Mary Anne Angel

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Mary Anne Angel


  • Full-Time Faculty


Mary Anne Angel has taught Persuasive Speaking, Informative Speaking, Interviewing, Small Group Decision-Making, Persuasion, and Interpersonal Communication at UD since 1988. She has recently focused on Native American topics. For example, she filmed and archived the oral histories of Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota elders in 1999 and 2001, and her dissertation "Making Woman Meaning: The Story of Us" explored these themes through juxtaposition of her perceptions as a mixed-blood, Roman Catholic, blue-collar Appalachian with those of a traditional full-blood Hunkpapa Lakota woman. In 2000 she founded the Circle of Light Initiative, which is a university-sponsored program that implements diversity and inclusion projects, events, and activities. From 1994-1998, Mary Anne was special advisor for Academically At-Risk and Special Needs Students and Coordinator of the Summer Trial Enrollment Program for the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office.

In addition to her UD teaching and service, Mary Anne has been involved in community outreach, education, and social justice advocacy since 1980. She has co-founded two non-profits and co-produced a documentary on the life and death of Lakota Rose Madison, a seventeen year old Lakota woman who was working with the Circle of Light when she was murdered by a gang on Standing Rock Reservation June 12, 2001. Mary Anne is currently co-coordinating the Lakota Rose Madison Peace Place Project, an initiative to build a five-dome Cultural Center in Lakota Rose's community of Little Eagle, SD. This effort is being driven by a core group of UD faculty, staff, and students, along with a consortium of other organizations in the United States and Canada called the Tiospaye.

Because of her community work and excellence in teaching, Mary Anne received the Dayton Daily News Ten Top Women Award in 2011.

Faculty Perspective

"UD's motto Learn, Lead, and Serve aligns beautifully with my life-long vocation to integrate learning and teaching with leadership and service ... but ... I am so often the one being taught, led, and served by my students and colleagues on and off campus."


  • Ph.D., University of Dayton
  • M.A., University of Cincinnati
  • B.A., University of Cincinnati

Research Interests

  • Servant leadership
  • Multiracial feminism
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Native American topics