Walsh College
Melvin Gupton

Melvin Gupton 

  • Title
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Education
  • Brief Description
  • Melvin Gupton is an adjunct professor in the Business Communications Department at Walsh College. He is also an adjunct instructor, research assistant, and doctoral student in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University. He currently teaches undergraduate courses in basic speech and business communications. Gupton earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University in Detroit and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication and Public Relations, also from Wayne State University.  

    Prior to joining Walsh in August 2014, Gupton was an adjunct instructor in the English Department at Henry Ford Community College, where he taught developmental writing and composition courses, as well as business and technical communication courses. Contemporarily, he served as the deputy director and general manager of the city of Detroit’s Workforce Development Department, a Michigan Works! Agency. In those capacities, he helped lead the state’s largest-funded, local talent development organization as it assisted Michigan employers with identifying and recruiting skilled workers. For nearly a decade, he also served as the chief of staff to the private-sector driven Detroit Workforce Development Board and oversaw the functions of its marketing, education, and strategic planning committees, among others. While employed with the city of Detroit, Gupton was honored twice with the World Class Service Team Award – once as a part of a highly successful grant writing team and the other as the communications manager on the leadership team, which successfully rolled out the city’s performance management system that continues till this day.    

    Gupton’s research interests include strategic issues management, crisis communications, media effects, public relations excellence, ethics, and stakeholder communications. Recently, he co-authored a book chapter on organizational diversity and is soon to launch a survey on student retention. As a lifelong learner himself, he attends several professional development workshops and conferences each year. 

    Gupton is a member of the student chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), a member of the National Communication Association, the Eastern Communication Association, and the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate.  

    Last updated: November 2015