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Morgan C. Getchell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication in the Dept. of Communication, Media and Languages (School of English, Communication, Media and Languages)Getchell.jpg


  • Ph.D. (2016), University of Kentucky
  • M.A. (2012), University of Kentucky
  • B.A. (2010), Western Kentucky University

Courses Taught

  • COMM 610 - Research and Bibliographic Writing
  • COMM 605 - Communication Theory
  • COMM 626 - Crisis Communication
  • COMS 399 - Special Topics
  • COMS 382 - Public Relations Principles
  • COMS 108 - Intro to Public Speaking
  • CVM 201 - Media Writing


Dr. Morgan Getchell, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of English, Communication, Media & Languages. Dr. Getchell recently completed her PhD at the University of Kentucky where she focused her scholarship on the areas of risk and crisis communication.  Her dissertation, which examined emergent organizations in the 2014 West Virginia water contamination crisis, was funded by a grant from the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, a Department of Homeland Security center of excellence.  She has also worked on funded projects through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Agriculture. Her research is published in several refereed journals and has been presented at regional, national, and international conferences. She teaches courses in public relations, media writing, crisis communication, and graduate level courses on communication theory and research methods. She resides in Lexington with her family.


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