Megan Fletcher


Megan Fletcher, PhD she/her/hers

Assistant Professor

English & Communication



Liberal Arts 305A


2022North Carolina State UniversityPhD
2016North Carolina State UniversityMS
2013Bridgewater State UniversityBA





Introduction to principles and theories of strategic communication. Students will develop practices for researching, defining, and engaging strategic communication as a rhetorical effort to persuade and identify audiences in/through various media environments.

The course includes intensive research into funding sources, analysis and interpretation of guidelines and writing several drafts of grant proposals. This specialized rhetorical form involves analyzing complex audiences and learning persuasive techniques unique to grants writing.

Development of intermediate level of communication skills about health-related concerns. Students learn to communicate effectively with diverse professional and public audiences and to connect the development of communication strategies to social, cultural, and political context. The course is organized around a semester-specific theme pertaining to the social determinants of health, health disparities, and public health concerns.


Research interests

  • Strategic Communication
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Media & Technology
  • Autoethnography
  • Community-Based Research

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Dr. Megan Alyssa Fletcher is a communication scholar of women’s health and media. Through community engaged research she incorporates narrative-driven and intersectional feminist approaches to craft interdisciplinary interventions for studying (and ultimately preventing) violence against women broadly, and intimate partner violence specifically. The aim of her research is to actively improve the conditions for women who have experienced abuse, a goal rooted in effective strategic communication. Her first research project, “We to Me: An Autoethnographic Discovery of Self – In and Out of Domestic Abuse”, was published in Women’s Studies in Communication. For this manuscript, she received the Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award from the National Communication Association (NCA) in 2019. Dr. Fletcher earned her Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media from North Carolina State University in 2022. Born in New Bedford, Dr. Fletcher is thrilled to partner with local organizations for research endeavors and student engagement opportunities. As a first-generation college student who attended UMass Dartmouth, Dr. Fletcher is keenly interested in supporting our students in their academic and professional pursuits.