Dr. Mary Lahman strives to engage the inquisitive spirits of her students. She encourages students to give voice to and make sense of their “little” stories—their own experiences—in light of the communication discipline’s “big” stories—knowledge and theory presented in the classroom. Students in her advanced public relations class agree that they learn the most from the problem-based learning methods she uses to teach this class; Dr. Lahman serves as a “guide on the side” as students research local issues, build client relationship, figure budgets, and meet deadlines.
Mary Lahman is Professor of Communication Studies at Manchester University (Indiana). She is a 1983 graduate of Manchester University and holds advanced degrees from Miami University of Ohio and Indiana University. She incorporates service-learning and appreciative inquiry into her teaching of intercultural communication, public relations, and general semantics. Other research interests include the use of online discussions to build critical thinking skills and student engagement.