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Mary C. Gensheimer

  • Assistant Professor
    Communication and The Arts
  • Director
    Communication and The Arts
  • Assistant Professor

 MC Gensheimer started her career, in 9th grade, with a soldering gun, plaster of paris, yarn, a can of orange spray paint, and a camera.

Her photographic,sculptural, and graphic work has been accepted regionally for publication and gallery exhibits. A large set of angel wings appeared in the back seat of her green convertible- magically. They are now positioned at the west door of the Center for Communication and the Arts. Gabriel is the patron saint of Communication. This year she started work with the Innovation and Creativity project on campus. She has participated in  a course at The University of Michigan in Prototyping. And, she has completed two of the IDEO courses in Design Thinking. In addition, she recently completed the IDEO course in Prototyping. 

She currently serves as a member of the Gannon Wayfinding committee. This group works on Signage, Graphics and Art placement on Gannon's campus.  She is one of the shepherds for the University's painting collection- 15th and 16th century oil paintings.

She lives in Erie surrounded by art, with her husband, a cat-Gracie and a dog named Images Incredible Ironman, call name Griz.

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  • SPCH 111 Fundamentals of Speech
  • SPCH 115 Presentational Strategies
  • COMM 356 Digital Graphics
  • COMM 357 Animation
  • COMM 358 Digital Drawing
  • COMM 390 Intermediate Graphics
  • COMM 391 Video Performance and Production( Cooking Show, Sports Show)
  • COMM 390 Contemporary Craft Production
  • COMM 392- Event Planning
  • COMM 394- Innovation and Creativity
  • COMM 400 Senior Seminar and Thesis
  • ENGL 371 Mass Media and Popular Culture
  • MIC The Launch
  • MIC The Prototype
  • MIC The Pitch
  • Bachelor of Science, Communication. Clarion University, Clarion, PA
  • Secondary Education Certificate in Communication/ English
  • Master of Science, Communication. Clarion University


  • Certificate in Antique Evaluation- specialty- 20th Century American Pottery, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
  • Welding, acetylene and electric
  • Watercolor
  • IDEO Innovation Certification, Prototyping for new Ideas


  • Creative Services Director, WETG FOX 66  1986- 1994  Erie, PA
  • President, Cable Access Board,Erie PA  1986
  • Faculty Senate President, Gannon University Erie, PA  2007-2008
  • Faculty Member- Villa Maria Academy Erie, PA 1978-1982
  • Committee Member and site coordinator for The Governor's Arts Awards
  • Artwork for Mercy Center 2014,2015,2016
  • Artwork for The Erie Regional Red Cross 2014, 2015,2016, 2017
  • Schuster Theatre Graphics work 2013,2014,2015,2016,2017
  • Director of University Media Center, Nash Library 1982-1987
  • Faculty Member in the School of Communication and the Arts-the most colorful corner on campus, 1982-present (don't do the math!)
  • Current Director of the School of Communication and the Arts. Director, Digital and New Media 2016- present


  • Middle States Committee on Institutional Resources
  • Developed the "Gannon Coloring Book."
  • University Art Selection and Placement / Wayfinding committee
  • Admissions- graphics, distribution for SCA
  • Maker Space Planning and development in IHACK
  • EYC History Committee-Past 25 years, book completed
  • Red Cross Fundraiser at EYC


Mary            C. Gensheimer

Phone: 814-871-+1 8148717495
Office: CCA 316

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