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Theresa Donofrio
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
B.A., Miami University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland
Email: tdonofrio@coe.edu

Classes taught:

  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking
  • Media and Mass Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Persuasion and Propaganda
  • Communicating Public Problems: The Construction and Framing of Contemporary Social Issues

Dr. Donofrio's academic areas of interest include rhetoric and political culture, visual rhetoric, public memory, media studies, and cultural studies. Her research most often focuses on the rhetoric surrounding public tragedies or crises. Her work has appeared in important journals such as the Western Journal of Communication and Women's Studies in Communication.

Her passion for these subjects translates into a commitment to helping her students develop their critical and analytical capacities. Dr. Donofrio strives to create accessible yet challenging classroom environments and seeks to empower students to engage with course content. On teaching at Coe, Dr. Donofrio notes, "I love the opportunity a liberal arts college provides to connect with students in small classroom environments. Because of the small class sizes at Coe, I get an opportunity to learn about my students as individuals and can design courses to meet their needs and goals."

When she is not in the classroom or the library, Dr. Donofrio can be found exploring different yoga studios, browsing bookstores, or hanging out in a coffee shop. She has a serious addiction to caramel macchiatos and pumpkin spice lattes.



Susanne Gubanc
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Rhetoric
Communication Studies Coordinator
B.A., University of Illinois, Springfield
M.A., Miami University, Ohio
M.A., University of York, England
Email: sgubanc@coe.edu

Classes taught:

  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Introduction to Public Relations
  • Introduction to Gender
  • Sex, Race and Gender in Media
  • Journalism Practicum
  • Advanced Media Writing Workshop

Susanne Gubanc's favorite Coe tradition is to attend the weekly conversation at the local coffee shop with the Cosmos (campus newspaper) staff and talk over the good & bad of each issue.  Along with teaching, she is an amateur photographer, once worked as a donut-girl at Dunkin Donuts and is co-founder of a feminist theatre company.

“I began to see the importance of communication and media when still in elementary school while watching old black & white movies. I think of it as storytelling, because storytelling helps us make sense of the world. When we hear a story that touches us profoundly, our lives are changed, our ideas altered. So to me, stories are our primary tools of growth. Each day we use stories to pass along information, insights, and observances. I want to help us all tell our stories.”



Robert Marrs
The Esther & Robert Armstrong Professor of Rhetoric, Chair
Director of Writing Center
B.A., Kansas State University
M.A., Ph.D., Washington State University
Email: rmarrs@coe.edu

Courses taught include:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Topics in Composition
  • The Essay
  • Environmental Rhetoric
  • Writer's Colony (May Term travel literature course)
  • Nature Writing (Summer term course at Coe’s Wilderness Field Station)

Dr. Marrs is the Director of the Writing Center, and coordinator of the college's Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program.  He is also the advisor for Colere.

“I love teaching because it gives me an excuse for continuing to work on my own education, read new books, engage in new conversations, read student compositions, help students discover new ways to enhance their learning. There is nothing more exciting or rewarding than this interaction with students. New knowledge and understanding is created in the collaborative communities as we work together. It's great fun to be engaged in this kind of learning environment.”

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Jane Nesmith
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Rhetoric
B.A., The College of Wooster
M.A., Indiana University
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Email: jnesmith@coe.edu

Classes taught:

  • Rhetorical Theory and Practice
  • Professional Writing
  • Journalism Workshop
  • Advanced Writing Workshop

Dr. Nesmith is the advisor for The Pearl.  Besides teaching, she is a local freelance writer, a Black belt in Tae Kwon Do and the mom of two teen boys.

“Ever since I graduated from college myself, I’ve wanted to teach at a liberal arts college.  And here I am.  I find it a great source of joy to be part of a liberal arts community where students learn to think critically, communicate clearly, behave ethically, and approach any situation with curiosity and creativity.”

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Karen Antons Sindelar
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Rhetoric
Director of the Speaking Center
Coordinator of Advising
B.A., Luther College
M.A., Antioch University New England

Email: ksindela@coe.edu

Classes taught:

  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking
  • Topics in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): We Have Ways to Make You Talk

Along with teaching, Ms. Sindelar has worked as a Camp Director, been a Dance/Movement Therapist, and traveled to thirteen countries while singing in the St. Mark’s choir. She loves watercolor painting, spending time at her family’s century farm, and her two (nearly grown) kids.

“I love how integrated our students are with real world experiences.  Our department stands out from other schools because of our love of diversity, process education, and service learningIn service learning projects, students interact with people from our community, using skills they've learned in the classroom and building experience for their résumés.”

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Karla Steffens-Moran
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Rhetoric
B.A., Southern Illinois University
M.A., The Johns Hopkins University
M.F.A., University of Iowa
Email: ksteffen@coe.edu

Classes taught:

  • Propaganda and Persuasion
  • Media and Mass Communication
  • US Pluralism
  • Writing in the Digital Age
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Honors Composition

Ms. Steffens-Moran loves the tradition of ringing of the bell to begin and end a student's time at Coe.  Along with teaching, she has worked as a waitress in a German café, been a bus driver in Chicago and enjoys pesto on any kind of pasta.

“I love the atmosphere of a small liberal arts college where I can truly spend time one-on-one with students.  Our department stands out from other schools because of our discussion-based classes versus lecture in which the communication is not just a word to describe the content, but the process by which that content is learned.”




Mary Louise Taylor
Instructor of Rhetoric
B.S.N., University of Iowa
J.D., University of Iowa
M.A., University of Iowa

Classes taught:

  • Writing Seminar in Non-Western Culture
  • Propaganda and Persuasion
  • Writer's Workshop
  • Advanced Writer's Workshop
  • Nursing Research
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare

Ms. Taylor also teaches courses in ethics and research in the Nursing department. In addition to teaching, she enjoys gardening, volunteers at Camp Hitaga, and looks forward to breaking 40 in nine holes of golf.

“We have very capable instructors who are most sincere in their desire to help students grow and develop the ability to write, to work together, to think.”