Masters in Communication Faculty/Staff

Robert Reid
Robert Reid
Director of Master of Arts in Communication

PhD, University of Washington
MA, University of Washington
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
BA, Cal State - Fullerton

Office Phone: 563.589.3188
E-mail: rreid@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 310 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3690

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“My Scholarly project explores the communicative intersection between faith, identity, and voice. Some of my published works have looked at the rhetoric of religion expressed in ancient religious writings. Some of my work has explored the question of voice in contemporary religious discourse. And, as the director of a graduate education program in organizational leadership and communication, some of my work has explored how communities of faith engage questions of organizational leadership in congregations. In all of this my thought has always been shaped by the fundamental COM 101 question, “What do I want to have happen as a result of someone having heard what I have prepared to say?” The answer to that question I believe is at the heart of issues of voice, identity, and effectiveness.”

Professor Reid has served at the University of Dubuque since 2000. He is Head of the Communication Department and Director of the Master of Communication degree program in Organizational Communication & Leadership. He is ordained to the American Baptist Ministry (ABC/USA) and has served as the convener of the Rhetoric Working Group for the Academy of Homiletics since 2000.

His most recent books are The Six Deadly Sins of Preaching: Becoming Responsible for the Faith We Proclaim with Lucy Lind Hogan (Abingdon, 2012), Slow of Speech and Unclean Lips: Contemporary Images of Preaching (Cascade, 2010) and Connecting with Your Audience: Making Public Speaking Matter with Jenn Supple and Anne Marie Gruber (Kendall Hunt, 2010).Some of his recently published scholarly essays include, “Responding to Resistance during a Change Process,” in Transitions: Leading Churches through Change, Westminster John Knox: 2011; “Solzhenitsyn’s Christian Civilization Rhetoric: The Other ‘Prophetic’ Speech 30 Years Later” in And the Word Became Flesh: Studies in Scripture, Communication, and History in Memory of Michael W. Casey, Pickwick Publishers: 2009; and “A Rhetoric of Contemporary Christian Discourse.” The Journal of Communication and Religion, 31 (Fall 2008): 109-142.


Dennis George
Dennis George
Associate Professor of Accounting
Director of Summer School Program

MBA, University of Dubuque; Business Administration
BA, Loras College; Accounting

Office Phone: 563.589.3192
E-mail: dgeorge@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 108 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Fax: 563.589.3322
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Dennis teaches courses in accounting and finance. He has 20 years of applied industry experiences in various financial and management positions including CFO of a publicly traded technology company. Dennis has special interest in leveraging his vast financial and technological experience by incorporating technology into the class room.  He earned his MBA at the University of Dubuque and BA in accounting from Loras College.


Mary Anne Knefel
Mary Anne Knefel
University Librarian
Professor of Library and Information Science

MLS, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
MBA, University of Dubuque
BA, Knox College

Office Phone: 563.589.3215
E-mail: mknefel@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 201 Charles C. Myers Library
Fax: 563.589.3722
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“My passion is to empower students to find and use resources they need to be successful in their courses, particularly in an distance environment, and in their ministry. I am especially interested in exploring the best pedagogy to teach research methods to our students. Our community is blessed to have the Charles C. Myers Library and access to an over 140,000 electronic books, 150,000 print books, and key journals in mostly electronic format as well as a robust interlibrary loan/electronic delivery systems. I am also so grateful that we are able to provide access to the key theological database after graduation.” 

Mary Anne Knefel has been at the University of Dubuque for over 36 years, initially as a Reference & Instruction Librarian, then as Assistant Director. In 2004, she was appointed University Librarian. She has taught students from first grade to Seminary how to conduct research and design Web pages. Before coming to UD, she worked at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque, the Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.


Beth Parkin
Beth Parkin
Business Administration and Graduate Program Coordinator

BA, Golden Gate University



Office Phone: 563.589.3300
E-mail: bparkin@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 114 Charles & Romona Myers Center