Interim Dean and Chairperson, College of Arts and Humanities
Ph.D. University of Kentucky
M.A. Eastern Michigan University
M.A. Ohio State University
B.A. Ohio State University
B.A., Ph.D., Wayne State University
M.A., Central Michigan University
Art Department Chair, Visual Arts Education
B.A. University of Detroit
M.Ed., Ed.D. Wayne State University
Graphic Design Instructor
BFA College for Creative Studies
MAT Madonna University
Kathleen M Edelmayer
Dr. Kathleen M. Edelmayer is a Professor of Communication. She joined Madonna University in 2003 after having been the Chair of the Humanities Division at St. Mary’s College of Ave Maria University. Previously, she was Director of Debate at Illinois State University, Assistant Director of Forensics at St. Olaf College, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Albion College. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication and a B.A. in Economics from Wayne State University. Her M.A. in Communication is from Central Michigan University.
Dr. Edelmayer teaches interpersonal communication, argumentation and persuasion, small group communication, and political campaign communication. Her research areas are religious and political communication, teaching methods, and administrative issues. She is very involved in Madonna University’s Study Abroad program, having led programs to Ireland and Poland/Prague.
She is very active in the professional community. She currently serves the National Communication Association as a member of the legislative assembly and the leadership team of the Undergraduate College and University Section of NCA. She has served as president of the Religious Communication Association, executive board member of the Central States Communication Association, and finance committee chair of the American Forensics Association.
Kevin I. Eyster
Dr. Kevin Eyster is Professor and Chair of the Department of Language, Literature, Communication, and Writing. He joined the full-time faculty of Madonna University in 1995. He completed his doctoral degree in 1991 from the University of Kentucky. Professor Eyster teaches courses in literature, folklore, writing, and the humanities. His research interests include twentieth-century southern American writers Eudora Welty and William Faulkner, as well as the interrelationship between folklore and literature. While at Madonna, Dr. Eyster served as NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities from 2001 to 2003, and in 2011 he received the Faculty Excellence Award from graduating seniors.
One of Robin’s favorite parts of teaching is staying actively connected to her former students as they move powerfully into the design field and become talented colleagues. It’s a delightful and common testament that graduates from Madonna University's Graphic Design program consistently reach back, expressing their gratitude, visiting with current graphic design students, and requesting Madonna Graphic Design students as interns or employees.
In addition to teaching, Robin has had a long career in graphic design, working for ad agencies, in house graphic design departments, and running her own graphic design and illustration business. Maintaining an active connection to Detroit’s graphic design community allows her to remain in tuned to current trends and technologies in the business as well as providing valuable lessons and connections with real world perspective for her students’ enrichment.
Robin specializes in graphic design and illustration for the Children’s Market, and is a member of AIGA Detroit (American Institute of Graphic Arts), Graphic Artist’s Guild, and SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). In addition to teaching, and working on various graphic design projects, she also participates in regional art exhibitions throughout the year.