Merci Decker, Ph.D. is a part-time Lecturer in the Department of Communication at SUNY New Paltz. She has over a decade of experience teaching courses in communication, including argumentation, nonverbal communication, voices of dissent, organizational communication, and public speaking.
Prior to receiving her doctorate, she played an active role in the National Communication Association's Peace and Conflict Division serving in many capacities including chair and program planner in 2011 and Legislative Assembly Representative 2007-2009.
Early in her career, she was Director of a national collegiate speech and debate team, and she occasionally still judges tournaments and volunteers to coach.
Decker holds a master's degree in Rhetoric and Public address from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Ph.D. from the University of Memphis, specializing in Rhetoric, Politics, and Society. She has been published in the Studies in Popular Culture journal and has presented her research at regional, national, and international conferences.