity in organizational settings. Discourse: The Journal of the SCASD, 4, 83-87.

Meluch, A. L. & Oglesby, W. (2015). Physician-patient communication regarding patients’ healthcare costs in the U.S.: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 8(2), 151-160.

Meluch, A. L., & Walter, H. (2012). Conflict management styles and argumentativeness: Examining the differences between face-to-face and computer-mediated communication. Ohio Communication Journal, 50, 31-47.


Book Chapters

Walter, H., & Meluch, A. L. (2021). Human resource management. In L. M. Mahoney, & T. Tang (Eds.), The Rowman & Littlefield handbook of media management and business (pp. 97-116). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. [invited]

Meluch, A. L., & Hannah, M. (2021). Communicating compassion in pedagogy: Lessons from COVID-19. In J. Herron, & T. Douglas (Eds.), Handbook of research on strategies for student support during a global crisis (pp. 1-17). IGI-Global.

Meluch, A. L. (2021). Managing mental health in the classroom: A narrative reflection on pedagogy. In D. S. Strasser (Ed.), Communication and identity in the classroom: Intersectional perspectives of critical pedagogy (pp. 169-178). Lexington Books.

Meluch, A. L. (2021). Response: “Just Counting the Threads!” In M. K. Cundall, & S. Kelly (Eds.), Cases on applied and therapeutic humor (pp. 149-156). IGI-Global.

Meluch, A. L., & LeBlanc, S. S. (2021). Up all night with Facebook: A new mother’s use of an online community to find support. In C. J. Liberman, and K. B. Wright (Eds.), Casing Mediated Communication (pp. 231-244). Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Kallis, R., & Meluch, A. L. (2021). Workplace cyberbullying and online harassment as an organizational threat: Exploring the negative organizational outcomes. In L. R. Salazar (Ed.), Handbook of research on cyberbullying and online harassment in the workplace (pp. 176-196). IGI Global.

Meluch, A. L., & Starcher, S. (2020). The stigmatization of mental health disclosure in the college classroom: Student perceptions of instructor credibility and the benefits of disclosure. In L. R. Lippert, R. Hall, A. Miller-Ott, & D. C. Davis (Eds.), Communicating mental health: History, contexts, and perspectives (pp. 147-166). Lexington Books.  

Walter, H. L., & Meluch, A. L. (2020). Measurement issues and trends in organizational communication. In E. E. Graham, & J. P. Mazer (Eds.), Communication research measures III: A sourcebook (pp. 82-93). Routledge. [invited]

Measure Profiles in Communication Research Measures III:

  • Meluch, A. L. (2020). Policy communication index. In E. E. Graham, & J. P. Mazer (Eds.), Communication research measures III: A sourcebook (pp. 376-380). Routledge. [invited]
  • Meluch, A. L. (2020). Structurational divergence scale. In E. E. Graham, & J. P. Mazer (Eds.), Communication research measures III: A sourcebook (pp. 455-459). Routledge. [invited]
  • Meluch, A. L. (2020). Upward dissent scale. In E. E. Graham, & J. P. Mazer (Eds.), Communication research measures III: A sourcebook (pp. 498-502). Routledge. [invited]

Meluch, A. L. (2020). Newcomer socialization and experiences of sexual harassment. In R. Bisel, & M. W. Kramer (Eds.), Cases in organizational communication: A lifespan approach (pp. 117-122). Oxford University Press.

Meluch, A. L., & Hannah, M. (2019). “What do you expect from me?”: Family and marital coping after a breast cancer diagnosis. In S. Symonds LeBlanc (Ed.), Casing the family: Theoretical and applied approaches to understanding family communication (pp. 339-348). Kendall Hunt Publishing. [invited]

Meluch, A. L. (2019). “Can you please direct me to a doctor that has a heart?”: A Stage IV breast cancer patient narrative. In P. Kellett (Ed.), Narrating patienthood: Engaging diverse voices on health, communication, and the patient experience (pp. 85-98). Lexington Books.

Meluch, A. L. (2019). Living with anxiety as a first-generation college student: Intersections of mental health and the first-generation college student experience. In T. Housel (Ed.), First-generation college student experiences of intersecting marginalities (pp. 133-146). Peter Lang.

Meluch, A. L. (2018). Which do you prefer? Understanding communication anxiety. In J. S. Seiter, J. Peeples, & M. L. Sanders (Eds.), Communication in the classroom: A collection of GIFTS (pp. 32-34). Bedford/St. Martin’s. 

Meluch, A. L. (2017). Health Communication. In H. S. Walter, & E. E. Graham (Eds.), Converging contexts across conversations: An introduction to communication (pp. 251-274). August Learning Solutions. [invited]

Meluch, A. L., Reed, P., Cline, R. J. W., & Hernandez, T. (2016). Intractable conflict in a slowly evolving environmental disaster: Social violence and social suffering in the Libby, MT Disaster. In A. Smith (Ed.), Radical conflict: Essays on violence, intractability, and communication (pp. 19-39). Lexington Books.

Meluch, A. L. (2015). Health communication. In H. L. Walter, & E. E. Graham (Eds.), Introduction to communication: Converging conversations across contexts (pp. 317-343). Hayden-McNeil Publishing. [invited]


Encyclopedia Entries

Cline, R. J., & Meluch, A. L. (2017). Bad news, communication of. In M. Allen (Ed.),

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods (pp. 83-86). Sage Publications. [invited]

Cline, R. J. W., & Meluch, A. L. (2016). Disasters and communication about health.

In J. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication (pp. 1-36). Oxford University Press. [invited]

Cline, R. J. W., & Meluch, A. L. (2014). HIV/AIDS test: Meanings of. In T. L. Thompson

(Ed.), Encyclopedia of Health Communication (pp. 662-663). Sage Publications. [invited]

disclosure, privacy management, social support, conflict, mental health communication


  • BUSN 230 Business Communication
  • COMM 325 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 384 Communication Research
  • COMM 435 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 459 Leadership & Communication (combined with 4240 301 Leadership Principles & Practices for Technical Organizations)
  • COMM 531 Risk Communication
  • COMM 538 Health Communication 
  • COMM 623 Applied Communication Theory
  • COMM 630 Communication in Organizations