Education & Social Sciences

College of Education and Social Sciences.


Mary Lahman, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication Studies


Mary Lahman incorporates appreciative inquiry and diversity-affirming ethics into her teaching of intercultural communication, listening and general semantics. She encourages students to give voice to and make sense of their experiences in light of applied communication theories. Her publications include articles in ETC: A Review of General Semantics and Communication Teacher, in addition to two textbooks: Action & Awareness: A General Semantics Approach to Effective Language Behavior (a free download on the IGS website) and Communication Across Contexts: A Listening-centered Approach (Kendall Hunt, 2014).

Professor Lahman is a 1983 graduate of Manchester University and holds advanced degrees from Miami University of Ohio (MA, 1984) and Indiana University (Ph.D., 1996). Before teaching at Manchester, Mary worked in professional sales for 11 years: four years for Eastman Kodak Company in upstate New York, followed by seven years for Johnson & Johnson in northeast Indiana. She recently worked with Steel Dynamics to present listening workshops for managers and sales representatives.