Andrea Mitnick Profile
Dr. Mitnick is an experienced trainer in platform presentation skills, interpersonal communication skills, team skills, leadership development, and gender communication.
She has conducted workshops for a variety of organizations, including ARCO Chemical, The Franklin Mint, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley- Dean Witter, New York State Electric and Gas, ConEd, and MichCon. She has worked with the Sheet Metal Workers of North America to create plans and training programs to recruit and retain women and people of color into the building trades She has also developed and delivered Foremen training programs for the New Jersey Sheet Metal Contractors Association.
She is a Professor Emerita from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where she taught presentation skills, Public Relations Techniques, and Crisis Communication, as well as Leadership Communication. Previously an Assistant Professor of Communication at Penn State University, she won the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1995. She received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Communication from Temple University, and her research on a wide range of topics has been published in both journals and textbooks. Most recently she has been writing about generational differences in the construction trades. She has presented more than thirty juried papers at national and international conferences since 1995.
A former Junior Olympic gold medalist in swimming, Dr. Mitnick now swims for pleasure, lifts weights, and walks. She has lived and taught in Switzerland, and continues to travel extensively in Europe, Mexico and North America. In the Fall of 2000 and again in the summer of 2004 and the fall of 2009 she served as a faculty member with the program Semester at Sea, teaching Intercultural Communication, Public Speaking, and leadership development and strategic communication.
Three times – 2002,2003, and 2005 she has taught Crisis Management and Communication at the Diplomatic Institute in Moscow, Russia. In 2007 she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach in Moscow. In 2015 she was awarded a second Fulbright to teach in Budapest, Hungary and spent six months there teaching at the Budapest University of Arts and Communication.
She continues to present workshops on communication. In her spare time, she is a docent at The Brandywine River Museum in Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania, and works with Syrian refugees through HIAS (formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society).