Mark Grant is a speech communication instructor in the General Education curriculum. He began teaching at DCTC as an adjunct instructor in 2000. The college hired him as a full-time instructor in spring semester 2001.

Mark has a Master of Arts degree with a focus on rhetorical theory and popular culture from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He also earned his bachelor's degree from MSU.

His industry experience includes several years as a freelance communication consultant/project manager in the marketing field.

In 2001, Mark was named DCTC Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

"My philosophy of teaching is influenced greatly by the institution where I teach," Mark states. "My role is truly one of a facilitator. I need to create an environment conducive to conversation and learning—casual but not careless—and then not be afraid to step back and let the discussion unfold.

"Since I teach communication and everyone comes to the class with a lifetime of experience, I have found the most meaningful learning happens on a student-to-student level. I can honestly say that if I do my job well, everyone walks away from the class wiser—including me."

"I really enjoy the interactions I have with the students at DCTC," says Mark, regarding the best part of his job as an instructor. "They are smart, motivated and really open to the importance that communication plays in their personal and professional lives."

Mark's hobbies and interests include spending time with his wife, kids and dog. He likes to read a bit and run every day. In the summer, he tries to play a lot of golf.

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