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Karen Fetter Ph.D.
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Karen Fetter, Ph.D. is an adjunct professor of communication in the School of Business at Seton Hill University. She received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University where she also received her MA in Corporate Communications. She received a BA in Journalism from the Pennsylvania State University with a Minor in History. In addition to working as an adjunct professor at colleges throughout western Pennsylvania, Fetter has continued to work as a freelance writer for print and online media. Prior to teaching, she has worked as the Director of Marketing for the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor where she helped research, write and install mile markers and displays along the 200-mile road throughout Pennsylvania. After years of working as a journalist, she was also an education writer for the National Center for the Profession of Teaching and a technical writer for the Brandon Group. Fetter initially began working at Seton Hill in 2007 in the English department as an adjunct professor for the Adult Degree Program. She is married to husband Robert Fetter and has five children: Sarah, Bobby, Tyler, Maria and Julia


  • Ph.D.. Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), 2017 MA. Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), 2002 BA. Pennsylvania State University (University Park),1997


  • • The Pennsylvania Communication Association • The Eastern Communication Association • Modern Language Association • Center for the Advancement of Teaching


  • Presentation: Communicating in the Home September 26, 2014 to the Pennsylvania Communication Association Conference Presentation focused on how the structure of the home relates to how we communicate with one another. There have been many advances with technology that limit how we speak face-to-face with not only the members of our household, but also with our neighbors and those in the community. The presentation outlined how homes changed over time in the United States and how it impacted conversation and family togetherness.