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 is currently working 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 is also working for the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board doing supervisory training and preventing discriminatory practices workshops for incumbent workers in central Pennsylvania. She has also developed and delivered Foremen training programs for the New Jersey Sheet Metal Contractors Association.
She is an Associate Professor at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania teaching 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 twenty-one juried papers at national and international conferences since arriving at Kutztown University in 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, China and the Pacific Rim, Mexico and North America. In the Fall of 2000 and again in the summer of 2004 she served as a faculty member with the program Semester at Sea. She lived and worked on board the SS Universe Explorer, a floating University taking over six hundred students and 22 faculty around the world for 100 days. She taught 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. She has recently been awarded a Fulbright fellowship and will be teaching there and doing some research in Moscow for the Spring 2008 semester.
She and a colleague, Dr. William F. Maloney, Director of The Center for Labor Education and Research and The Raymond Shaver Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky have done supervisory training for the Sheet Metal industry, as well as training in supervision, leadership and preventing discriminatory practices for The South Central Workforce Investment Board of central Pennsylvania, as well as various union locals and apprenticeship programs. Currently they are launching a study of generational differences among construction workers nationally.