Melissa Marshall is an
instructor with the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State University, where she
has been teaching since 2004. She works with the College of Engineering to design and implement effective teaching
methods of communication skills for engineering students.
In 2007, at the request of the College of
Engineering, Marshall co-developed, piloted, and was the lead instructor for a new presentation skills course that
targeted the skills specifically necessary for engineering students to excel in technical presentations. The course
was so well-received that the administration has more than doubled the number of sections offered after just one
She also teaches speaking courses for returning adult students
and professionals seeking degrees through Penn State Continuing and Professional Education. Her teaching
interests include incorporating real-life speaking examples into the classroom and the effective design of
visual aids for technical presentations.
Marshall also collaborates with Michael
Alley to teach a workshop entitled The
Craft of Scientific Presentations. She has taught this workshop at institutions including Harvard Medical School, the New
York Academy of Sciences, the CHDI Foundation, the University of Illinois, University of
Michigan, Cornell University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Laval University (in
Quebec), and Simula Research Laboratory (Oslo, Norway). If you are interested in scientific
presentations training for your university or organization, you can schedule a guest lecture or workshop
Marshall is the co-founder and advisor
for the Penn State Engineering Ambassadors, and award-winning science
and engineering outreach program.
Marshall is also the advisor for
TEDxPSU, an independent TED event held at Penn State each
She holds the following degrees from Penn State: Master of Arts in
Communication Arts & Sciences, Bachelor of Arts in both Advertising/Public Relations and Communication Arts & Sciences.
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