Associate Professor of Communication

105 Warde Hall
319-363-1323 ext. 1302
dklope@mtmercy.edu 

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, taking the long road to get here. A native of Oregon, he did his undergrad work in the Los Angeles area, getting a BA in 1980 in Speech/Drama. He spent the next two years in San Diego working as a nationally touring professional actor, and then completed a MA in Communication at San Diego State in 1984.  Looking for more interesting weather, he moved to Iowa City and did graduate work in Communication, got married, and taught for a year at Mount Mercy (1986).  Still not satisfied with the weather, he taught for a year in southern Utah and then finished a PhD in rhetoric in 1991 at the University of Utah.  He spent the next 10 years teaching at Trinity Christian College in the Chicago area, and finally found himself at here at Mount Mercy, teaching courses in Communication and Public Relations and doing research in the areas of Communication/PR and religion.

Dr. Klope is married with two grown children, and when not at MMU spends his time hanging out with his family and keeping every coffee shop in Cedar Rapids in business.

Dr. Klope came to Mount Mercy in 2001 as an associate professor in the Department of Communication, and the road he took to get here had some unexpected turns. A native of Oregon, he completed his BA in 1980 at Biola College in Los Angeles, focusing on speech and drama. After spending two years as a professional actor, he went on to complete a MA in Communication at San Diego State University. From there, 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 Ph.D. in 1991. Illinois was the next stop, where he taught for 10 years at Trinity Christian College (a reformed protestant school), focusing on communication, rhetoric, and founding the school’s drama program. Tired of the Chicago area, he 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, and learning how to be a Protestant in a Catholic school. 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.