Faculty + Staff
O Science Building, S227
College Professor - Director, TPC Program
Professor Stavish teaches communication and literature. She has a strong interest in Biblical literature and storytelling. In addition to being a university educator, she also has experience as a professional storyteller, communication specialist/consultant, and executive director.
Master of Arts, Speech and Performing Arts, Northeastern Illinois University
Bachelor of Science, Speech and Theatre, University of Illinois
Honors, Award, and Memberships
Detroit Jewish Woman Artist of the Year, 2001
Mary E. and Richard E. Marburger Faculty Member of the Year Award, 1999
2012 Four stories to be included in online Introduction to Literature book:
2010 Guilt Trips (CD)
2010 Sha! Don’t Tell (CD)
2006 The Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible, (Abingdon Press) Volume on Parables,
wrote one-third of the stories.
2005 Solidarity Forever: Growing Up Union (CD)
2004 Storytelling Magazine, January/February, Guest Editor
2003 “Holy Humor: When Risqué Becomes Risky”
in Storytelling Magazine, September/October
2001 Hussies, Harlots, Heroines: Shady Ladies of the Bible, with Barbara McBride-Smith
2001 “QUESTions!—The Foundation of Retelling Biblical Stories”
in Storytelling Magazine, May/June.
2000 “Coming to America--Dayanu!” in Jewish Storytelling Newsletter
1997 "Planting Tree," Article in The Apple Tree, (April)
1996 Seeds from Our Past: Planting for the Future, Jewish Stories
and Folktales, Editor
1996 I'd Rather Be ME! audio-cassette tape
1994 “Forbidden Friendship” in Storytelling World
1994 Women: Willful, Witty, Wise audio-cassette tape
1993 “Who Can Retell?” in Jewish Family
1993 “Slinging Stories” in Storytelling World
1993 “Slinging Stories” in Jewish Family
1992 Tales Through the Ages for All Ages audio-cassette tape
Scholarly Activities (includes, grant, conference presentations, etc.)
National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, Tenn.
International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, Tenn.
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Orem, Utah
Jackson Story Fest, Jackson, Mich.
Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Okla.
Jewish Retreat Institute, Cleveland, Ohio
COM2103 Technical and Professional Communication
COM3553 Interpersonal and Nonverbal Communication
COM3563 Collaborative Communication for Leaders
LLT3453 American Literature, Reconstruction to the Present
LLT3713 Drama: Theory and History
LLT4963 Seminar in Communication: Bible as Literature
COM6123 Professional Presentation Strategies
COM6523 Developing the Corporate Story
COM6553 Advanced Interpersonal Communication
COM6463 Team Problem Solving and Decision Making
COM7203 Technical Communication Practicum