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Dawn Carusi

Dawn Carusi

Associate Professor

Dept: Communication




Office: Mills 109

Degrees: Ph.D. in Communication Studies (Ohio University), MA in Communication (West Chester University),BSED, Speech, Theatre and English (West Chester University)

Year appointed: 2003

Dr. Carusi began her undergraduate degree at West Chester University. During that time, she discovered the communication field and became fascinated by the complexity of human relationships. Also intrigued by student transformation aided by the guidance of mentors, she set her path to become a communication professor.

Before joining Marietta College in 2003, Dr. Carusi taught at West Chester University, Monmouth University, and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). She is proud to have earned service and teaching awards from West Chester University and UNCC, as well as Marietta College's Distinguished Advisor Award.

Dr. Carusi is a narrative scholar whose past research focused on the stories of death and dying. She has recently embarked on a new, ethnographic investigation of The Twilight Saga Fandom. She has presented her research at the National Communication Association, Ohio Communication Association, and Eastern Communication Association annual conferences. She also holds an executive board member position in the Ohio Communication Association.

Dr. Carusi teaches several courses including, The Fundamentals of Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, Gender and Communication, and Communication Theory. She also co-advises Senior Capstones with Dr. Suzanne Walker.

When she is not enjoying her time within the Communication Department, Dr. Carusi can be found playing with her lovable cats Olivia and Luna or enjoying her home state of New Jersey.