PhD - Communication Studies, University of Kansas 
MA - Rhetoric and Communication, University of Pittsburgh 
BS - Mass Communication; Public Address, Towson State University  


Michael E. Balmert is a professor and former chair of the communication department within the School for Social Change. He has taught more than 30 different course titles at the undergraduate or graduate levels at six different universities. Among courses he has taught at Carlow are: Interpersonal Communication, Communication Ethics, Leadership and Communication, Conflict Management, Communication and Health Care, Organizational Communication, Leadership and Ethics, Professional Presentations, and Persuasion.

He developed and co-facilitated a campus-wide Colloquium on Challenging Indifference to address racism, diversity, and humanity that enrolled students, faculty, staff, and administrators. He also co-developed an interdisciplinary honors course on Human Dignity.  

A former member of the Indiana University Forum on Ethics, he traveled the state hosting case study discussions on ethics with practicing professionals in media, business, medicine, and law.  An active scholar, he has presented at national, international, regional, and state professional conferences on a wide variety of subjects  including, though not limited to, assorted issues in ethics, teaching and learning, leadership, interpersonal and family relations, and creating deliberative spaces for complex social issues. He has a developing interest in health literacy and advocacy.  In his career, he has consulted with governmental, state, profit and non-profit organizations, as well as healthcare and educational institutions. 

Dr. Balmert has received international, national, and regional awards for teaching excellence as well as awards for distinguished teaching from three academic institutions including the Presidential Award and the 2011 Max & Esther Sestili Award at Carlow University. His teaching style is energetic, rigorous, highly interactive, learner-oriented, and discussion-based.  

Research Interests

Current research interests include assorted topics in ethics – especially, though not solely, as they relate to communication and media contexts; deliberative space for complex social issues; scholarship related to teaching and learning; and a developing interest in health literacy and advocacy.