Gloria is the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and a professor in the Department of Communication at Missouri State University. She has taught at Missouri State since 1986 and was the founding director of the Citizenship and Service Learning program. She is the co-author of two small group communication textbooks and co-editor of a text on social constructionism.
Gloria’s classes have participated in a number of research projects for community organizations in Springfield, including the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the Vision 20/20 Education Subcommittee, and the Mayor’s Commission for Children. She has degrees from both University of Michigan (BA) and The Ohio State University (PhD) — Go Blue and Go Bucks!
In addition to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Gloria has been an active volunteer for a number of community organizations, including the Lima (Ohio) Area Chamber of Commerce, Mayor’s Commission for Children, Springfield Regional Arts Council, and, more recently, the Animal Issues Task Force. Missouri State’s mission is public affairs, and she takes that mission to heart. “I think it’s important to give back to a community, whether that’s your expertise, your time, or your money,” she says.
Noah Karrasch, her partner, is a body worker and a musician. He travels in the region and goes to London twice a year to teach and work on his bodywork clients there. Her step-daughter Molly is an actor–musical theater–who lives in Austin, Texas. Gloria love animals and has always had cats! Her tabby, Teddy, is 17 years old and mostly stays inside. Her outside cats (who have access to a garage with food, water, and cat beds) have decided they like the food at our house and have taken up permanent residence.