Cathryn has been teaching for UCCS in the department of Communication as an Adjunct Instructor since 2011. She has her B.A. in English Literature and Education and her M.A. in Communication from UCCS. Cathryn has worked professionally in education for over 20 years, in the past as a Literature and Rhetoric faculty member and curriculum specialist for The Classical Academy charter school and for College Pathways, an early college program, both in Colorado Springs. Cathryn teaches COMM 3280, Intercultural and Global Communication and COMM 3240, Business and Professional Communication, as well as the GPS public speaking course. She also has taught a variety of other courses for the department. Her area of research is intercultural communication. She was born and lived a portion of her youth in Vienna, Austria, where she attended the local schools in a small village outside of Vienna. This formative experience created a passion in her for immersive experiences for herself and students to gain a deeper understanding and connection to other cultures. She has had amazing experiences walking through other countries on long treks, including the Inca trail in Peru and the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
Her philosophy of teaching is centered in providing space within the classroom for nuanced, real-world application of theory. Cathryn developed the International Student Panel in 2014 and has continued to collaborate annually with the International Affairs office to bring the international student perspective to students in communication and business classes.