Passionate About Helping Others 

Dr. Melissa Murphy is the Founder and Chief Communication Coach of The Pitch Academy and award-winning teacher and scholar in organizational communication and technology at The University of Texas at Austin. 

She currently teaches undergraduate business communication in the nationally ranked McCombs School of Business. She has taught professional communication skills and organizational communication for the Moody College of Communication and has also held academic teaching positions in marketing for the MS Technology Commercialization program as well as teaches numerous workshops for Texas Executive Education.


She has published work on web conferencing in the classroom, international crisis communication, interviewing, organizational communication pedagogy, and professionalism for students and recent college graduates. Her latest work investigates the role of storytelling in raising capital in rewards and equity-based crowdfunding campaigns. 

While not teaching, she coaches and trains students, entrepreneurs, and professionals of all ages to pitch themselves and their ideas in meetings, presentations, and interviews. Over the last decade, she has worked and provided training for several non-profit organizations and companies in fields such as technology, education, consumer products, healthcare, finance, insurance, and government. During her spare time, she watches Kickstarter videos and is a community ‘Barracuda’ mentor for young entrepreneurs at Moolah University in Austin, Texas.


Recognized by the Speech Communication Association as the most outstanding graduate teacher in the state of Texas, she was recently awarded Assistant Instructor of the Year by the Department of Communication Studies at The University of Texas at Austin as well as Faculty Honor Roll at the McCombs School of Business.

Current Projects
  • Startup Storytelling: An Analysis of Crowdfunding Campaigns

  • Pitchology: The Ultimate Guide to Pitching Your Business

  • Identifying & Feeling Supported In Online Support Groups

Favorite Resources
  • Made to Stick by Dan & Chip Heath

  • Advocacy by John Daly

  • Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte

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