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Professor Emeritus

Donna Rouner

Discipline: Journalism and Media Communications
Colorado State University

Donna Rouner, an emeritus professor from Colorado State University, has taught journalism and communication for over 40 years.  She retired from Colorado State University Spring 2014, where she taught courses in reporting, writing, multiculturalism, health communication, and communication theory and methodology in the Journalism and Media Studies Department, as well as courses in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies.  She received teaching honors, including the Colorado State University Teacher of the Year award. Donna received her Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983.  She taught as a visiting professor at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where she helped establish a center on the study of communication and narratives, and she has spoken at other universities in the Netherlands, Germany and England.  Having published over 40 articles in scholarly journals, Donna has studied narrative engagement, active media audiences, communication about social groups and health communication. She worked as a newspaper reporter for the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Sentinel (now the Journal Sentinel) and freelanced for several other publications. The Fall 2016 Semester at Sea voyage will be Donna’s first experience teaching on a ship. Her curriculum vitae is available at: