BA Biola University
MA San Diego State University
Graduate work in rhetorical studies at the University of Iowa
PhD University of Utah
Dr. Klope came to Mount Mercy in 2001. A native of Oregon, he completed his BA in 1980, focusing on speech and drama. After spending two years as a professional actor, he went on to complete a MA in Communication. He spent two years in Iowa doing graduate work, getting married, and teaching (at Mount Mercy in 1986), and then moved on to Utah where he completed his PhD in 1991. He taught for 10 years in Illinois at Trinity Christian College (a reformed protestant school), focusing on communication, rhetoric, and founding the school’s drama program.
He eventually brought his wife and two kids back to Cedar Rapids and Mount Mercy, and has spent the last four years teaching communication and public relations, serving on various faculty committees. When not at school, he likes to just “hang out” with his family, and work on keeping every coffee shop in the Cedar Rapids area in business.