Dr. Scott Eldredge is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Western
Carolina University. Prior to moving to Western North Carolina, Dr. Eldredge spent
20 years working for some of the world’s largest advertising and communication agencies
including J. Walter Thompson and Lowe Campbell-Ewald. His background includes experience
working for a diverse list of clients including General Motors, Ford Motor Company,
OnStar, Novartis, and M&M/Mars. Dr. Eldredge now teaches public relations courses
including Introduction to Public Relations and Public Relations Campaigns, as well
as topic classes in Health Communication, Mass Media, and Social Media Management.
He also serves as the faculty adviser for the WCU chapter of the Public Relations
Student Society of America, and for Catamount Communications, WCU’s student-run Public
Dr. Eldredge conducts research in the area of Health Communication looking at family communication and health, as well as patient-provider interaction. Specifically, his research agenda is built around issues involving intimacy, uncertainty, and relational development and maintenance. His dissertation, “Intimacy Uncertainty and Identity in Gay Male Couples Dealing with a Serodiscordant HIV Status,” discusses the health and illness experience of the healthy partners of men experiencing chronic illness.
Dr. Eldredge holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Information from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Arts in Advertising from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication (News & Public Affairs) from the University of Florida.
Department of Communication
Assistant Professor - Public Relations
Office Address: Stillwell 235