Mary C. Gensheimer

Assistant Professor, Communication and The Arts
Interim Co-Director, Communication and The Arts
Phone: 814-871-7495
Office: CCA 316

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Service


  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. She has worked closely with the Erie Chamber Orchestra, creating cartoon characters for the educational outreach to all local grade schools. Characters were used in a complete music lesson plan packet distributed within the Erie County regional schools.

Last year, a 3D printer showed up in her office. The summer of 2016 was the summer of learning to print 3-dimensional art using Photoshop, Autocad, and 123D. The small sculpture of the Gannon Arch is a favorite.

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 lives in Erie, with her husband, two cats- Digit and Gracie and a dog named "America's President Cool" AKA Callie.

Her WIX portfolio for graphics is:


Courses Taught

  • 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 400 Senior Seminar and Thesis
  • ENGL 371 Mass Media and Popular Culture

Educational History

  • 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


Professional Experience

  • 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
  • Schuster Theatre Graphics work 2013,2014,2015,2016
  • Director of University Media Center, Nash Library 1982-1987
  • Faculty Member in the School of Communication and the Arts 1987-present (don't do the math!)



  • New Faculty Mentoring Committee
  • Middle States Committee on Institutional Resources
  • One of the departmental Admissions contacts
  • University Innovation Task Force- Gannovation
  • University Art Selection and Placement committee