Professor of Communication
BA, Eastern Mennonite University, 1974
MA, Georgetown University, 1976
PHD, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2011
Goshen College Courses Taught
Goshen College, 1994-present: Language Skills, Speaking About the World, Writing About America, Expository Writing, Magazine Features, Oral Communication, Border Crossings, Communicating Across Cultures, Organizational Communication, Senior Seminar, Mennonite Women: Voices on Video, Principles of Public Relations, Women’s Stories: Gendered Communication, Practicing Public Relations, Identity, Culture and Community, Culture and Community, Public Relations in East Africa.
Led Jamaica SST Summer 2007 with Sheila Yoder.
Led Jamaica SST Fall 2008 with Theo and Leslie McFarlane
Lectures & Presentations
Heavenly Voices performances at the Mennonite Church Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, July 2, 3 and 4, 2013. Goshen College Umble Center Sept. 27, 2014.
“Who Can Play the ‘Other’?”, Mennonite/s Writing VI: Solos
and Harmonies, presented at Eastern Mennonite University, March 29-April 1, 2012.
Heavenly Voices monologues at Lancaster Mennonite High School’s alumni weekend November 20, 2010, as part of a presentation by three alumni writers: Peter Dula, John Ruth and myself.
“Leading SST in Jamaica,” Speech for Goshen College Donor Dinner, December, 2007.
“Speaking and Writing at Work,” Presentation at Goshen College ‘Lunch and Learn’ series, October 2, 2006.
“Hearing Voices of Mennonite Women of Color: Oral History as Peacemaker”, Seeking Peace: The Courage to be Nonviolent, Historic Peace Church Conference, Indianapolis, Sept. 9, 2005.
“Learning Which Inspires Me”, Goshen College Chapel, Goshen, IN, September 5, 2005.
“Diversity”, Presenter at Goshen Leadership Academy, Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Goshen, IN, June 15, 2005.
“Mennonite Women of Color”, Group Presentation, National Women’s Studies Association, Milwaukee, WI, June 2004.
“Preserving Our Stories,” Co-presenter with research colleague Linda Christophel, Indiana-Michigan Women’s Retreat, Camp Amigo, MI, October 8-9, 2004.
“Mennonite Women of Color,” Association of American University Women, Goshen, IN, September 20, 2004.
“Preserving Our Stories”, Co-presenter with Sylvia Shirk Charles, Mennonite World Conference, Zimbabwe, August, 2003.
“Interracial Dating: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? or What’s Love Got To Do With It?,” Martin Luther King Day Seminar, Goshen College, Goshen, IN, January 21, 2002. Presented with Art McFarlane.
“Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill and Other Geographically Incorrect Tales,” Goshen College Chapel, Goshen, IN, January 30, 2001.
Sermon at Waterford Mennonite, April 14, 2002.
“Community Voices: Reflections on Building a Diverse Community in Goshen,” Indiana Campus Compact Regional Meeting, Goshen College, Goshen, IN, October 26, 2001.
“Community Voices,” Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Goshen, IN, May 2001.
“Interrracial Dating: Sugar and Spice. Is it all that Nice? You Decide,” Martin Luther King Day Seminar, Goshen College, Goshen, IN, January 2001. Presented with Art McFarlane, Paul Steury and Michelle Fanfair-Steury.
“The Lilly K-12 Grant at Goshen College,” Lilly Conference, Indianapolis, IN, September 20, 2000.
“Los ladrones Y otras cuentas de Espana,” El Puente. September 20, 2011.
“Los ladrones Y otras cuentas de Espana,” The Goshen College Record. September 15, 2011.
Performing the “Other” in Religious Community: A Basic Interpretive Inquiry Among American Mennonite Women; dissertation published 2011.
Heavenly Voices, play featuring stories of Mennonite Women of Color, written in 2009, performed in July 2010 in Chicago, IL, and Goshen, IN.
Dreaming A New South Africa, video documentary on how the church in South Africa is working toward societal change after apartheid, Writer; released 2006.
Living Water Living Faith, video documentary on Mennonite Women of Color Worldwide, Executive Producer and Writer; released July 2005.
Watu Wa Amani (People of Peace), video documentary, Associate Producer, Writer, 2005.
Mennonite Women USA video, Associate Producer, Fall 2004.
“Walking in Dr. King’s Footsteps Was Inspiring,” South Bend Tribune, January 18, 1999.
McFarlane, Art and Pat, “Beyond Scratching the Surface: Moving Toward a Multicultural Society,” Goshen College Bulletin, June 1998.
“Mennonites and Multiculturalism: ‘On earth as it is in heaven’,” Gospel Herald, September 5, 1995.
“Mennonites and Racism: ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done’,” Gospel Herald, August 29, 1995.
“The Lost Penny,” Christian Living, May 1993.
“Heart in L.A.,” Christian Living, May 1992.
“Journal of a Hurricane Fortnight: He shall hide me,” Gospel Herald, January 3, 1989.
“We’ll Miss the Music,” Gospel Herald, November 17, 1989.
“Miz’ Martha Buckwalter; persistently faithful,” Missionary Messenger, November 1989.
“Treasures in Heaven,” Gospel Herald, March 24, 1987.
“Catching the Moment,” Gospel Herald, March 24, 1987.
“They Listen to Birds and People,” Sharing, Spring 1985.
“Grief for Mother: A holy joy,” Gospel Herald, May 7, 1985.
“Seeing Beyond Our Bus Windows,” Purpose, October 14, 1983.
“A New Perspective on Heaven,” Gospel Herald, June 28, 1983.
“My August Christmas Eve,” Gospel Herald, December 6, 1983.
“Miller: ‘The burden is the force of art’,” EMC Alumni Update, Winter 1982.
“Is a simple lifestyle possible in North America?,” Gospel Herald, November 24, 1981.
“Apples of Gold,” Gospel Herald, June 12, 1979.
“Twenty-five Miles to Three Mile Island,” Gospel Herald, May 29, 1979.
“My Morning at Dachau,” Gospel Herald, August 27, 1974.
Honors & Awards
Mininger Study Grant to study Spanish language and culture in Spain, Summer 2011
Maple Scholars grant to fund summer research with a student for the production of Heavenly Voices. Summer 2010
Mininger Grant for Terminal Degree Completion ($2000/year) Fall 2006-Fall 2010
Intercultural scholarship California Institute of Integral Studies, 2006-2008.
Peace and Justice Journalism Grant to travel to South Africa with a student team and create the video Dreaming A New South Africa
Plowshares grant money to fund travel for May 2005 course Mennonite Women: Voices on Video
Plowshares grant money to partially fund video production of Living Water Living Faith, 2004-2005.
Plowshares grant for travel to Mennonite World Conference in Zimbabwe 2003.
Campus Compact Grant to create six sessions of “Community Voices” dialogues at Goshen College, 2001.
Full-tuition scholarship Georgetown University, 1974-1975
Professor of Communication, Goshen College, June 2012-present
Associate Professor of Communication, Goshen College, Fall 2002-May 2012
Assistant Professor of Communication and English, Goshen College, Fall 1994-Summer 2002
Director: Lilly K-12 Grant, Goshen College, Fall 1998-Summer 2002
Adjunct English instructor, Manchester College, Spring 1994
Adjunct English instructor, Grace College, Fall 1993
English Lecturer, California State University San Bernardino, Fall 1990-Spring 1993
Adjunct English instructor, University of Redlands, Fall 1989-Spring 1993
Adjunct English instructor, Millersville University, Fall 1986-Spring 1989
Adjunct English and writing instructor, Lancaster Mennonite Conference Adult Education Program (College credit available through Eastern Mennonite University) Spring 1986, Fall 1986, Spring 1987
Adjunct English instructor, Franklin & Marshall College, Fall 1982-Spring 1986, Summer 1988
Adjunct English instructor, Pennsylvania State University York Campus, Spring 1982
English/drama teacher, Lancaster Mennonite High School, Fall 1977-Spring 1980